Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter IX: Owls Abroad >> Page 80

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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" Danger or no danger, Thumbscrew, I'll go to Piney Grove this night, as I have promised. You may spare yourself all farther exhortation. I keep my word, though death be in the way."" Well, now, Airnest, that's what I call pervarsion and mere foolishness. She won't look for you, Airnest. She's a lady of sense and understanding, and won't so much as dream to see you after Barsfield's coining."" Say no more," said the youth, decisively; I will go. Let us now return to our horses, and you can then go on to Broom Hollow, where I'll meet you by, midnight."
The youth turned away while speaking, and the woodman followed .him, though slowly, and with looks of deepest concern.
You wants to see her, Airnest, that's it ; it ain't ,so much because you promised, as because you wants to keep your promise. Ah, Airnest, this love in young people it ain't sensible, and I say it ain't strong and lasting. No love is strong and lasting if it ain't sensible. This what you has now is only a sulky autumn fever, Airnest ; it'll burn like old vengeance for a month or so, and everybody that don't know any-thing about it might reckon it loot enough to set the woods a-fire ; but it goes off monstrous quick after that, for you see it burns its substance all away, and then comes on the shaking ague, and it sticks to you, God only knows, there's no telling how long !" .
The youth smiled, not less at the earnestness of his companion's manner, than at the grotesqueness of his comparisons. He contented himself as they pursued their way back to the cover which they had left, by insisting upon the superior nature of his affecton to that which he had described.
"Not so with me, Thumbscrew; I know myself too well; and, H' I did not, I certainly know Janet too well ever to love her less than now, unless some change of which I dream not, and which I believe impossible some strange change shall come over both of us. But no more of this; let us see to our horses, and with the dark you can go on to Broom Hollow, where I will seek you as soon after I leave ' Piney Grove' as I can."