Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXVII: Picture of Lynch-Law >> Page 307

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription PICTURE OF LYNCH-LAW. 307
THAT evening, as she had promised, Janet Berkeley in-
dulged Captain Barsfield with the interview which he desired ;
and while Rose Duncan was left to the task, pleasant or other-
wise, of entertaining the sentimental yet laughter-loving lieu-
tenant, the graver maiden, in an adjoining apartment, was
held to the severer trial of maintaining the uniform complai-
sance of the lady and the courteous consideration of the hostess,
while listening to one whose every movement she distrusted,
and whose whole bearing toward her and hers had been posi-
tively injurious, if not always hostile. Barsfield, too, though
moved by contradictory feelings, was compelled to subject
them all beneath the easy deportment and conciliatory de-
meanor of a gentleman in the presence of one of the other sex.
He- rose to meet her upon her entrance, and conducted her to
a chair. A few moments elapsed before he spoke, and his
words were then brought forth with the difficulty of one who is
somewhat at a loss where to begin. At length, as if ashamed
of his weakness, he commenced without preliminaries upon
the immediate subject which had prompted the desire for the
"My surgeon tells me, Miss Berkeley, that his patient
yours, I should rather say�Mr. Mellichampe, will soon be
able to undergo removal."'
Removal, sir !" was the momentary exclamation of Janet,
with a show of pain, not less than of surprise, in her ingenuous
My orders are to remove him to the city, as soon as the
surgeon shall pronounce him in a fit condition to bear with the