Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 262JOSCELYN
prediction with which he had left him that the "dog-fate," which
had hunted him for his "Alban villa" would pursue him a little too
eagerly and far, and that the time had come when his "hunger-fate,"
refreshed by his venison and Jamaica, would indulge in its decreed
revenges !-~~
The party emerging from the thicket seemed something at a loss.
One of them re-entered the thicket, while the other two laid the body
upon the sward beside the road. From their demeanor, Walter took
for granted that the victim, whoever he might be, was quite dead.
Then it was that, suddenly, he was recalled to the propriety of
pursuing his way with all favorable promptness. He remembered all
the injunctions of his late companion, not to loiter, but to keep his
wits about him, and, suddenly putting spurs to his steed, he went
forward at a hand-gallop, which quickly put a mile or two between
himself and the suspicious party which he left behind him. He could
only conjecture that his late companion had fulfilled his own predic-
tion, and that the aim of his rifle had proved fatal to his pursuer.
Had he known that the brave stranger had first throttled the blood-
hound, throwing himself directly in his way, as he found him so
much ahead of his human pursuers, and had driven into his body the
blade of the same knife which had so lately sliced his venison his
curious interest, in his new acquaintance, would have undergone pro-
portionately a great increase. The hound slain, the stranger crouched
beside his body till he beheld his human enemy, and his shot was
then as fatal as it was prompt. When the other pursuers reached the
body of the beagle, the fugitive was already far on his way, and pur-
suit was no longer prudent in the case of one who carried so long
a rifle, and held the fates in such beautiful subjection.