Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 22JOSCELYN
or opinion, will precipitate the struggle which can have but one
termination in the end. I will speak as I have said!´┐Żno more ! "
The father would have answered with new arguments, and a
fresh appeal, but Cameron arrested him, and while these two con-
versed together at the window, the son hurriedly left the apart-
ment. The father was about to call him back, and would have
followed him, but his companions restrained him. He groaned
bitterly, wringing his hands, as he exclaimed :
"Cold! cold ! He will never do. He is all ice at heart. He
does not feel with us, my friends. He cannot make himself felt
by others! And what does he mean by that rigmarole about the
truth prevailing at last?"
"Patience ! patience! old man ! " said Browne, laying his hands
on his shoulder, and literally pressing him back into his seat.
"Enough has been gained for one day. Enough, that your son
has promised you to speak. Do not doubt, when he once begins,
that he will speak to the purpose. He will be hurried forward,
after he has once begun, much faster than he designs. A young
man, having the gift of the gab, and proud of it, does not well
know, when he once begins, where he will stop. As he warms up,
the very opposition which he will meet will carry him off his legs,
and what he lacks in loyalty will be supplied by self-esteem and
the love of approbation. The passion of the orator will trip the
heels of the lawyer; and in the heat of conflict with a rival, he
will rather look to victory before the people than to the mainte-
nance of those cold philosophies which now chill his loyalty. Let
him alone; enough that he is pledged to speak. I will wager a
crown that before the day is out he will begin to meditate his
speech, and how he shall say it."
"It is well ! It is perhaps as you say. But Wattie has not much
vanity. And what does he mean when he speaks of mischief to
himself?"
"Oh, that is as to his prospects as a lawyer. A crown lawyer,
and a favorite with the king, he need not care a button for mere
popularity."
The old man sighed. He began to see, or to suspect, that there
were other problems involved in the great popular issue, which