Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription REMORSE. 407
greatest evil that could have befallen him, to lose the use of
the weapon on which so much depended ; and then, what was
his mortification to submit to a challenge from a hated enemy,
his weapon and his foe alike at hand, unable to employ the one
or to punish the other ?
The rifle of Humphries was lowered as he felt the full force
of Blonay's answer. He turned away to conceal his own emo-
tion.
" Go !" he cried, go, Blonay you are free this time. I
must take my chance, and run my risk of your taking tracks
after me again. Go now, but better not let me meet you. My
blood is hotter at other times than now. I'm sad and sorry
now, and there's something to-night in the woods that softens
me, and I can't be angry, I can't spill your blood. But 'twon't
always be so ; and, if you're wise, you'll take the back tracks
and go down quietly to Dorchester."
Without waiting for any answer, the partisan hurried through
the canebrake; and, with a motion less rapid than that which
brought him, took his way back to the camp of Marion, where
he arrived not a moment too soon for the most active prepara-
tion and employment.
Bruised, enfeebled, almost helpless, the half-breed slowly
returned to the tory encampment at " Piney Grove." He
appeared before Barsfield at early moining on the day fol-
lowing that, the circumstances of which we have recorded.
His presence quieted the anxieties, as it met the desires, of
all parties.
Your hand �what is the matter with it ? why is it bound
up ?" demanded Barsfield.
"Mashed it with a piece of timber in the swamp," was the
unscrupulous answer of the half-breed, who suppressed all the
particulars of his affair with Humphries.
Any luck ? met with your man ?" was the further ques-
tion.
No," was the ready answer.
You are ready for mine, however ?"
To-night�yes."
At midnight. But you must see Miss Berkeley�have