Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XVI: The Tory Captain and the Lady >> Page 138

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 13S MELLICHAMPE.

THE reflections of Barsfield were by no means consolatory
or grateful on his return to the mansion. A few moments were
devoted to Blonay, of whom the tory felt perfectly secure, and
the two then separated for the night, seeking their several
chambers. In the morning the latter was up betimes, and,
descending to the breakfast-room, the first person who encoun-
tered his glance was the fair Janet Berkeley.
She was alone. A slight flush overspread her cheek as he
entered the apartment ; but he was not the person exactly
who could greatly disturb her equanimity. Her eye was cold
and unshrinking, and her courtesy as easy, unconstrained, and
distant as ever. The case was widely different with him.
He started as he beheld her turned away without the
usual salutation then, suddenly conscious of his rudeness,
he wheeled round, as if about to charge an enemy, confronted
her valiantly enough, and bowed stiffly, and with evident
effort. For a few moments no word passed between the two,
and this time was employed by Barsfield in pacing to and fro
along the apartment.. At length, muttering something to him-
self, the sounds of which were only just audible to the maiden,
he walked into the corridor, looked hastily around, and then
quickly, as if he wished to anticipate intrusion, re-entered the
room, and at once approached the maiden.
Miss Berkeley," he said, it is unnecessary that I should
remind you of last evening's adventure. The circumstances
can not have been forgotten, though the singular composure of