Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER SIX
GILDED SEPULCHRES.
MIKE BAYNAM RODE with somewhat quickened pace, as he made his way over the mountain, pursuing the route to Rosedale Cottage. His meditations, during the ride, were a long struggle between
his hopes and fears. His passion was too warm not to kindle his hope,
but his love was too earnest, and too deeply felt, not to awaken his fears;
especially as his self-esteem did not suffice to make him fully appreci-
ate his own claims of manhood and attraction. Mike was too modest a
man, dealing with women, to make a very graceful gallant; and, in this
one respect, perhaps, his attractions failed in the eyes of the beautiful
coquette of Rose Cottage.
He was not insensible to his own deficiencies, and was almost quite
as sensible of the feminine desires of Rose.
But he had come to a resolution. He had set his heart on the for-
tunes of the die, this very day, and, with every moment of brooding,
his resolution grew stronger to persevere. In the language of Sam Fuller,
he determined to bring the affair "to an ending."
And so, armed with the dogged purpose to "do or die," he rode,
pricking the sides of his steed, at every moment when he pricked the
sides of his good intent; and this occurred with every decided step
which he took in his forward progress.
Reaching the bottom of one height, he renewed his resolve; ascend-
ing the next eminence, he re-resolved; and, when about to descend the
last hill, conducting to the valley in which Rose Cottage sat, snugly