Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XXVIII: Grace and Stephen >> Page 246

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 246JOSCELYN
"Ah! Steve, you're on the sly. Well, I always thought Miss Grace
a thousand times the best of the two, and what's more, I always
conceited that she had her eyes on you, Steve."
"Pshaw, Dick, don't be a blockhead."
"Blockhead or not, Stephen, I've got a good pair of eyes in the
"But very little brains behind them, Dick. You're a good fellow,
Dick, but your studies of young women have not yet taught you
understanding, so far as they are concerned. Do you do as I tell you,
and keep your tongue busy while you stay in the house; but say
nothing of me, if you can help it."
The note contained but a single sentence:
"Grace, I shall await you at the bottom of the garden, and must
see you on a matter of great importance.
�s J.))
The mission confided to Dick Marvin was not beyond his power to
manage, and it was not long that Stephen had to wait beneath the
apple tree, before he caught the glimpse of a female figure approach-
ing. The stars were out, shining brightly, but not so brightly as to
suffer the warm coloring of Grace's cheek to be perceptible to her
companion, as she put her hand silently in his.
"You are well, Grace all are well, I hope."
She answered him in the same low tones, in the affirmative. The
question satisfied, Stephen proceeded directly to the business which
had brought him. He was a man of purpose.
"Grace," said he, "I have reason to believe that your house will be
searched by the `Council of Safety' within the next forty-eight hours."
"Oh! Stephen! Searched The Council�"
"It is suspected that you harbor there a person who, as I have rea-
son to believe, will be denounced within that time, as a traitor to his
country. It is not improbable that I myself will be designated as the
leader of the squad which may be sent to take him. I give you now
my conjectures only, and do not ask to know any of the secrets of the
house. It will be for your mother to say in what degree this com-
munication will affect her, and to take her precautions accordingly. If
there be any suspected person with you, it will be easy to send him
off before the search is made. It is on your and your mother's account
that I give you my advice and opinion, before it shall become my
official duty to act in such a manner as might annoy you, and possibly