Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 228 SOUTH`VAPD HO!
nation, which ended to their mutual satisfaction. Coelius was
soon released from his captivity, and, to the astonishment of all
his family, returned home, bearing with him the beautiful crea-
ture by whom his affections had been so suddenly enslaved.
His return to 'I'arquiilia was hailed with delight by every
member of his family but one. This was a younger brother,
whose position had been greatly improved by the absence and
supposed death of Caelius. He cursed in the bitterness of his
heart the fate which had thus restored, as from the grave, the
shadow which had darkened his own prospects ; and, though
lie concealed his mortification under the guise of a joy as lively
as that of any other member of the household, he was torn with
secret hate and the most fiendish jealousy. At first, however, as
these feelings were quite aimless, he strove naturally to subdue
them. There was no profitable object in their indulgence, and
he was one of those, cunning beyond his years, who entertain
no moods, and commit no crime, unless with the distinct hope of
acquisition. It required but a little time, however, to ripen
other feelings in his soul, by which the former were rather
strengthened than diminished, and by which all his first, and
perhaps feeble, efforts to subdue them were rendered fruitless.
In the first bitter mood in which be beheld the return of his
brother, the deep disappointment which he felt, with the neces-
sity of concealing his chagrin from every eye, prevented him
from bestowing that attention upon the wife of Coelius which her
beauty, had his thoughts been free, must inevitably have com-
manded. With his return to composure, however, be soon made
the discovery of her charms, and learned to love them with a
passion scarcely less warm than that which was felt by her hus-
band. Hence followed a double motive for hating the latter,
and denouncing his better fortune. Aruns --- the name of the
younger brother was, like Coelius, a man of great talent and
ingenuity ; but his talent, informed rather by his passions than
by his tastes, was addressed to much humbler objects. While
the one was creative and gentle in his character, the other was
violent and destructive ; while the one worshipped beauty for its