Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription II2JOSCELYN
is paramount, just now, to your rights as well as mine, and that
neither you nor I have any right to kill him with mistaken kindness.
I remember, my dear cousin, to have seen a very fine woman killed
once yes, madam, absolutely murdered by the prayings and psalm-
singings of a goodly Christian congregation ! The physician forbade,
and told them that his patient was in such a state, that he would not
answer for the consequences. But their Christian fervor was not to be
resisted. They pushed in, set up a terrible howling over the sick bed,
and the poor woman, in two hours and twenty-five minutes after, was
in Abraham's bosom! She went out of the world raving. They had
murdered her body, the better to save her soul ! "
The Baron grew eloquent in the satisfied self-esteem, which was
never-so well pleased as when in the assertion of authority. Mrs.
Kirkland grew peevish, and Angelica pouted, and finally wept.
"It is so hard, so cruel, papa, to keep me from dear Walter ! "
"Some natural tears she shed, but dried them soon ! " as being
found to be wholly shed in vain. The Baron was inexorable; and,
with an exulting sense of his triumph, he rejoiced to see them drive
off, having gallantly offered his hand to assist them into the chaise.
This the pique of the old lady moved her to decline, while the
young lady, moving briskly to the opposite side of the vehicle, was
enabled to help herself into it before he could make his way round
to assist her.
Relieved from these parties, the old man now persuaded himself
that other dangers of the same sort might again occur that these
women might come back and that duty required him to continue his
watch, as a sentinel at the post, during the rest of the day, and he
did so. The disappointed ladies, unwilling to return to Beach Island
without realizing some of the uses of a visit to the town, consumed
the rest of the morning in shopping Miss Angelica being greatly
exercised in her fancy in deciding between two loves of bonnets just
brought into market by the famous milliner of Augusta, Madame
Pequillon.