Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Cub of the Panther: A Hunter Legend of the ''Old North State'' >> Chapter Four: The Deer and Deer Hunters on the Trail >> Page 68

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription 68 THE CUB OF THE PANTHER
quarrel with a friend who means well and gives me advice. In such mat-
ters, however, no man can rightly understand or answer for the feelings
of another, and you must suffer me to go my own way, though it may
happen to be against your better judgment. I may say this to you, how-
ever, that I have already resolved to bring this matter to a close, and will
probably pursue the very course which you counsel. At all events, I have
resolved to exercise my will more earnestly than I have yet done, and
assert that courage, which no man should suffer to sleep, whether his
trouble come from man or woman! Enough! say no more about it!
"The east brightens, all the stars have gone, and we'll soon have it
light enough for the brush. You will go down the hollow and drive. Send
Tear-Coat ahead of the other hounds. His nose is best of all the dogs,
and so are his legs. I'll take my stand behind the Devil's Prayer Book"
[a great black flat boulder on the side of the mountain] . "Work slowly
down the hollow on the east, so that the sun when he rises shall be in
the faces of the beasts. Remember, Sam, a short drive and a rapid one."