Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Cub of the Panther: A Hunter Legend of the ''Old North State'' >> Chapter Three: How a Woman's Tongue Can Clear the Atmosphere by Pleasantly Disturbing It >> Page 57

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER THREE
MATTIE FULLER lost no time, after her return home, in making a full report of her discoveries at Rose Cottage. This report she made, either in the hearing of Mike Baynam, addressed, however, to
her husband, or in snatches addressed to Mike himself. As she felt her
way in speaking to the latter, she grew bolder, and, on the authority of
Aunt Betsy, impressed upon him her convictions that he had only to
urge his suit promptly to obtain a favorable answer. To use the expres-
sion, if not elegant idiom of the good aunt, he had really only to say
"snip," and she would certainly respond with the amiable affirmative,
"snap;" that she was a skittish filly, to be caught by a trick, then bridled
by a determined master; that in her conduct at the wedding she had
simply shown herself coquettish; the consideration bestowed upon the
two fashionable young men being merely the result of a vanity which
had been so long fed upon the attentions of the gallants, that it had
become natural for her to receive, to welcome, and even to desire them,
but that the desire did not extend beyond the gratification of a young
girl's vanity, and in no ways showed that her affections were involved
in the matter.
All of which Mike Baynam drank in with welcoming ears, though
in studied silence, making no sort of comment upon her proceedings,
and showing no sort of emotion at the tenor of her report. He was hap-
pily quiescent.
In making this report, Mattie Fuller had shown a most unselfish