Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Beauchampe; or, The Kentucky Tragedy. A Tale of Passion. >> Chapter IV >> Page 42

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Novel (Romance) | Lea and Blanchard | 1842
Transcription 42 BEAUCHAMPE.

I will not suffer it. I will not sit with you. Go you to
church. You will be late. Do not waste your time on
me. I mean to ramble among the hills this morning.
That, I think, will do me more good than any thing else.
There, I am sure there only--I will find peace."
The worthy widow shook her head doubtfully.
" But I am sure of it," said Margaret. You will see.
Peace ! peace ! The repose of the heart the slumber of
the brain ! I shall find all there !"
Mrs. Thackeray, finding her inflexible, rose to depart,
but with some irresoluteness.
If you would let me walk with you, Margaret ?"
No! no!�dear Mrs. Thackeray, �I thank you very
much, but with a mood such as mine, I shall be much
better alone."" Well, if you are resolved."" I am resolved ! never more so."
These words were spoken in tones which might have
startled a suspicious mind. But the widow was none.
God bless you," she said, kissing her at parting. I
will see you when I come from church."
Will you !" said Margaret with a significant but sad
smile. Then, suddenly rising, she exclaimed
Let me kiss you, dear Mrs. Thackeray, and thank
you again before you go. You have been very kind to
me, very kind, and you have my thanks and gratitude."
Mrs. Thackeray was touched by her manner. This
was the first time that the proud spirit of Margaret Cooper
had ever offered such an acknowledgment. It was one
that the gentle and unremitting kindnesses of the widow
amply deserved. After renewing her promise to call on
her return from church, Mrs. Thackeray took her depar-
ture. Margaret Cooper was once more alone. When
she heard the outer door shut, she then threw herself
upon the bed, and gave way to the utterance of those
emotions which, long restrained, had rendered her mind
a terrible anarchy. A few tears, but very few, were
wrung from her eyes; but she groaned audibly, and a
rapid succession of shivering fits passed through her
frame, wracking the whole nervous system, until she
scarce found herself able to rise from the couch where
she had thrown herself. A strong determined will alone
moved her, and she rose, after a lapse of half an hour, to