Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | 1829-10-15
Transcription and pursuit, the idea was always predom-
inant, that that for which she had sacri-
ficed every thing, could at any time pro-
cure every thing. Her present disap-
pointment, proved the application and
truth of the seeming paradox in that much
contested line of Johnson -
'And sell for gold what gold can never buy.'
The old lady had never yet known the
possibility of the arrival of that time,
when money would fail to satisfy and
provide for the most exorbitant and ex-
travagant desires. There are but too
many who think with Mrs O'Connelly;
and perhaps the universal practice of the
world tends more to the sale, than the
purchase of those goods which, though
they may be sold for gold, gold neverthe-
less can never buy. For the first time,
probably, in her life, the old lady became
satisfied that, at the present time, this
was precisely her own case. A long life
I had been devoted to that which failed to
procure for her even a few hours contin-
uation of life, and in a paroxysm of des-
pair, she exclaimed, while, excessive grief
seemed to lend a dignity to her speech.
'Och, my powr Jule, and is it so, and
is it so--cane it not--cane it not--will
not all this money, which I've fought for
and suffered and toiled for, will not save
the life of my pour babe, who deserves
not to suffer nor to toil nor to perish, and
is it all come to this--will it do nothing
and shall we die, with all this Inonev too,
och Sargeant, try yer thoughts mail,--=
clout be after giving up, my honey look
about ye--Archer, lad, can ye not say-
spake man--and it is yours--all---alas say
for Jule, my pour child Jule, let her be
spared, the swate babe and let me die for
her, och, father,'---raising her hands sud-
denly to heaven, and falling on her knees,
then starting suddenly on her feet and
clasping the hands of Archer together