Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XIX: The Black Dog >> Page 191

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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"Yes! yes ! I think it likely," with a wild laugh. "The head seems
to me in the wrong place. The eyes seem to me to be always looking
backward. The back of the head is in front ! "
"You frighten me, Walter. I never knew you to speak so strangely
before. Come, let us go home. It is getting quite dark; and I feel
scary."
"Dark, and what of that, my beauty ! You that have eyes able to
see any perfections, can surely find the way in spite of the dark."
For the rest of the way the silence was scarcely broken between
them. Walter had shaken himself free of Angelica's arm, and went
forward, in moody silence, as if he were entirely alone.
With difficulty she kept up with him. She had now no impulse to
speak. She was really terrified, and vague notions that he might be
mad began to trouble her own little brain. She little knew how much
of all this was due to her own pretty, petty and, as the world is apt
to call it, in the case of pretty damsels innocent prattle.