Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 132 MELLICHAMPE.
CHAPTER XV. A FRIENDLY HITCH.
DURING the momentary absence of Mellichampe, his trusty
associate had been equally busy with himself. He had com-
pletely gagged his prisoner with a handkerchief of no common
dimensions, and not remarkable for the delicacy of its texture.
He had finished this labor with a facility that was marvellous,
and seemed to speak loudly for his frequent practice in such
matters. This done, he took his seat composedly enough upon
the body of the tory, and in this manner awaited the return of
Mellichampe.
Barsfield, meanwhile, though at first a little uneasy and op-
streperous, soon found it necessary to muster all his philosophy
in the endurance of an evil that seemed unavoidable for the
present. The huge, keen knife of the woodman glared threat-
eningly in his eyes, and he saw that his efforts to escape, in
more than one instance already, had provoked an expression
of anger from his captor, who at other moments seemed good-
natured and indulgent enough. The tory consoled himself,
however, with the thought that Blonay could not be far off;
and that, having made the circuit of the garden, as it. had been
appointed to him to do, he would soon come to his assistance
and release. With this reflection, though burning for vengeance
all the while, he was content to keep as quiet as was consistent
with a position so very uneasy and unusual.
The fierce mood of Mellichampe was in action on his return :
there was a terrible strife going on within his heart. A san-
guinary thirst was striving there for mastery, opposed strongly,
it is true, but not efficiently, by a. just sense of human feeling
not less than of propriety. But there was no calm delibera-