Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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and argued, from his premises, clearly to most logical conclusions. I
do not know, indeed, that any one present was better satisfied than
myself; and, from what I could see and hear, I am inclined to think
that the greater number of persons present, were all well satisfied.
They were certainly well informed."
There was a slight hesitancy of manner, in the look and language
of the elder sister, as she continued :
"And was there nobody to answer him? Were there no other
speakers? None on the other side? for I suppose there must be two
sides to every question."
"Some other speeches were made, but after Mr. Drayton's, they
need hardly to be considered, and will hardly be remembered. Per-
haps it would be well for the parties if they could have been forgotten
as soon as spoken."
"Indeed! and why so? Were they so bad, Stephen?"
"They were not calculated to do much credit to the speakers. In-
deed, it is a somewhat perilous thing to follow in the wake of an
accomplished orator, like Mr. Drayton. We have not the men for
that here."
"But who did speak, Stephen?" demanded the elder sister, press-
ing her question. He answered, somewhat reluctantly :
"Young Dunbar Walter spoke."
"Ah!"
"Well, how did he do?"
"He was unfortunate, I think. His heart did not seem to be with
his head, and his speech was all uphill work. The sympathies of the
audience were not with him, nor do I think did his own inclinations
serve to do justice to his mind. Poor fellow ! I was truly sorry for
him! His exhibition was most pitiable."
While Stephen was thus speaking, the younger sister had risen
from the table and moved in the direction of the door. There were
some symptoms of agitation and excitement in her manner while he
was speaking, which were apparent to all but Stephen himself. He
was, in fact, addressing himself to the elder sister chiefly, in reply to
her questions; and, though he looked round to the movement of the
other, as she rose from table, his eyes were quickly averted from her.
But, when he paused from speaking, standing just within the door,