Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription TAIZ,LETON IN TIME.
THE group, at that moment in the avenue, formed a striking
picture. The voice of Tarleton seemed to have the effect of
paralyzing and fixing to his place each of the parties. Janet,
on bended knee, with her person half stretched over the insen-
sible body of her lover, her face turned and her hand uplifted
to the legionary colonel, looked, at the same moment, relieved
and apprehensive. She felt that the presence of Tarleton was
a restraint upon the vindictive personal hostility of Barsfield ;
but did she not also know that the name of the legionary was
synonymous in Carolina with everything that was bloody and
revengeful ? She hoped and trembled, yet she was better
pleased that the destinies of her lover should rest with the
latter than the former. Tarleton could have no individual
hatred to Mellichampe ; she well conceived the viperous and
unforgiving hate which rankled against him in the bosom of
the tory.
The quiet inquiry, the even and subdued tones, of Tar-
leton, had the effect of a like paralysis upon the limbs of
Barsfield. His mood was rebuked his violent proceedings
at once arrested, as he heard them; yet they were words of
simple inquiry.
What does all this mean, Captain Barsfield ? why is this
lady here ?"
The tory explained, or sought to explain, but be performed
the task imperfectly.
" A wounded enemy--a prisoner, sir. I would have con-
veyed him where he could procure tendence, but Miss Berkeley