Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XVIII: Pretty, but Pernicious Prattle >> Page 172

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription CHAPTER XVIII.
PRETTY, BUT PERNICIOUS PRATTLE.
Walter and Angelica came out on the piazza, preparing for a ram-
ble, just at the moment when the wagon, with Stephen Joscelyn's
chattels, was moving off. Walter knew Marvin, and the two had
some talk together, which it is not essential to our progress to report.
We must say, however, that the young lawyer was seemingly much
more cordial than the young farmer. Marvin was rather shy of
speech, and indifferent of manner ´┐Ża matter which seemed equally
to surprise and affect Dunbar, who, at length, bade him good morn-
ing, and turned abruptly away, rej oining Angelica, who awaited him
at the steps of the piazza.
Small things of this sort usually discomposed Walter. He was
painfully sensitive to neglect or indifference, and a jealous self-esteem
naturally referred such exhibitions to some decline in his own posi-
tion. It was natural enough that he should be reminded, on this
occasion, of the unlucky argument at the public meeting at Augusta.
His brow was grave accordingly as he rejoined Angelica, and, half
soliloquizing, he said:
"I wonder what can be the matter with the fellow?"
"What fellow?" asked Angelica, as she took his arm.
"Marvin! He was always a good friend, and something of an
admirer of mine, and he now seems unwilling to give me even the
time of day."
"It's all owing to that hateful creature, Stephen Joscelyn."
"Stephen Joscelyn? Why, what has he to do with it?"
"Everything, no doubt. You see Marvin is hauling away his things
now; he lives with Marvin, you know."
"No! I did not know, and I was just about to ask what had become
of him, not seeing him, and should have done so, but that I had so
much to ask about yourself. When did he leave you, and why? I
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