Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter X: The Old Tiger in His Den >> Page 97

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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"There can be no important matters, Mr. Martin Joscelyn, be-
tween us, now or hereafter. I owe you no money, sir. I have no
claims upon you. There need be no time wasted between us."
"But really, Mr. Dunbar, you must hear me."
"Must, sir! must ! I never suffer any man to use such language to
me, and particularly a young one. Shall I humbly request to be re-
lieved of your presence? I will entreat, sir. I am perfectly calm and
mild, sir, as you perceive, entreating where I might command. You
will do well, sir, not to provoke me to forget myself, and to enforce
what I now request."
All this was said with an assumption of the meekest manner, and
with ironical tones, very deliberately, with great slowness, if not
sweetness. The wrath, like a pent-up volcano, ready to burst forth,
was concealed in a cloudy vapor through which no mocking sunlight
made its way a sort of Indian Summer atmosphere the storm to
follow after !
"Was there ever such a man?" was the almost spoken exclamation
of Martin, which he, however, kept to himself. He became feverishly
anxious, as he exclaimed :
"Your son, Mr. Dunbar. Your son."
He was interrupted as before.
"Ay, ay, sir; my son! Well, sir, in regard to him, it will be well
that I should tell you that if I have any interest remaining in him,
sir, it only prompts me to beg of you as a particular favor, that you
will drop his acquaintance, as I now propose to drop yours. The less
intercourse you have with him, or he with you, the better for both
parties. And I shall be the better satisfied with both of you."
Desperately, Martin exclaimed :
"He's sick, sir; very sick, sir; dangerously sick, sir; wretched "
"He has need to be so, sir. Let him get well if he can, sir; and
show himself more of a man�"
"He's deathly sick, sir, with two doctors "
"Enough to kill any man ! Were he a reasonable person, one
would suffice."
"But, Mr. Dunbar, for God's sake, sir, and Walter's sake, listen to
me, listen to reason "
"You and reason!�ideas improperly associated, sir. May I hope
that you will now depart?"