Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter X: Thunder in a Clear Sky >> Page 95

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription THUNDER IN A CLEAR SKY. 95
fainting and exhausted, but still conscious of her lover's dan-
ger, at full length along the floor. They were gone in the
pursuit, the tory captain and his lieutenant ; but Blonay, though
he had risen with the rest, still remained in the apartment.
The old father tottered to his daughter in consternation, and
strove, with the assistance of Rose, to lift her from the ground.
In his own rude way, and trembling, too, at the idea of his
near approach to one so superior, Blonay proffered his assist-
ance.
The poor gal," he exclaimed in tones of unwonted pity,
while lifting her to the sofa the poor gal, she's main fright-
ened now, I tell you !""My child�my child ! speak to me, my Janet ! Look
upon me! it is your father, Janet ! Look up to me, my
daughter !"
Her eyes unclosed, and her lips were moved in correspondence
with the agoniziug thoughts and apprehensions of her soul.
" Mellicliampe rash, rash Mellichampe ! Oh, father, they
will take they will murder him !"
Fear not, my child, fear not," was the father's reply, his
own accents full of that very fear which he required that she
should not feel. Fear nothing ; this is my house these are
my grounds. They shall not �no, my daughter, they dare
not touch a hair of the head of Mellichampe."
But the daughter knew better than her father his own weak-
ness and the insecurity of her lover, and she shook her head
mournfully, though listening patiently to all his efforts at con-
solation. In that moment the father's love of his child grew
conspicuous. He hung over her, and sobbed freely like an
infant. He said a thousand soothing things in her ears ; pre-
dicted a long life of happiness with her lover ; strove to reas-
sure her on every topic of their mutual apprehension ; and, on
his own tottering frame, with the assistance of Rose Duncan,
helped her to the chamber whose repose she seemed so impera-
tively to require.