Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER NINE
THE CHINQUAPIN HUNT.
MIKE BAYNAM REACHED HOME no ways comforted in no degree relieved of his gloom. Indeed, it seemed to settle more heavily than ever upon him, the natural consequence of his discov-
ery of the growing intercourse of Rose Carter, with the great lady of
Fairleigh Lodge.
To what, he asked, is this condescension of this lady due? To what
other influence than that of her son? The conclusion thus reached
seemed to Mike conclusive against his hope; for, how should the vanity
of Rose contend against the fascinations of that charming circle of the
haut ton, to which all the aspirations of the mother were directed, and,
as a matter of natural inference, those, also, of the ambitious daughter.
But of these brooding fears, he said nothing to Sam Fuller or his
wife. He simply gloomed in silence, with no better consolations than
his Cherokee Clay pipe could afford, as he sate silent by his winter fire.
No questions were asked and he volunteered no information. They
regarded him with dubious aspects, but prudently forebore all inquiry.
With the lapse of a day, Mike again saddled his horse and rode forth,
taking the route to Rosedale. It was the day, when, according to appoint-
ment with Aunt Betsy, he was to return to know his fate, and, accord-
ing to his own stern resolution, to exact an unequivocal answer to his
proposals.
But the Fates seemed adverse to the immediate satisfaction of his
doubts; and, as he reached the cove of the eminence, which looked