Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXIII: Lovers' Doubts and Dreams >> Page 282

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 2 82 MELLICII A MPE.
so I am at a loss to determine ; but all precautions will be un-
availing where a man like Barsfield is bent upon crime,
and where, in addition to his criminal propensity, he has
the habitual cunning of a man accustomed to its indulgence.
He will contrive some means to shift the . responsibility of
the charge, in some mcment or other, to other shoulders,
and will avail himself of that moment to rid himself of me,
if he possibly can. We must only be heedful of all change
of circumstances, and seek to apprise Witherspoon of my sit-
uation. He will not be far off, I well know ; for he must be
miserable in my absence."
Oh, trust me, Ernest, I shall watch you more closely than
those sentinels. Love, surely, can watch as well as hate.""Better�better, my Janet. May I deserve your care
your love. May I always do you justice, living or dying."
Her cheek rested upon his, and she wept freely to hear his
words. He continued
I know that you will watch over me, and I chafe not more
at my own weakness than at the charge and care that this
dreary watch must impose upon you."" A sweet care �a dear, not a dreary, watch. Oh ! Ernest
it is the sweetest of all cares to watch for the good of those
we love."
I feel it sweet to be thus watched, dearest ; so sweet that,
under other circumstances, I feel that I should not be willing
to relieve you. of the duty. But you have little strength--
little ability, in corresponding even with your will to serve
me. This villain will elude your vigilance he will practise
in some way upon you ; and oh, my Janet, what if he succeed
in his murderous wish�what if "
With a convulsive sob, that spoke the fullness of her heart
and its perfect devotion, she threw herself upon his bosom,
and her lips responded to his gloomy anticipations while inter-
rupting them.
I am not strong enough to save you, Ernest, and to con-
tend with your murderer, if such he should become ; but there
is one thing that I.am strong enough for."
What is that, dearest 7"