Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXIV: Sketches of the Strife >> Page 216

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 216 MELLICHAMPE.
LET US retrace our steps ; let us go back in our narrative,
and review the feelings and the fortunes of other parties to our
story, not less important in its details, and quite as dear in our
regards. Let us seek the temporary dwelling of the Berkeley
family, and contemplate the condition and the employment of
its inmates during the progress of the severe strife of which
we have given a partial history. Its terrors were not less
imposing to them than they were to those who had been actors
in the conflict. To the young maidens, indeed, it certainly
was far more terrible than to the brave men; warmed with the
provocation and reckless from- the impulses of strife. And
yet, how differently did the events of the day affect the, two
maidens´┐Żhow forcibly did they bring out and illustrate their
very different characters ! To the casual observer, there was
very little change in the demeanor of Janet Berkeley, She
seemed the same subdued, sad, yet enduring and uncomplain-
ing creature, looking for affliction because she had been so
often subjected to its pressure ; yet, from that very cause,
looking for it without apprehension, and in all the strength of
religious resignation.
Not so with her more volatile companion. The terrors of
the fight, so near at hand, so novel in its forms, and so fearful
to one who never, till now, had associated it in her thought
with any other features than those of old romance where
the gorgeousness and the glitter, the cheering music and the
proud array, were contrived to conceal the danger, if not to
salve the hurts´┐Żbrought to her other and more paralyzing sen-
sations. All her levity departed with the approach and pres-