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New Orleans, and brought her up as a present to mother. She was about eight or nine years old, then. Father would never tell mother what he gave for her; but, the other day, in looking over his old papers, we came across the bill of sale. He paid an extravagant sum for her, to be sure. I suppose, on account of her extraordinary beauty."
George sat with his back to Cassy, and did not see the absorbed expression of her countenance, as he was giving these details.
At this point in the story, she touched his arm, and, with a face perfectly white with interest, said, " Do you know the names of the people he bought her of ?'
" A man of the name of Simmons, I think, was the principal in the transaction. At least, I think that was the name on the bill of sale."
" Oh, my God ! " said Cassy, and fell insensible on the floor of the cabin.
George was wide awake now, and so was Madame de Thoux. Though neither of them could conjecture what was the cause of Cassy's fainting, still they made all the tumult which is proper in such cases ; George upsetting a wash-pitcher, and breaking two tumblers, in the warmth of his humanity; and various ladies in the cabin, hearing that somebody had fainted, crowded the state-room door, and kept out all the air they possibly could, so that, on the whole, everything was done that could be expected.
Poor Cassy ! when she recovered, turned her face to the wall, and wept and sobbed, like a child, perhaps, mother, you can tell what she was thinking of ! Perhaps you cannot, but she felt as sure, in that hour, that God had had mercy on her, and that she should see her daughter, as she did, months afterwards, when but we. anticipate.