Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 258 MELLICIIAMPE.

MEANWHILE the hurts of Mellichampe had all, been carefully
attended to. Tarleton, so far, had kept his pledged word to
the maiden. He was removed to a chamber in the house which
gave temporary shelter to the family, and the surgeon of the
legionary colonel had himself attended. to his injuries. They
were found to be rather exhausting than dangerous. A slight
sabre-stroke upon his head had stunned him for the time, but
afforded no matter for very serious consideration. The severest
wound was the cut over the left shoulder, which had bled pro-
fusely ; but even this required little more than close attendance
and occasional dressing. A good nurse was more important
than a skilful surgeon, and no idle and feeble scruples of the
inferior. mind stood in the way to prevent Janet Berkeley from
devoting herself to the performance of this duty to her be-
The intelligence of Mellichampe's true situation was con-
veyed by Tarleton himself to Mr. Berkeley, in the presence of
his daughter. It seemed intended to, and did, reassure the
maiden, whose warm interest in the captive was sufficiently
obvious to all ; as her tearful and deep apprehensions on his
account, and for his safety, had been entirely beyond her
power of concealment.
Tarleton dined that day with the Berkeley family. His man-
ners were grave, but gentle´┐Ż somewhat reserved, perhaps, but
always easy, and sometimes elegant. He spoke but little, yet
what he said contributed, in no small degree, to elevate him
in the respect of all around. His air was subdued, when he
spoke, to a woman-mildness ; and his words. were usually ut-