Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription GUILTY SCHEMES. 29'7
the camp to place him safely in the neighboring woods, be-
yond my reach and my pursuit. She will, no doubt, close with
your offer and by this act you will serve me quite as much as
the prisoner and herself."
To this plan Blonay started sundry little objections, for all
of which the tory had duly provided himself with overruling
answers. The half-breed, simply enough, demanded why
Barsfield, proposing, as he did, to render so great a service to
the prisoner, should scruple to say to him and to the young
lady who watched both sufficiently interested to keep his
secret what he now so freely said to him ? This was soon
answered.
They will suspect me of a design to involve the prisoner
in some new difficulty, as they have no reason to suppose me
desirous of serving either. I have no motive to befriend him
none. But, on the contrary, they know me as his enemy,
and believe the worst of me accordingly. You only know why
I propose this scheme."
The half-breed was silenced, though not convinced. Suspi-
cious by nature and education, he began to conjecture other
purposes as prevailing in the mind of his employer ; but, for
the time, he promised to prepare himself, and to comply with
his various requisitions. It was not until he reached the woods,
and resumed his position against his tree, that the true policy
of the tory captain came out before his mind.
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