Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter X: The Old Tiger in His Den >> Page 95

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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The color grew more richly red on her cheeks as she replied :
"Oh, hush ! there and tell me what makes your face so cloudy.,
when you come to see me, as I take for granted you do."
"I do come to see you, Annie; but I also come to see your father."
"Oh!" she replied, hurriedly, looking around her, "you must not
speak to him now. He's in one of his most awful passions has
hardly spoken to Aunt Janet or myself since he got home yesterday.
He seems terribly out of sorts at something, and we dare not ask
"I know all. I can tell you."
And the two make their way into the parlor, and they seat them-
selves together on the sofa; and Martin takes her hand in the ten-
derest grasp of his; and he speaks to her in those low, sweet tones
that lovers use, though nothing of love did he speak that was, per-
haps, sufficiently understood between them; but he told her of the
scene of the day before of Walter's failure of the father's brutal
speech, and of the subsequent serious illness of her brother, and the
tears fell fast and thick from the eyes of the maiden as she listened,
and in frequent broken murmurs she said:
"Poor, poor brother he has a hard time of it has always had
but what is to be done, Martin? Have you done nothing?"
"All that I could do, Annie. I have been watching him all night.
I have Doctors Ford and Chauncey with him now, and my good
friend, Dick Marvin. You must do the rest, Annie you and Miss
Janet. I have come to let your father know, and to get you and your
aunt to go and nurse him. He needs your attendance."
"But how can I? Oh ! Martin, how can you think it?"
"Think what?"
"How can I go to your lodgings, Martin? The thing is impossi-
"And why impossible, Annie?" asked the simple-hearted fellow.
"Why, don't you see I can't? Go to your lodgings, Martin! No!
How can you think of such a thing?"
"Really, I don't see why not. I came to ask your father to let you
do so; you and Miss Janet. I see no reason why not. Your brother's
condition needs female attendance. He must have it. Men do not
understand these things. At least I don't. Women make the best
nurses. I'm sure, Annie, if I were in your brother's place, you could
do more for me than a thousand doctors."