Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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"What more can you say that you have not already said?" he
replied. "Now, hear me, Annie. I have resolved."
"Ah!"
"I will do somewhat to satisfy you. I will go on the mission of
our father to-morrow. I will not suffer the pursuit of this scoundrel
to defeat that object. But this is all I will promise you. Be content
with this, Annie. It is all that you get from me now, though you
should plead all night. And now, go to bed."
"You will then go to-morrow?"
"Yes."
"I will be up in the morning before you start, and give you
breakfast."
"Let it be early. I must be off at the very break of day. I shall
probably have to ride fifty miles to-morrow."
She kissed him, and gave her hand to Martin. He, too, would
have kissed her, but she shook her head.
"No, Martin ! �not again until you promise me."
He dropped his head.
"Ah !�is it so, Martin? And so hate triumphs over love ! "
Martin groaned, and, as she gave him a sad look at retiring, he
suddenly turned, caught her in his arms, and kissed her then said:
"It shall be as you say. I will not seek this man; but"
"But what, Martin?"
"He must not cross my path ! "
She was gone.
When her last footsteps were heard ascending on the stairs, Walter
closed and locked the door.
"Martin," said he, "I will not seek this scoundrel, Alison; I feel
that I must yield myself for the present to the requisitions of my
father, but I will leave a message for him. I will not ask you to
deliver it, for two reasons. I would not, in the first place, involve
you in any situation which might lose you the regards of my sister.
The other reason I shall keep to myself. Sit while I write."
He seated himself at a desk and hastily penned two brief notes,
one addressed to Major Alison, the other to John Cummings, Esq.
The note to Alison was covered in that to Cummings.
These done, he gave them to Martin.