Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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which they were both very ready to utter, now that the warnings of
Grace, which they had treated so heedlessly, seemed about to prove
themselves justly founded in her fears.
"What are we to do, Grace?" demanded the mother, hurrying up
to the chamber where the elder girl sat moodily brooding over her
apprehensions.
"Do! What can we now do, mother, but fold our hands in patience,
and wait upon God?"
"But, oh ! Grace, it's impossible that there should be fighting be-
tween them. Surely, surely, Walter would not strike a crippled man
like Stephen."
"She has maddened him with her false and foolish talk. He will
not see that the man is a cripple. He will hear and listen to no
explanation. He will obey no voice but that of the passion singing
violence to all his senses."
"Oh! something should still be done."
"Yes, mother; make Billy get out the chaise, harness the horse,
and you and Angelica drive as fast as you can to the school-house.
You may be in time."
"But why not you go, Grace?"
"No! I could do nothing with either party. You must go, even
though you go alone! "
"It won't do to take Angey."
"As you please, mother, but go at once."
And so it was finally arranged.