Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXVI: The Subtlety of the Tory >> Page 305

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription TIE SUBTLETY OF THE TORY. 305
happen, rather than that I should for ever dream, and for ever
dread, the worst. Suffering is one part of life�it may be the
greatest part of mine. I must not shrink from what I was
designed to meet; and God give me strength to meet it as I
should, and cheer me to bear up against it with a calm forti-
tude. I feel that this man is the bringer of evil tidings : I am
impressed with a fear which almost persuades me to refuse
him this meeting. But, as I know this feeling to be a fear,
and at variance with my duty to myself not less than to Melli-
champe, I will not refuse him, I will go ; I will hear what he
would say."
And here I must remain, stuck up like a painted image, to
listen to Lieutenant Clayton's rose-water compliments. The
man is so bandboxy, so excruciatingly tidy and trim in every-
thing he says, so measured and musical, and laughs with such
continual desperation, that he ,sickens me to death to enter-
tain him."
Yet you do entertain him, Rose."
How can I help it ? You will not ; and the man looks as
if he came for an entertainment."
And you never disappoint him, Rose.""'Twould be too cruel, that, Janet; for you neither look
nor say anything toward it. You might as well be the old
Dutch Venus, stuck up in the corner, whose fat cheeks and
small eyes used to give your grandfather such an extensive
subject for eulogy. You leave all the task of keeping up.the
racket, and should not wonder if I seek, as well as in me lies,
to maintain your guests in good humor with themselves, at
least."
And with you. You certainly succeed, Rose, in both ob-
jects. Task or not, you are not displeased with the �labor of
entertaining Lieutenant Clayton, if I judge not very erro-
neously of your eyes and features generally. And then your
laugh, too, Rose -- don't speak of the lieutenant's your laugh
is, of all, laughs, the most truly natural when you hearken to
his good sayings."
Janet, you are getting to be quite censorious. I am
shocked at you. Really, you ought to know, that to entertain