Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Beauchampe; or, The Kentucky Tragedy. A Tale of Passion. >> Chapter X >> Page 94

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Novel (Romance) | Lea and Blanchard | 1842
Transcription 94 BEAUCIIAMPE.

the high white forehead in the midst. What mean you,
what know you?""Much! I know already that you are alone among
women�alone in beauty�in intellect !"
He paused. He marked a sudden and speaking change
upon her features which struck him as more singular than
the last. The flush had departed from her cheeks, the
blue vein had suddenly sunk from sight--a complete
pallor overspread her face, and with a slight tremor over
her frame, she sunk upon the seat from which she had
arisen. He sprang forward, and was at once beside her
upon his knees. He caught her hand in his own.
You are sick�you are ill !" he exclaimed.
" No ! I am better now !" she answered in low tones.
" Thank God !" he exclaimed, I feared you had spasms
I dreaded I had offended you. You are still so pale,
Miss Cooke�so very pale!" and he again started to his
feet as if to call for assistance. She arrested him.
" Do not alarm yourself," she said with more firmness.
" I am subject to such attacks, and they form a sufficient
reason, Mr. Beauchampe, why I should not distress
strangers with them. Suffer me now to retire."
Bear with me yet awhile !" he exclaimed, "I will
try not to alarm or to annoy you. You ask me what I
know of you ! nothing, perhaps, were I to answer accord-
ing to the fashion of the world; every thing, if I answer
according to the dictates of my heart."
It is unprofitable knowledge, Mr. Beauchampe."
Do not say so, I implore you. I know that I am a
rash and foolish young man, but I mean not to offend
nay, my purpose is to declare the admiration which I
feel."
I must not hear you, Mr. Beauchampe. I must leave
you. As I said before, you are welcome to the use of
my books."" Ah ! Miss Cooke, it is you, and not your books which
have brought me to your dwelling. Suffer me to see you
when I come. Suffer me to know you to make myself
known�to bring my sisters; to conduct you to them.
They will all be so glad to see and know you."
She shook her head mournfully, while a sad smile rested
upon her lips as she replied
" Mr. Beauchampe," she said, " I will not affect to mis-