Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription REMORSE. 397
THE absence of Blonay occasioned no small annoyance to
all the leading parties at Piney Grove." Suspicious of all
things and persons, the tory captain, who depended for the
prosecution of his scheme upon Blonay's ministry, began to
fear that the half-breed was playing him false. Not confiding
to him at first, under a doubt of his integrity, the suspicions
of Janet and Mellichampe were duly increased by his absence.
Neither of these parties seemed to think of the possibility of
evil having befallen him. It was more natural, he was so low
and destitute, to think of his evil nature rather than of his hu-
man liability to mishap.
But Barsfield made his preparations, notwithstanding the
absence of his ally. He had already chosen a certain number
of his more resolute and ready men, to whom certain stations
were to be assigned, along where the .course of Mellichampe lay,
under the guidance of the half-breed. The tory, however, had
not communicated anything calculated to arouse the suspicions
of those whom he employed. That communication was left over
for the last moment. He simply prescribed their places of
watch, and commanded the utmost vigilance.
There was another order given about this time by Captain
Barsfield, which had its annoyances for other parties in our
narrative. To Lieutenant Clayton was assigned the duty,
with a small escort, of conveying Mellichampe for trial to
Charleston, in the beginning of the ensuing week. This order
produced some little. sensation.
And you really leave ' Piney Grove' so soon, Lieutenant
Clayton ?" was the inquiry of Rose Duncan that evening,