Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription II0JOSCELYN
Miss Janet caught a full glimpse of the invading party before she
had re-entered the house. She readily conceived their mission.
"Here comes another trouble ! " said she to herself "I must send
them off too."
Old Dunbar was just preparing to drive off as the new corners
approached. She arrested him quickly, and promptly gave him em-
ployment.
"Brother!" said she, "here come Mrs. Kirkland and Angelica.
They will be wanting to see Walter. They must not be allowed to
do so. If his own father cannot see him, of course they cannot."
"Of course not ! " said the Baron, decisively.
"Make this clear to them, if you please, and keep them out. For
my part, I shall just give them the time of day, then go into the
house, and lock the door."
This was said very positively.
"I will watch the door all day, Janet, if you say so, and keep
everybody out ! " was the reply of the Baron.
"It is just as well," quoth the other, as the Kirklands, mother and
daughter, drove up to the sidewalk. Miss Janet was as good as her
word. She simply shook hands with the new corners, then told them
she must leave them, as she could no longer be spared from Walter.
"We will go in with you, Janet," said Mrs. Kirkland.
"That you can't do yet," was the reply. "Walter can see nobody."
"Not a soul ! " said the Baron. "Even I, his father, am not per-
mitted to enter his room."
"But we have come to nurse him, papa," said Miss Angelica.
"Yes," said Mrs. Kirkland, "we have come to help Janet to nurse
him. We are women; and women, you know, are the only proper
nurses. Janet and Annie must be quite worn out with their long siege
of it."
Miss Janet had stolen away, while old Dunbar engaged the
visitors.
"He has nurses enough," said he, "and more than enough ; and,
what's more, we can't change 'em now! He's better doing well, if
let alone. Let that content you. But he's just out of sleep, and the
least excitement now ´┐Ża mouse running across the floor the mere
dropping of a pin might bring on his delirium again. He's still in
a very ticklish condition."