Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XXIX: Fetes and Fates >> Page 255

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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the same course of conduct, other men would triumph, I alone fail
I alone am cast down, baffled, defeated, and humbled beneath the
heel of circumstance ! There is a fate that pursues, a perverse demon
that hangs about the steps of some men, thrusts itself between them
and fortune, and turns their own weapons forever against their own
throats! And such a fate is mine."
"Nothing more probable nothing more true," answered a voice
from the copse just behind him. Walter started to his feet at the
words, and turned in the direction of the speaker, who continued
speaking as he came :
"Yes, indeed, my excellent friend," he said, coolly, as if the parties
had been intimate for a hundred years. "There are some diabolical
fates that follow every man's footsteps sometimes trot ahead of
him, and lie in ambush for his coming. But take my word for it,
every man makes his own fate, and it depends simply upon his own
individual manhood whether the said fate shall become friend or foe,
master or servant."