Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXIV: Love Passages >> Page 284

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription MELLICHAMPE.
How sweet the days of Thalaba went by !" Mellichampe,
under such attendance, soon grew insensible to all his suffer-
ings. The bruises quickly disappeared the wounds were
healing rapidly. The care of the nurse surpassed in its happy
effects the anticipations of the physicians, and the youth was
getting well. The spirits of the two became strong and con-
fident with the improvement of the patient : and their hearts
grew happier, and their hopes more buoyant, with each day's
continued association. The world around them was gradually
excluded from their contemplation; and, blessed with the pres-
ence of each other, the chamber of Mellichampe his prison,
as it was closely watched by hostile eyes and guarded by
deadly weapons was large enough for the desires of one, at
least, of the two within it. The relation existing between
Janet Berkeley and Ernest Mellichampe appeared now to be
understood by all parties. Her father had nothing to oppose
-- the maiden herself in the perilous moment, as it was thought,
to the safety of her lover, had fearlessly and proudly pro-
claimed the ties existing between them ; and, if the prude
Decorum could suggest nothing against the frequent and unob-
structed meeting of the two, Virtue herself had no reason to
apprehend ; for, surely, never yet did young hearts so closely
and fervently cling to one another yet so completely main-
tain the purity and the ascendency of their souls. Love, built
upon esteem, is always secure from abasement it is that pas-
sion, falsely named love which grows out of a warm imagina-
tion and wild blood only, which may not be trusted by others,
as it is seldom entirely able to trust or to control itself.