Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Cub of the Panther: A Hunter Legend of the ''Old North State'' >> Chapter Five: ''It Needed But This'' >> Page 224

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription "IT NEEDED BUT THIS" 225
She and her husband, on account of his nightly debauches, had for
a long while slept in separate chambers. They had no children to cement
their feeble ties of union, or awaken such sympathies as might have been
the saving of both.
Her maid, Bridget, a spirited Irish girl, had slept in her chamber. She
too had disappeared, evidently with her mistress. The lady had not
appeared at the supper table; Bulkley had; but he was very quiet, as,
indeed, was most of the company; the gentlemen sitting till ten with the
host, whose frequent potations finally left him asleep, with his head upon
the table, till borne off to bed by the servants.
Of the flight of wife, servant girl, and friend, Fairleigh knew noth-
ing till noon of the next day.
Of these parties we shall have some farther passages. Enough to say
here that the history is an old one, and has been told in a thousand vol-
umes of history as well as fiction. The moral is deducible from the facts
in all cases; and these of our parties are in possession of the reader. The
truth fully told the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; "noth-
ing extenuate," and "nothing set down in malice;" and the moral grows
inevitable. It is always present in the perfect truth, which is, however
paradoxical it may seem, the true secret in all perfect fiction.