Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XIV: Brother and Sister >> Page 144

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 144JOSCELYN
"Ah! you must put that matter right. Mrs. Kirkland and Angelica
came to see you when you were in the crisis of your sickness. We did
not dare to admit them, and they were quite angry at the time. You
can easily explain everything. What we did was solely done under
the necessity of the case, and with the positive orders of the doctors.
Even father was not allowed to see you, and he came, too, on the
very same day with them."
"If there be nothing more than that, Annie "
"There is nothing more, I am certain. But your Angelica is not so
much the angel, Walter, as not to find, even in this, a sufficient cause
of complaint. It will be for you to see that she has no worse, in your
long delay to visit her. With an effort, you might have gone down
several days ago. In any case, I should certainly have expected it of
you. The truth is, brother, I am of the notion that you are rather
too cold as a lover."
"Philosophy, Annie pure philosophy! The wooing of a man, and
a gentleman, must never lack in dignity, and hurry is as adverse to
gentility as it is to wisdom. Never you fear that she will be satisfied
with me, and if your offence is only what you think it, I fancy I can
soon put you right with her."
"You are something of the puppy, Walter, in your conceit, like all
your sex."