Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XXVII: Touched to Fine Issues >> Page 241

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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other lips than mine. Enough that my present humiliation is fully
proportioned to my offence ! "
Walter had really made a great effort at composure when he made
this speech. It was much broken in the utterance. He frequently
paused, and turned away. But he nerved himself to a renewal of his
task, and finally, as we have seen, delivered himself of it. He could
do no more. Martin's anxiety, greater than his curiosity, would have
made assurances would still have lingered over the subject, but
Walter would not hear him would not respond. He could only
say :
"Leave me now, Martin; if still my friend, leave me now. I can
bear no more ! Farewell, and, whether we meet again or not, do you
forgive me ! "
"Forgive you ! Oh! Walter oh ! my friend there is nothing
to forgive. You are forgiven by Martin Joscelyn whatever your
offence ! "
"Ah! Joscelyn?"
The full name spoken touched the sensitive cord, and the young
man shuddered, as he waived Martin off.
"Ah! when you shall hear."
Martin only answered by embracing him; then, with slow steps,
he left the house.
"It was a bitter medicine!" said Walter, when he had gone "it
was a bitter medicine! And the taste will long remain in the mouth! "
He threw himself upon the sofa, in gloomy meditations, and if he
slept at all, it was in that situation. It was dawn when he parted with
his aunt and sister.