Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XV: A Friendly Hitch >> Page 136

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 136 MELLICHAMPE.
soon found their way out of the garden, through the darkest
of its alleys, and they could not have gone far into the forest
when Blonay, who seemed to have timed his movements with
admirable accuracy, approached the spot where Barsfield lay
struggling. The tory was completely in toils his feet and
hands tied securely, and his mouth so bandaged that but a
slight moaning was suffered at intervals to escape him in his
efforts at speech. With well-acted zeal and a highly becom-
ing indignation, Blonay, as soon as he discerned the.situation
of his employer, busied himself at his release. Enraged at
the humiliation to which be had been subjected, and at the
escape of his enemy, Barsfield demanded-why he had not come
sooner. But to this the other had his answer. He had fol-
lowed the tory's directions, and had kept the lower fence of
the garden winding into the woods, and had crossed it at a
point which had been designated for him ; by which it had
been Barsfield's hope, that, flying from him, the fugitive must
be encountered by his coadjutor.
You went too far round," said the commander, sullenly ;
and yet they are but a few moments gone. You say you
have not seen them ?"
The answer was negative.
It is strange : but, by G�d, it shall not always be thus.
Come with me, sir ; . I will talk with.you in my chamber."
And they retired to confer upon the scheme which the tory
had proposed to Blonay just before the adventure of the garden.
We will now leave them and return to the fugitives, who
were already far away upon their flight to the spot where their
horses had been hidden. The first words of Mellichampe to
his companion were those of reproach
Why did you follow me when I forbade it, John Wither-
Well, now, Airnest, I think that's no sort of a question,
seeing the good that's come of my following."
True, you have served me, and perhaps saved me ; but
what will Janet think of me when she recovers from her fright ?
She will think I brought you there, and that you overheard
what passed between us."