Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XXVIII: Grace and Stephen >> Page 245

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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That night, when the darkness had fairly set in, he rode from the
house of Dick Marvin, taking the package which he had thus made
up under his arm, and taking Marvin along with him. As they rode
together, in the direction of Mrs. Kirkland's dwelling, Stephen said
to him:
"Dick, take this little slip of paper; keep it secret, but so convenient
to your fingers that you may be able to find and use it at the first
opportunity. You say you have to see Mrs. Kirkland about that lot
of bacon and flour."
"Yes, Captain Stephen, but what am I to do with the paper?"
"You shall soon know."
"But don't you mean to go in?"
"No; I'm coming to that matter. I shall hardly enter that house
again."
"What, Captain, and when they think so much of you too, and
after all you've done for them?"
"I do not think, Dick, that all of them do think so much of me, or
value so very highly all that I have done for them."
"Then they're a dod-durn'd ungrateful set, and don't deserve any
favors."
"Hush, Dick," said Stephen, gently. "You know not what you say.
I have reason to think that some of them are grateful, and have
always been kind to me, but not all."
"Then it kin only be that Queen of Sheba, or that Queen of
Huzzies, rather, with her fine feathers and tossing head of curls.
Ah ! I thought from the first that she was a fool, and now I know it."
"Hush, Dick Marvin ; again I tell you, you know not what you
say. And we have no need to talk of this. Hear me. I shall not
enter the house, nor shall you speak of me as having come with you.
I shall stop behind the garden, while you ride forward to the house.
Do you ride into the yard, and up to the piazza, and make as much
noise in riding up as you possibly can. See then to your business with
Mrs. Kirkland, but contrive some plan for slipping that note into the
hands of Miss Grace, without letting any other person see you; and
if she leaves the room, do you remain there till she come back. I
expect her, when she reads the note, to come out and meet me."