Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XVII: April Contrasts—Smiles and Tears >> Page 161

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription CHAPTER XVII.
APRIL CONTRASTS SMILES AND TEARS.
Walter Dunbar did not return home that day, nor the next, nor
the day after. He had found his canter so pleasant, and so little
fatigueing, that he continued on his way to Beach Island. He had,
no doubt, purposed the visit to his fiancee before starting, as he took
the precaution to carry with him his valise, stored with sufficient
changes of clothing for a few days. His father �a thing very unusual
with him of late was curious in respect to his prolonged absence,
which it was easy for his daughter to account for. The old man was
aware of his son's engagement with Angelica Kirkland, of which he
did not disapprove. He only said, grimly, when he heard of it:
"Well, if she is a fool, she's a beauty, and a good-natured creature
enough. I suppose she will answer as well as any other."
The stern old Baron entertained no very profound, though some
natural, opinions of the uses of women.
Walter met with something more than a cordial welcome from
Angelica. That young lady was not the person to suffer her sense of
female dignity to silence the expression of her feelings or humors.
She was all delight, and all reproaches the reproaches so seasoned
with delight as to render them grateful to the ears which they yet
appeared to assail. She hung upon Walter's arm; she leaned upon
his shoulder; she wept, and laughed and sang, in the midst of her
reproaches.
"And you are come at last; and you could keep away from me so
long. Oh! Walter, how could you have the heart! And there was
that stiff, old, grumpy aunt, and that cold-hearted sister of yours
and the old Turk, your father to think that they should drive
mamma and me away from your very doors, when we came to nurse
you ! It was so mean of them, Walter so cruel!�and you were so
ill! I thought I should have died when I heard it! I was so miser-
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