Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XLVIII: Remorse >> Page 399

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription REMORSE. 399
But I have a consolation in my exile, Miss Duncan, since
it is to a city full of the fair; and dances and flirtations every
night in Charleston, with the young, the rich, and the beauti-
ful, should compensate one amply for the loss�ay, even for the
loss�temporary though I hope it may be�of the fair Miss
Duncan herself."
Treason �treason a most flagrant rebellion, and worthy
of condign punishment," was the prompt reply of the maiden ;
though it evidently called for no inconsiderable effort on her
part to respond so readily, and to dissipate the cloudy expres-
sion just then coming over her face again. She was about to
continue her reply, and, moved by some uncertain feeling,
Lieutenant Clayton had transferred himself from a neighboring
chair to a seat on the sofa beside her, when Janet Berkeley
entered the room. Her appearance produced a visible con-
straint upon both the parties, and she saw at a glance that she
was unnecessary to their conference. She did not seem to re-
mark them, however; and, though she perceived that a new
interest was awakened in their mutual minds for each other,
she had no time to give to reflection on this subject ; nor, in-
deed, have we. She left the room after getting what she
sought, and returned to the apartment of Mellichampe. She
had scarcely done so, when Barsfield joined the two, and
offered another obstacle to a conversation which, to both par-
ties, had promised to become so interesting.
So much for the condition of things in the camp of the tory.
In that of the partisan, affairs were even more promising.
Witherspoon reached it in no long time after his interview
had taken place with Scipio. He immediately sought out his
superior. Major Singleton was the individual to whom he made
his communication : and, through him, the paper sent by Mel-
lichampe, and the facts furnished by the scout, were duly put
in Marion's possession. The words of the chief were few his
plans soon laid�his decision readily adopted.
It will do, Singleton," he said, with a lively air of satis-
faction. The game is a good one, and only requires to be
played with spirit. The plan promises better than that of
Horry, since we shall now not only rescue Mellichampe, I think,