Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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she hid from sight. These she put on, walking in them with some
difficulty; but she was rewarded for her pains-taking precaution.
Hardly had Alison ridden off, before the old man came to her cham-
ber, and, with stupendous cunning, in the sweetest-tempered voice of
the wolf, with his claws carefully covered with the fur, he said to her:
"Annie, my child, I am about to ride down to town, and will bring
you a pair of shoes. I know you need them."
"Certainly, I do, papa! Thank you! You remember, I begged you
to get me a pair fully a week ago" and, so speaking, she pulled off
the capacious shoes of Aunt Janet, which were certainly worn enough
to justify the desire for a new pair, and handed one of them to him
in the most careless, confident manner. He took the shoe, and put it
into his pocket. He was too prudent to apply the measure at the
moment, though so eager to do so, that he hurried at once to his own
chamber for this single purpose. The result was a not ungrateful
disappointment.
"I am glad she was not there! " he exclaimed, with a sense of relief.
"It would be terrible if I could no longer trust her! if both my
children should be false to me ! "
It was with a little sense of loss to herself, when the shoes were
brought home that day, that Annie found herself compelled to con-
sign them to Aunt Janet. That good lady admired them, as a good
fit, as well as a neat shoe, put them carefully away in her drawer,
and forgot all about them for a month, until, indeed, it became abso-
lutely necessary to throw away the old ones. And the good old
Baron, satisfied, himself, in the first instance, gave no more heed to
so small a matter.