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 60

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription 60 THE CUB OF THE PANTHER
would like to hev from the foolish meddling of some other woman,
who thinks this helping to make the match! A man of fine feelins is apt
to be a mighty jealous and s'picious pusson; and ten to one, he thinks
that the one woman has set the other on him! You see! So jist you say
nothing more about him, and let him work out the figgers accordin' to
his own rule of cyphering. You've said enough to sarve him with bitter-
sweet for a month of Sundays; and it's jubous to me whether you hevn't
said jist seven words too much!""What seven words, I wants to know?""Why, putting down the matter of all the seven deadly sins to the
credit of old Mother Carter. You don't consider that when a man's fond
of the da'ter, he's mighty apt, ontill the wedding's fairly over, to see noth-
ing wrong in the mother, and it's only decent, on his part, to believe noth-
ing agin her, and only sensible on your part to say nothing aginst her."
Mattie had more to say; but Sam Fuller turned over impatiently in
bed, saying, growlingly:
"Shet up now, Mattie, of you please. I'm as sleepy as a cat, and must
sleep, for I'm guine to put out for a hunt at the very first day-peep in
the morning; and I reckon that Mike will jine me to-morrow. When I
left him, he was cleaning out his rifle!"
There was another sign.
The wife growled out a reply upon a husband's churlishness; but
Sam made no answer, and, in a few moments, his nose poured forth
such a bugle blast as to satisfy her that she had no auditor for the rest
of the night.
"Ex Pede Herculem!"
The heavy footstep of Mike Baynam was heard by the keen ears of
Mattie bestriding the hall before daylight next morning. She heard him
go forth, and his footstep seemed, to her senses, to report the full
restoration of his manhood. It was free, firm, and confident, and he
was evidently taking prodigious strides.
He left the house, and proceeded to the stables, which were but a
few paces distant from the cabin. Then she heard his horse whinny, as
if the beast recognized his master, and was glad to welcome the unusual
visit. It was not long before Mike returned to the house, and knocked
at the chamber door of Sam Fuller, whose wife, by this time, had awak-
ened him from sleep, much to his discontent.
Sam growled out a surly "Well, what's it, Mike?""Will you hunt to-day, Sam?""Yes, I mean to; but 'taint nigh on to daylight yet, Mike. This