Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XI: The Crisis >> Page 102

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 102JOSCELYN
"Why, what do you know about this business, Janet? What's the
matter with Walter? Where is he?"
"I know all, my brother. The case is a most important one, and I
fear the worst from what I hear. But I trust
"From what you hear? The worst? Why, what did you hear that
I have not also heard? My son is somewhat sick, they tell me, but I
suppose there's nothing much the matter with him. Some feeling of
mortification, pride, disappointment, and"
With well-acted surprise, Miss Janet replied:
"Why, did not this young man, Martin Joscelyn, tell you every-
thing?"
"He told me nothing, I believe! He only wanted some pretext for
coming here, and indeed I have no doubt that my son sent him to see
how the land lies, and what is the prospect of his being restored to
favor. He really told me nothing."
"Is it possible? And Walter lies absolutely at the point of death
raving in delirium threatened with brain fever, with two physicians,
Ford and Chauncey, constantly in close attendance his head shaven,
and covered with blisters!"
"Janet ! You surely don't mean that my son is in any real danger?"
demanded the old man, somewhat hoarsely, and with staring eyes.
"Danger! It is astonishing that these young men cannot say what
they have to say, and make themselves understood. But there is no
time to be lost. I shall take Annie with me to her brother. We will
nurse him together."
She was leaving the room, but suddenly returned, and, with grave
looks, and in subdued tones, she said to him:
"It will be well, perhaps, brother, if you will devote this morning
to seeing about the family burial place. It has been neglected for
several months, and is now full of weeds. Have it cleaned up this
morning, and put to rights as soon as possible."
"Janet, my dear sister," said the old man, approaching her with a
shudder, "can it be; have you really any apprehension in regard to
to my son?"
"There is hope while there is life, my dear brother! Walter is
young, and of vigorous constitution, and he is in good hands. Ford
and Chauncey are the best physicians we have�"
"Oh! d �n the physicians! I will go myself. I will see "