Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 206JOSCELYN
"Hush ! I will not hear a word from you not till I am done, at
least. I say that you have told falsehoods upon Stephen! You may
not think so, but I know so. You were told, both by Grace and
myself, that you were mistaken in what Stephen had said, and about
his manner of saying it, and, the truth is, your foolish, headstrong
passions have made you deaf to all good and right hearing. It ought
to be enough for you that your mother and your sister both give
evidence against you; and when you persist in your statement, it is
giving us both the lie. I ought to have told you of this before, even
as I am doing now, but I thought it would all pass off in a little
while, and I never dreamed that you could be so foolish, and so
wicked, as to go off and blab all this stuff to Walter. Mark you now,
if he ever comes to think of it soberly, and in cool moments, he will
set you down as a greater fool than you are; that is, if he does not
think worse of you for it still! It will be well, indeed, if he does not
happen to think you as wicked as i do ! "
Angelica pouted, and was about to fling herself out of the room,
when her mother called her back.
"Come back, Angelica, and none of your foolish airs with me! Is
this a time for you to get into passions? It is your passions that
brought us this trouble your headstrong violence and it will bring
you to worse trouble yet before you are done. Grace speaks what's
right to you; and, instead of your pouting now, and flinging about
you, treating your own mother with impudence, you ought to be/
trying your best to do as she advises. See to it now, and don't be a
fool any longer! Hush ! I hear Walter moving on the stairs. Make
your face smooth, and meet him, and do your best to keep with him
all day, if you can. I will join you directly."