Save ruin and disgrace to serf and master.
But see! the parley is at end! it means
Surrender and exchange of prisoners,
As I infer from seeing Elsie freed
From her captivity : will she come here?
Enters Elsie. Travis leaves the window and comes to meet her.
Oh, Travis! freedom smiles on thee again!
And twice as gratefully, since I receive it
Given through thy hands and from thy lips announced.
Thou know'st what has occurred ? Pray, tell me how?
My knowledge rests on inference alone,
Since I beheld thee 'mong our countrymen.
Thy own lips must impart to me thy venture.
My tale is brief. Sad and disconsolate
About my father's unmoved stubbornness,
I went, while yet he was engaged with thee.