Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Cub of the Panther: A Hunter Legend of the ''Old North State'' >> Chapter Eight: Hope Deferred >> Page 85

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription HOPE DEFERRED 85
There, she joined him.
"Really, Mike," she said, "we're much beholden to you for all your
favors and friendship. I'm your friend, Mike, and hope always to be
your friend. And I knows, ef nobody else does, what a good friend
you've been of our n.
He took her extended hand, and pressed it warmly. Then he said:
"I believe you, Miss Betsy. I wish I had as much faith in other per-
sons. But where's Rose?""Ah! Mike, we kain't hev things always as we wish, or Rose would
ha' been your wife long ago.""That's not it, Miss Betsy, now. The question is, where's Rose?""Ah! that's the question. Wall, to tell you plain, we've had the strangest
visitor this morning, that I never expected to see in this cottage who
do you think?""Better you tell me.""Well, no less a person than the rich widow Fairleigh, of Fairleigh
Lodge, as she always calls it, though I don't see why, sence it's only a
great big house.""Well?""Well; she came in her great carriage, with her shiny white silver
harness, and her driver, all in blue, trimmed with red, and a shiny-
glazed hat on his head who but he and who but she?""Well?""Well, it was quite a sort of supprise, you see; and my sister, who's
dead set upon fashionable and fine people, as I suppose every body
knows, she was all in a flusteration, a quiver and a shiver, that might have
been a shaking ager, but for the pleasure of the thing. She actially gits
up out of her great easy chair, without axing or waiting for help, and she
ducks to the great lady, jest as ef she never had narves or rheumatiz no
more than me; and the great lady ducks to Jane Carter for the first time
in her life, and the pair on 'em ducks to one another, as ef they was all
made up of sinews and Ingy-rubber; and then comes the palaver and
fine compliments, and the great lady axes for Rose, and says to Jane
Carter she hears fine things about Rose; about her edication and school-
ing, and how smart she is; and then, you see, Jane she sends for Rose,
and Rose comes out of her room, dressed up as ef for a party, with her
best frock of blue silk, and her fine red —I should say crimson shawl
over her shoulders; and the long and short of it is, that the great lady
must hev Rose to go and spend the day and night over at Fairleigh
Lodge, and the great lady is to bring her over to-morrow, you see."