Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XLII: Scipio Set on Track >> Page 349

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription SCIPIO SET ON TRACK. 349
She repeated the words of Blonay, which detailed the route
in the very language of the tory.
This is most important. As we have that, we now know
what to do. We, can countermine his projects, I trust. We
can prepare an offset for his ambush which will astound him.
The villain ! Along the bay, by the fence, and toward the
mouth of the avenue�his ambush is there : there, then, must
the struggle come on. Well, well � it must be so. There is
no retreat now, Janet�there is no help else !"" Oh, Mellichampe ! there is retreat there must be retreat,
if you really think the ambush lies in that quarter. You must
take another path, or ""No, no, Janet no. Think you, if he designs to murder
me, that he will not watch my flight? Every step which I
take from these apartments will be with the eyes of his crea-
tures upon me."
Then go not, since you will only go to death."" I will go, Janet �I must. It is my hope, and out of his
malice I hope to make my security. Hear me, and under-
stand his plan. He will assist me forth from his encampment
until I reach its utmost limit, and he will then set upon me.
To slay me within its boundary would be to incur the suspi-
cion of foul play on the part of his superiors. He only seeks
to avoid that that is all ; and once having me beyond his
bounds, and, as it were, beyond his responsibility, he will then
have no scruple to slay me, as he will then have his ready
reply to any charge of foul practice. What will it be then
but the shooting down a prisoner seeking to escape�that
prisoner under charges, too, of being a spy, and notoriously
hostile to his master and his cause ?"
And yet, dearest Ernest, you will adventure this flight
even with this apprehension, and so perfect a consciousness of
it in your mind ?"" Even so, Janet, even so. I think he may be foiled. Next
to knowing the game of your enemy is the facility of beating
him at the play. I think to overmatch him now, if my friends
serve me, as I think they will, and if they are still in the neigh-
borhood. We must lay ambush against ambush, we must op-