Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXVIII: Unprofitable Interview >> Page 321

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription UNP1tOIF'ITABLE INTERVIEW. 321
sir, that I can survive Mellichampe ; still more impossible that
I can survive his love, or give my own to another. Leave me
now, sir, I pray you. Leave me now. We can speak no
more together. You can have nothing further to say, as you
can have nothing worse to communicate."
But, Miss Berkeley "
He would have spoken, but she waved her hand impatiently.
He saw at a glance how idle would be all further effort, and
the murderous nature within him grew active with this convic-
tion. His hate to Mellichampe was now shared equally be-
tween him and his betrothed. The parting look which he
gave her, as he left the apartment, did not encounter any con-
sciousness in hers, or she might have dreaded, in the next
instant, to feel the venomous fang of the serpent. Her strength
failed her after his departure. Restrained till then, her emo-
tions grew insupportable the moment she was left alone ; and
when Rose Duncan, apprised of Barsfield's absence, sought
her in- the room where the conference had taken place, she
found her stretched upon the floor, only not enough insensible
to escape from the mental agony which the new situation of
things had forced upon her.
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