Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter X: The Old Tiger in His Den >> Page 96

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 96JOSCELYN
"Thank you, Martin, for your good opinion; but don't you see
that it's impossible for me to go to your lodgings?"
"My lodgings ! You dwell upon my lodgings. They are very good
lodgings, as comfortable as any in town. I hope, dear Annie, that
they will be your lodgings too, some time or other, though when the
time comes, I shall try to give you a great deal better."
"Oh, thank you! but you must wait till the time comes. For the
present, I cannot go. You must bring Walter home, Martin."
"Impossible to move him now. He's raving with a hot fever on
him, and the doctors say it will be his death to move him. We must
not excite him in any way. If one speaks above his breath, if a chair
moves, or a door creaks, he's for jumping headlong out of bed.
They've had to shave his head already, and cover it with blisters."
"My poor brother! I must go and see Aunt Janet, Martin, and see
what she says. Meanwhile, I'll send a message to father."
"Send your aunt to him, Annie."
She hurried from the room to Miss Janet's chamber, and Martin,
while waiting for her return, very coolly stretched himself at length
along the sofa, and, from the fatigues and sleeplessness of the last
night, was rapidly lapsing into drowse, when he was suddenly startled
into an unpleasant consciousness by beholding the person of old Dun-
bar standing before him, and by the tones of his voice sounding most
harshly in his ears. The stern old Baron, in dressing-gown and slip-
pers, unconscious of any visitors, had silently descended the stairs,
and was quite as much confounded as Martin himself to find the
latter so free-and-easy, comfortably stretched out on his parlor sofa,
and half asleep.
"Well, sir, who are you?"
Martin started up, and replied :
"It's me, sir Mr. Dunbar."
"Me!´┐Żoh! you are, I believe, Mr. Martin Joscelyn! And what
are you doing here, sir?"
"I came to see you, sir."
"Ah! you came to see me! Well, sir, be pleased to understand that
I have no wish to see you, nor any of your brood. I shall be better
pleased, sir, to see you out of sight! Do you understand that, sir?"
"But, sir, the important matter upon which I came will "