Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter X: Thunder in a Clear Sky >> Page 88

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 8 8 MELLICI-IAMPE.
How bitterly ironical was the glance which accompanied this speech.
Rather say," replied the laughing Rose, quickly and archly, as she beheld the annoyance which the words of the tort' had brought to her cousin, "rather say that she dreads some danger to her favorite�that she has seen some threatening hawk hovering over her dovecot, and dreads momently that he will pounce upon the covey, and�"
Rose ! Rose Duncan !" hurriedly exclaimed Janet, with a most appealing glance of her eye, for she knew the playful character of her companion ; "No more of this, Rose, I beg you. I am not in the humor for sport this evening. I beg that you will desist. I am not well."" Olt, if you beg so prettily, and so humbly too, I have done, coz. I would not vex you for the world, particularly when you surrender .so quietly at discretion. But, really, I have no other way to revenge myself for the sarcasms I am made to endure by Mr. Clayton ; he is really so witty so very excruelating."
She turned, as she spoke, with a full glance of her arch blue eye upon Clayton, and with an expression of face so comically sarcastic, that she even succeeded in diverting the glance of Barsfield from the face of her cousin to that of his lieutenant. Clayton laughed sillily in reply, and strove to meet the sarcasm with as much good-nature as would disarm it. He replied at the same time playfuly to Rose, and the conversation went on between them. This little episode the allusion of Rose, though innocently made on her part, was calculated to increase as well the apprehensions of Janet, as the suspicions of Barsfield ; and he determined not to yield the point, but, if possible, pressing it still more home, to see if be could not elicit some few more decided proofs of that disquiet of the heart under which Janet so evidently labored. He was not troubled with those gentlemanly scruples which should Lave produced a pause, if not a direct arrest, of such a deter--min ation. On the contrary, he knew of no principles but those which were subservient to the selfish purposes of a coarse, unpolished soul.