Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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weak and timid one, wanting that courage which boldly flings
itself between the victim and his tyrant. He was brought into
the Dutchman's cottage, which Dunbar now occupied. Thither
also was Frederica brought, much against her will ; indeed, only
under the coercive restraint of a couple of dragoons. Her
parents were neither of them present, and the following dia-
logue ensued between Dunbar and herself, Veitch being the
only witness.
" Here, Frederica," said Dunbar, " you see the parson. He
comes to marry us. The consent of your parents has been
already given, and it is useless for you any longer to oppose
your childish scruples to what is now unavoidable. This day,
I am resolved that we are to be made man and wife. Having
the consent of your father and mother, there is no reason for
not having yours.""Where are they ?" was the question of Frederica.. Her
face was very pale, but her lips were firm, and her eyes gazed,
without faltering, into those of her oppressor.
They will be present when the time comes. They will be
present at the ceremony."" Then they will never be present !" she answered firmly.
"Beware, girl, how you provoke me ! You little know the
power I have to punish�"
You have no power upon my voice or my heart."
The preacher interposed : " My daughter, be persuaded.
The consent of your parents should be enough to incline you
to Captain Dunbar. They are surely the best judges of what
is good for their children."" I can not and I will not marry with Captain Dunbar.""Beware, Frederica !" said Dunbar, in a voice studiously
subdued, but with great difficulty �the passion speaking out in
his fiery looks, and his frame that trembled with its emotions.
"'Beware?'" said Frederica. Of what should I beware?
Your power? Your power may kill me. It can scarcely go
farther. Know, then, that I am prepared to die sooner than
marry you."
Though dreadfully enraged, the manner of Dunbar was still