Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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fast and commanding look, which became her fine countenance well,
as indicative of a degree of character which her very feminine style
of beauty would hardly lead the spectator to expect. "You will do
no such thing, my good brother, for mischief would follow."
"What! do you fear for me?" he demanded, impatiently.
"I am not talking of fear or thinking of yours. But this man is our
father's guest, and comes here, as I take it, on business of importance.
Any step of the kind that you propose would drive him from the
house."
"And that's what I want to do ! " the young man vehemently
exclaimed.
"Oh! Walter ! how can you think of such a thing? Drive him from
the house."
"Yes, I tell you�drive him from the house, on my father's ac-
count, if not on yours."
"Do not give yourself any anxiety on my account, Walter, and
really I do not see why you should be apprehensive on account of
father."
"This fellow is here on business of mischief! I know it! He comes
from Cameron. He is an emissary from the up-country, where they
are brewing more mischief than the country can swallow with safety,
and heaven knows what will be the end of it! This man makes our
father's house a place of rendezvous for all sorts of people. He and
they come and go almost at pleasure, and they come and go alto-
gether by night. They will involve our father in their meshes of
mischief involve him, at his time of life, in political entanglements
which may bring down ruin on his head and ours. I tell you, I am
very apprehensive of the consequences of this man's presence in our
dwelling."
"And I confess, Walter, I share in all your apprehensions and anx-
ieties. It is as you say; but I do not see how your interference, or
mine, can help the matter. You know our father's passionate nature
too well to suppose that either of us can guide or influence him in
any respect, where his will is once finally settled; and any attempt on
your part to drive this stranger from the house, would end in you
yourself being driven out ! Nothing could possibly enrage our father
more than that he should fancy you entertain any such purpose. Our
policy is to treat this guest as civilly as possible."