Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription CHAPTER XIV.
BROTHER AND SISTER.
While these events were occurring in the highland country, the
convalescence of Walter Dunbar had been steadily going on. He is
no longer the occupant of the bachelor lodgings of his friend, Martin
Joscelyn. He is restored to his father's house, if not to his affections.
There he finds Mr. Alison installed in place, almost as one of the
family.
This guest does not please him, nor, indeed, does he please Mr.
Alison. The latter is a very good looking gentleman, a few years
older than Walter, and carries himself with a degree of complacency
which would seem to indicate his own conviction that he is also by
many years the wiser man of the two. He has a cool, composed and
patronizing way about him, which is particularly annoying to Walter.
He is already quite at home in the family spends much time in
conference with old Dunbar, from which the son is excluded; dis-
poses himself at length along the sofa, even in the presence of the
ladies, and discourses to the ears of these, both aunt and niece, in the
style of an ancient intimate or connexion of the family, dropping
most of the usual ceremonial forms of address in speaking to or with
them, and placidly assuming for himself a position in the household
which hourly makes Walter more and more distrustful of his own.
He bears with these things as well as he can, in deference to the guest
whom his father seems greatly to favor; but he writhes under the
annoyance, and will probably break out in wrath under some future
provocation.
But, in regard to his feelings, M01isoa gives himself but little
concern. He is a tall, well made, and rather handsome person, of
dark complexion, but good features, with fine dark eyes, and an
expansive profusion of whiskers and moustache. But there is a some-
thing sinister in the expression of his face, and especially in his eyes.
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