Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription THE COURAGE OF LOVE. 229
to fear the other. It may be � it must be dreadful to look
upon, but my heart holds it to be a duty that I should go there
now, and, if not a duty, it is a desire that I can not control.
I must go, Rose, and I would not go alone."
I will not ; forgive me, Janet, but I should go mad to see.
the blood and the dead bodies. I can not go."" God be with me ! I must go alone :" and, as she replied
thus, giving her solemn determination, her eyes were uplifted
in a holy appeal to the Almighty Being, whose presence,
in the absence of all others, she had invoked for her adventure.
Hold me not, Rose, I am resolved. I must go, though I
go alone. Yet, I should not, Rose, if you would but reflect.
There are no noises now, there are no alarms ; the troops have
gone ; there is no sort of danger."
She looked appealingly to her companion while she spoke,
but her eye met no answering sympathies in that of Rose
Duncan. The terrors of the latter were unabated. There
was a vital difference of character between the two. The
elastic spirit of the more lively maiden was one merely of
the physical and external world. She was the summer-bird,
a thing of glitter and of sunshine. She could not live in
the stormy weather ; she could not bide the turbulence of
strife. It was at such a time that the spirit of Janet Berkeley
came forth in strength, if not in buoyance ; even as the eagle,
who takes that season to soar forth from his mountain dwelling,
when the black masses of the tempest. growl and gather most
gloomily around it.
You will not, Rose ?"" No, do not ask me, Janet."
The firm and determined maiden, without another word,
simply raised her finger, and pointed to the adjoining apart-
ment, where .her father was. The uplifted finger then pressed
her lips for a moment, and in the next she was gone from sight.
Rose did not believe that she would go forth after her refusal
to accompany her, and she now earnestly called her back.
But she was already out of hearing : she had gone forth to
the field of blood and battle ; and, strong in love, and fearless
in absorbing and concentrative affections, she had gone alone.