Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXVIII: Unprofitable Interview >> Page 320

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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did, ungrateful and unpleasant things�had assumed his most
pleasant tones, and put on a deportment the most courteous
and respectful.
You doubt not now, Miss Berkeley ? - the facts are un-
questionable. These are direct and positive orders, and must
be obeyed. In a few days Mr. Mellicliampe must be conveyed
to the city ; his trial must immediately follow, and I need not
say how immediately thereupon must follow his conviction
and--"" Say no more say no more," shrieked, rather than spoke,
his auditor.
And yet, Miss Berkeley "
Yet what ?" she demanded, hurriedly.
These dangers may be averted. The youth may be
saved."
She looked up doubtingly, and, as she saw the expression in
his eyes, she shook her head in despair. She read at a
glance the conditions.
I see you understand me, Miss Berkeley."
I can not deny that I thinly I do, sir," was her prompt
reply.
And yet, as you may not, better that I speak my thoughts
plainly. I can save Mr. Mellichampe �I am ready to do so ;
for, though my enemy, I feel that I love another far more
than I can possibly hate him. I will save him for that other.
Does Miss Berkeley hear ? will she heed ?"
Barsfield might well ask these questions, for the thoughts of
Janet were evidently elsewhere. His finger rested upon her
hand, and she started as from a sudden danger. There was a
bitter smile upon the lips of the tory, as he noticed the shud-
dering emotion with which she withdrew her hand. Her
attention, however, seeming now secured, he continued his
suggestions.
" I will save the life of the prisoner he shall be free as
air, Miss Berkeley, if, in return, you will ""Oh, Captain Barsfield, this is all very idle, and not less
painful than idle. You know it can not be. You know me
not if yott can think it for a moment longer. It is impossible,