Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXVI: The Subtlety of the Tory >> Page 303

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription THE SUBTLETY OF THE TORY. 303
This was bringing the matter home, and Barsfield at once
saw that there was no hope for the aid of the half-breed but in
full confidence. He made a merit of necessity.
I have only sought to try-you. I wished to know how far
you were willing and sagacious enough to serve me. I am sat-
isfied. You are right. The boy shall not escape me, though
I let him run. You hear me can I now depend on you?"" It's a bargain, cappin," and the savage received the guineas,
which were soon put out of sight, it's a bargain : say how,
when, and where, and there's no more fuss."
They closed hands upon the contract, and Barsfield now
unfolded his designs with more confidence. It was arranged
that Blonay should carry out the original plan, so far as to
communicating with Janet. Her acquiescence following, Mel-
lichampe was to be led, at a particular hour, on a specified
night, through a path in which the myrmidons of the' tory were
to stand, prepared ; and nothing now remained so Barsfield
thought in the way of his successful effort at revenge, but to
obtain the ministry of the devoted maiden in promoting the
scheme which was to terminate in the murder of her lover.
Barsfield, in the part prosecution of his design, that very
evening sought a private conference with Janet Berkeley
which was not denied him.
What !" exclaimed Rose Duncan, as she heard of the ap-
plication and of her cousin's compliance, " what ! you consent
�you will see him alone ? Surely, Janet, you will not ?"
Why not, Rose ?" was the quiet answer.
Why not ! and you hate him so, Janet ?"
You mistake me, Rose. I fear Mr. Barsfield �I dread
what he may do; but, believe me, I do not hate him. I
should not fear him even, did I not know that he hates those
whom I love."
But, whether you hate or fear, why should you see him ?
What can.he seek you for but to make his sickening protesta-
tions and professions over and over again? and I don't see
that civility requires that you should hear him over and over
again, upon such a subject, whenever he takes it into his head
to address you."