Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XVIII: Pretty, but Pernicious Prattle >> Page 175

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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my father employed him, and he settled the estate, is that a reason I
should love him?"
"Perhaps not! But it is surely a reason why you should treat him
with respect and gratitude."
"Gratitude ! Why, what has he done, which you would not have
done which any lawyer would not have done? He expected too
much for his services; and, the long and short of it is, Walter, that I,
at least, told him a piece of my mind, and that was the way we got
rid of him at last."
"And it was you and he, then, that had the quarrel?" asked Wal-
ter, now looking more gravely than ever. "Angey," said he, "Martin
Joscelyn, his brother, is one of the best friends I have, and, though I
do not know much of Stephen, I would not, for the world, that you
should deal harshly with him. For my sake, I would rather you
would submit to some annoyances. It was easy to dismiss his preten-
sions to your hand, without offence or quarrel."
It is possible that but for the earnest tone of Walter's speech,
Angelica would have forborne the revelation of the true grounds of
her quarrel with Stephen, and the exposure of her own conduct on
that occasion. But she was forced to make her defence; and, warmed
by the excitement of doing so, especially as she was not unconscious
of the weakness of her argument, she proceeded to make her case as
strong as possible, without any heed of the consequences to others,
and governed only by her own selfish instincts of vanity and passion.
The grave tones of Walter's voice were sounding unpleasantly and
rebukingly in her ears, and his grave looks were fastened upon her
face inquiringly. Including all of Stephen's alliances or sympathies
within the sphere of her dislike, she was vexed to learn that Martin
Joscelyn was so much and intimately regarded as Walter's friend,
and she began her justification in a manner which was greatly cal-
culated to increase his gravity of aspect.
"I'm sure, Walter, I do not see how Martin Joscelyn should be
such a friend of yours, or why you should need his friendship."
"But I see, Angelica."
"What is he? what has he got? what has he done, Walter?"
"He is a true man, Angey; he has the virtue of fidelity; he has
been true to me; he loves me."
"Oh! what is the love of man for man, Walter?"