Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Southward Ho! A Spell of Sunshine >> Chapter XII / The Picture of Judgment; Or, The Grotta Del Tifone >> Page 230

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 000 SOUTHWARD 110
shows of tenderness, and the fond, confiding husband resumed
his labors on the beautiful, with perhaps too little regard to what
was going on around him. Meanwhile, the expression in the
face of Aurelia had been gradually deepening into gravity. Care
was clouding her brow, and an air of anxiety manifested itself
upon her cheek� a look of apprehension�as if some danger
were impending�some great fear threatening in her heart.
This continued for some time, when she became conscious that
the eye of her husband began to be fixed inquiringly upon her,
and with the look of one dissatisfied, if not doubtful� disturbed
if not suspicious and with certain sensibilities rendered acute
and watchful, which had been equally confiding and affectionate
before. These signs increased her disquiet, deepened her anxi-
ety. But she was silent. The glances of her husband were full
of appeal, but she gave them no response. She could but re-
tire from his presence, and sigh to herself in solitude. There
was evidently a mystery in this conduct, and the daily increas-
ing anxieties of the husband betrayed his doubts lest it might
prove a humiliating one at the solution. But he, too, was silent.
His pride forbade that he should declare himself when he could
only speak of vague surmises and perhaps degrading suspicions.
He was silent, but not at ease. His pleasant labors of the studio
were abandoned. Was it for relief from his own thoughts that
he was now so frequently in company with Aruns, or did he
hope to obtain from the latter any clue to the mystery which
disturbed his household ? It was not in the art of Aurelia so to
mould the expression of her countenance as to hide from others
the anxiety which she felt in the increasing and secret commun-
ion of the brothers. She watched their departure with dread,
and witnessed their return together with agitation. She saw, or
fancied she saw, in the looks of the younger, a malignant exul-
tation which even his habitual cunning did not suffer him en-
tirely to conceal.
AT length the cloud seemed to clear away from the brow of
her husband. He once more resumed his labors, and with an
avidity which he had not betrayed before. His passion now