Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXIX: The Half-Breed and the Tory >> Page 249

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
TARLETON, however, whatever may have been his feelings or
his thoughts, gave but little time to their present indulgence.
As soon as Janet Berkeley was out of sight, he again sought
out Barsfield, whom he found in no very excellent humor.
The tory was mortified on many accounts. He was irritated
at the escape of Mellichampe, a second time, from the fate
which he had prepared for him, and which at one moment he
had considered certain. He was annoyed at the sudden ap-
pearance of his superior, and that superior Tarleton, just when
his controversies with a woman placed him in an attitude so
humiliating to a man and a soldier. His brow was clouded,
therefore, as these thoughts filled his mind, and the scowl had
not left his features when Tarleton again made his appearance.
The fierce legionary was a man of promptitude, quick decision,
and few words
" So, Captain Barsfield, this prisoner of yours is the son of
Max Mellichampe !"
The same, sir ; a malignant I had thought quite too noto-
rious to have escaped your recollection."
It had not ; though, at the moment. when I first heard it, I
was confounding one name with another in my memory."
I thought it strange, sir."
You must have done so," was the cool reply of Tarleton ;
for the fine estate and former possessions of Mellichampe,
now yours through our sovereign's favor, are too closely at hand
not to have kept the old proprietor in recollection. But our
speech is now of the son : what of him, Captain Barsfield ?"
There was a good deal in this speech to annoy the tory;