Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Beauchampe; or, The Kentucky Tragedy. A Tale of Passion. >> Chapter XIII >> Page 126

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Novel (Romance) | Lea and Blanchard | 1842
Transcription 126 BEAUCHAMPE.

ness. It is to be satisfied rather than nursed. You mnst do what it requires."
I know not what it requires."
Your doing then must be confined at present to finding out what that is."
Alas ! sir, it seems to me as if I could no more think than I can do."
Very likely ;�that is the case at present ; and there are several reasons for this feebleness. The energies which have not yet been tasked, do not know well how to begin. You have been a favoured boy. Your wants have been well provided for. Your parents have loved you only too much.""'Too much ! Why, even now, I am met with cold looks and reproachful words, on account of this stranger, of whom nobody knows any thing."" Even so: suppose that to be the case, my son ; still it does not alter the truth of what I say. You cannot imagine that your parents prefer this stranger to yourself,
� unless you imagine them to have undergone a very sudden change of character. They have always treated you tenderly�too tenderly."
Too tenderly, sir ?"" Yes, William, too tenderly. Their tenderness has enfeebled you, and that is the reason you know not in what way to begin to dissipate your doubts, and apply your energies. If they reproach you, that is because they have some interest in you, and a right in you, which constitutes their interest. If they treat the stranger civilly, it is because he is a stranger."" Ay, sir, but what if they give this stranger authority to question and to counsel me ? Is not this a cruel indignity ?"
Softly, William, softly ! There is something at the bottom of this which I do not see, and which perhaps you do not see. If your parents employ a stranger to counsel you, it proves that something in your conduct leads them to think that you need counsel."" That may be, sir ; but why not give it themselves�why employ a person of whom nobody knows any thing ?"
I infer from your tone, my son, rather than your words, that you have some dislike to this stranger."