Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription CHAPTER IV.
GRACE AND ANGELICA.
"It was Stephen Joscelyn's horse?" said the old lady, with her
knitting in her lap, and the needles plying fast between her fingers
while the stocking grew.
"Yes," answered her daughter, Angelica, as she crossed the
chamber, and took her seat in an opposite corner.
"And why did you start so, my dear, and leave the window?
Did you expect any other person?"
"No, mother; but he looked up at me."
"Well, what harm in that? A cat may look at a king, they say."
"Yes, but they don't say that the king must look back at the
cat."
"You're sharp, Angey. But where's the harm of Stephen Joscelyn
looking at you?"
"He stares at me so, mother."
"Well, that's only a proof of his liking, Angey."
"And who cares for his liking?"
"Fi, Angey, my child. Stephen Joscelyn's liking can do you no
harm, and better his liking than his dislike, my child. It seems to
me, Angey, that you do not treat Stephen as you should. He's
been a good friend of ours, and has taken a great deal of pains
in teaching you and Grace. The truth is, Angey, I'm thinking
that it's more than liking that he has for you, in particular. He
loves you, Angey."
"I know it, mother, and that's what I don't like! What right
has he?"
"Oh! he has a right to love whom he pleases, my child. You
can't forbid that, Angey, and, more than that, he has a right, if
anybody has, to be loved in return "
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