Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription 26 THE CUB OF THE PANTHER
"Take care, Rose, my gal. You may trifle with one man too often; and
trifle with your time one hour too long. There's an appinted hour for
every woman, an of she lets that hour slip, she may be hunting it with-
out any hope to find it for twenty years after. An honest heart in a man,
where it loves, is apt to be a mighty proud one; and Mike Baynam is
not only an honest and airnest, but a mighty proud man in his way.
Ef he should ax you once, and you don't answer, or make him feel fool-
ish by your answer, take my word for it, he'll never give you a chaince
to change your answer to his better liking.""I'm not afraid, my dear Aunty. I think I know Mike Baynam by this
time, quite as well as you do; and I don't think anything that I can say
or do will drive him from me. The poor fellow, I really do believe, loves
me in earnest; and I find it so pleasant to think so, that I do not mean
that he should have my answer in too great a hurry, let him ask when
he pleases; for you know, Aunt Betsy, what I have heard you so fre-
quently say, that in taking your husband, you are apt to lose your lover.
Let Mike alone, and do you leave me alone. I'm not afraid of his falling
off, and I can find my own way through the woods. I do not mean to
sacrifice any of my beaux, by turning one of them into a knot in a
hurry."
And no other answer could the dissatisfied aunt obtain from the
flippant girl, with all her entreaties. She was too confident of her charms
to fear the loss of any suitor by her coyness.