Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription LOVE PASSAGES.
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girl for thinking as you do; but marriage and love are lot-
teries, they say, and it is no wisdom to stake one's all in a
lottery. A little venture may do well enough, but prudent
people will be well-minded, and keep something in reserve. I
like that Scotchmau's advice of all things

" ` Aye free aff han' your story tell
When wi'.a bosom crony,
But still keep something to yoursel,
You seldom tell to ony.
"'Conceal yourself, as well's ye can, Fra' critical dissection,
But keek through every other man Wi' sharpened sly inspection.'"
And I think it detestable doctrine, Rose Duncan," Janet
responded, with something like indignation overspreading her
beautiful, sad countenance for the instant, as a flash of parting
sunlight sent through the deep forests in the last moment of
his setting
I think it detestable doctrine, only becoming in a narrow-
minded wretch, who, knavish himself, suspects all mankind of
a similar character. Such doctrines are calculated to make
monsters of one half of the world and victims of the other.
This one verse I regard as the blot in a performance otherwise
of great beauty, and. wisely true in all other respects. No, no,
Rose �I may be wrong �I may be weak �I may give my
heart fondly and foolishly � I may train my affections un-
profitably�but, oh, let me confide still, though I suffer for it !
Let me never distrust where I love�where I have set my
heart�where I have staked all that I live for."
Rose was rebuked, and here, for a few moments, the conver-
sation ended. But there was something still in the bosom of
Janet which needed, and at length forced, its utterance
" And yet, Rose, there is one thing which. you have said
which pains me greatly.. It may be true, that though, in
seeking Mellichampe day by day, and hour by boor, I only
feel myself more truly devoted to him ; it may be that such
will not be the feeling with him ; it may be that he will, as