Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XXXII: Conference and Confidence >> Page 272

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 272JOSCELYN
She followed him in her zeal to administer counsel and rebuke.
"And now, young man, what is it you're agwine to do? I kain't
guess at your business, or where you're agwine; but I'm sorry for
you, and ef you could say something that I could do for you, I'd
like it."
"I know not what to do," was the gloomy response. "My horse
was necessary to my progress, and I have before me a ride of a day,
and possibly two days more."
"Well, don't be caist down. You must take hairt and keep up as
well as you kin. It's the right determinatin, after all, that brings a
man out right and straight. Now, ef my son was only here."
"Ah ! well, what could he do?�what would he do?"
"Well, I'll tell you what he'd try to do."
"Let me hear that."
"He'd try to take the track of this fellow that stole your horse, and
he'd nose him, I reckon, for a thousand miles till he tuk him by the
"And that is what I should do what, indeed, I must try to do."
"Ah! you hevn't had sich a schooling for it as Clym Carter; but
it's not onpossible that, if I gives you a leettle help and advising, you
may get upon Clym's track, and though I warn't willing to tell the
other man about my son and his business, I've rether a trust in you,
and don't think 'twould do him any hurt to tell you."
"On my honor" Walter began.
"Oh! never mind your honor it's in your face, my young man,
that I sees the honesty. You're a gentleman born that I know'd
from the time you first rode up. There's no disguising a gentleman
born from the eyes of a woman what's got a son of her own; and,
what's more, let me tell you, there's no putting off upon her the
false kine, (coin). You may put what fine clothes you please upon a
lacky, but let him try his best, he kain't keep you long from seeing
the tail of the fox, or the nose of the coon! Now, ef you had been
a person quick to see, and find, take a trail, and run down a fox,
'twould be no harm to you to be a gentleman. But, being, as you air,
only a gentleman, I knows that you kin be trusted with a secret
Walter repeated his assurances of good faith, to which she did not