Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XL: The Half-Breed Betrays the Tory >> Page 334

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 334 MELLICHAMPE.
agreeable, was sufficient to cm;nmend him to the indulgence of
one of so gentle a mood as Janet Berkeley.
Approaching her now, the countenance of Blonay wor,e its
most seductive expression. The grin of good-feeling was of
the most extravagant dimensions, expanding the mouth from
ear to ear ; while the goggle eyes above, from the vastness of
the effort below, were contracted to the smallest possible
limits. But for this good-natured expression, the mysterious
caution of his approach might have alarmed the maiden. A
single start, as she recognised him, only testified her surprise,
and she paused quietly the moment after, to learn his motive
for the interruption.
Hist, miss ! I ax your pardon, but please let me come after
you in the room ; I want to tell you something."
She did not scruple. to bid him follow her, and they entered
the apartment in which she had conversed with Barsfield.
There she found Rose Duncan awaiting her. Janet signed to
Rose to leave them for a while, and the moment they were
alone, the half-breed drew nigh, and in a whisper, and with an
air of great mystery, commenced as follows :
You've Learn from the cappin, miss, about the young man
what's a prisoner here ?"
He spoke affirmatively, though with an inquiring expression
of countenance, and Janet nodded her head assentingly.
Adrat it, miss, if they ever gits the young man to Charles-
ton city, there's no chance for him ; so the cappin says."
He paused. At a loss to determine what could be the
motive of the scout in thus addressing her upon this topic, yet
fondly believing that he had some plan of service in reserve,
by which he hoped to commend himself, she strongly mastered
her feelings, which, every reference to the painful topic brought
into increased and trying activity ; and, bowing her head as
she spoke, she simply responded
True, sir ; yes, I fear it but what .can be done ?"
This question, though uttered unconsciously, and entirely
unintended, was, however, to the point, and the answer of
Blonay was immediate : .
All, that's it, miss what's to be done ? The cappin says