Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XL: The Half-Breed Betrays the Tory >> Page 342

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 342
And thus, strong in his hope of success, and buoyant with
the promise of an escape from the dangers of that mock trial,
but real judgment, which had been held up before him, and
which be regarded with no less earnestness, though with noth-
ing of the fear of his feminine companion, he detailed to the
maiden the entire plan which he had formed of flight, and,
whispering in her ear the passwords which led her through
every scout and sentry watching around the camp of Marion,
he left it to her to pencil the message to Witherspoon, which
he calculated would bring sufficient aid for the service upon
which he was required. The spirits of Janet rose with the
task thus put upon her. To be employed for him she loved,
in peril no less than in trouble, was the supremest happiness
to a heart so loving and so true as hers. Her quick mind
readily conceived the tasks before her, and her devoted heart
led her as quickly to their performance.