Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXIX: Troubles of the Lovers >> Page 332

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 232 M ELLICH AMPE.
your fate would not be to restore you ; and for all my ven-
geance I look only to Heaven. Speak not to me of these
things, dearest Ernest, they only make the danger seem more
real, and it looks more closely at band when you speak thus."
Then hear me on another topic, Janet."
She looked up inquiringly, and the tears began to dry upon
her cheek as she beheld a bright light and a gathering elasti-
city of expression in his eyes. Her head was thrown back as
she looked up into his face, while his extended hands grasped
her arms tenderly.
I will not risk this trial, Janet, I will escape from this
double bondage, yours and the enemy's."
How !" was the wondering exclamation of the maiden.
I have a thought, not yet fully matured in my mind, by
which I think my escape may be effected. But no more of it
now. That is the footstep of the surgeon. Away, dearest,
and have no fears. Despond not, I pray you, but be ready
with all your strength of mind to give me your assistance, for
I greatly depend on you in my design."
With a hurried embrace they separated as the surgeon en-
tered the chamber ; and Janet hurried away, with a full heart
and troubled mind, to pray for her_ lover's safety, and to dream
of his coming danger.