Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XX: Grace's Discovery, and What She Got By It >> Page 195

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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"But he does care, and to hear the woman who is to be his wife
speak in such terms of the brother of his friend, must make him very
uncomfortable, to say the least. Take care that Walter does not dis-
cover that Martin Joscelyn is quite as dear to him, as a friend, as
Angelica Kirkland is to him as a wife or sweetheart."
"I've no fear of that; and I had good reasons, too, for speaking as
I did, and I showed Walter that if Martin Joscelyn was his friend,
such was not the case with Stephen, who was his bitter enemy."
"But how could you say that, Angelica? How dared you say a
thing that you do not know to be true?"
"Dared ! that's a pretty word for you to use to me, Grace, and I
won't suffer you to say it. Don't you say it again. Dare, indeed!"
"Certainly it is evil doing, Angelica, that you should say to Walter
what you know to be untrue."
"Ha! you call me a liar!" The attitude which accompanied these
words was sufficiently threatening. Grace said quickly
"Do not strike me, Angelica, my sister ! Do not, I implore you! It
is sad enough for me to know that you will heed no counsels of mine,
and that I rarely address you, even in the language of sisterly love,
without provoking you to anger. Do not do a worse thing, and one
that you will one day regret in tears and bitterness."
"I have half a mind to do it."
"If you do, Angelica, I shall certainly tell Walter."
The threat seemed to have its effect; the uplifted hand was low-
ered, and, in more subdued tones, Angelica answered :
"And would he believe you, do you think, Miss Tell-tale?"
"Would you dare to deny it?"
"Dare again!" And she advanced threateningly, and her hand was
again uplifted.
Grace folded her hands upon her bosom meekly, and said:
"Even though you should strike me, I must speak, Angelica, and
you must hear me, my sister. I would save you from yourself. It is
now painfully apparent to me that the present melancholy condition
of Walter's mind is due to your influence in some way, and not to
the effect of his late sickness. If you have told him any untruth,
Angelica, about Stephen Joscelyn, you have been guilty of a great
sin, and will be grievously punished for it. You will make mischief
between these men; and God knows what may come of it. Walter is