Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription CHAPTER XXVII.
"Martin! Walter ! I exhort �I command you not to seek this war!
There must be no fighting on my account."
So spoke Annie Dunbar, with her hands laid on an arm of each of
the young men. Her fine face was flushed. Her voice was tremulous,
but commanding. Her form was raised to its fullest height. The
tears were in her eyes, but she looked very beautiful.
Martin was silent ; but Walter spoke.
"You, at least, Martin, must take no step in this business. The task
is mine. It is my sister that he has insulted."
"She is my affianced, Walter."
"That is nothing," answered Walter, impatiently. "She must not
be committed in the public eye, which would be the case were you to
interpose in this matter. And how should I suffer you to interfere,
when it is under my own eyes, in my own presence, in my father's
house, that the insult was given? It is for me, and me only, to resent
and punish the insulter. I will do it, and you must not step between
"You forget, Walter, that you are to depart to-morrow."
"I will not go. I will stay till I ferrit out this scoundrel."
"You must go, brother! My father will never forgive you ! "
"Ha! ha! ha ! " was the wild, bitter laughter of the young man.
"He forgive! When did he ever forgive? What chance have I now
of his forgiveness? I have no hope from him. I do not dream of it."
"You will obey him, my brother ! " said the young girl, grasping
both his hands with hers. "For my sake, you will obey him. And
remember his condition. Remember the trusts which he confided to
your hands. He tells you he has told me that they are of vital
importance to his interests that he can trust the commission to you