Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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than usual in his speaking; and all of them, as I tell you, are greatly
excited about you, as I think."
"About me? Hardly, my sweet little sister. What have I to do
with Browne or Cameron, and what should they have to do with
me? I loathe them both."
"I don't know; but they've been calling for you. Browne went
to your office, which he found locked up. Papa then came to me
to know where you were, and when I told him that you had taken
out your rifle, he cried out :
" `Ay, it will come to that! The rifle has its eloquence when
the time comes, and we shall all need to know how to use it we
cannot guess how soon.' This was as nearly as I can remember
what he said."
"You see from that, Annie, that the affair does not concern me.
It is this wretched matter again of the Crown and the Colonies.
It makes me sick to think of it. Browne and Cameron are kites
that scent the carnage. I would to God that they were both of
them in"
"Oh! fie, Wattie."
"In heaven, my child, and with better right to possess that king-
dom than either of them can now assert. Surely, Annie, there is
no blasphemy in such a wish."
"Ah! Wattie, but that was not what you meant."
"No, indeed, puss, and I might well wish them in any other
place, when I reflect upon the mischief into which their cunning
may involve my father; but they shall not succeed, if I can help it."
"How can you, brother? You know that you cannot hold out
against papa, when he flies into his passions."
"It is not easy; but I must now."
"Ah! if you could."
"I tell you I must; for I see the troubles that threaten him
through these men; but, look you, Annie, when did you see Martin
Joscelyn last?"
The damsel blushed to the very ears, and, looking down, answered
hesitatingly :
"Not since Tuesday evening last. But why do you ask?"