Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XVII: April Contrasts—Smiles and Tears >> Page 171

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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show themselves in the eyes of the daughter. The mother said noth-
ing, but sadly kissed her, and the sobs of the young woman grew into
words.
"Oh! mother, he is gone from us forever! That cruel speech! That
cruel speech ! It has pierced his noble heart like a sword ! "
"No more, my child! I have that faith in Stephen which tells me
that he will forgive that he has forgiven that all will be made up
again between us."
The girl shook her head mournfully, and as the sudden roll of the
wagon wheels, now moving off, came to her senses, the sobs were
renewed, the tears began again to flow, and, throwing herself again
upon the bed, she buried her face in its pillows.
The mother sat beside her for a few moments, caressing her in
silence, then, as she rose to leave the room, Grace lifted herself par-
tially, kissed her, and said:
"See to the house to-day, dear mother. I had rather keep my
chamber. Let me not be seen. I am sick yes, I feel, mother, that
I am very sick�here�here! "
And she pressed her hand upon her heart, as if because of some
keen shaft which had just entered it, while her wan face betrayed the
expression of an agony, which found its sufficient speech in the deep
silence which followed, as the two separated, both in tears.