Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER ONE
THE LADY OF FAIRLEIGH LODGE.
WE SHALL NOW leave our melancholy hunter to pursue his solitary vocation among the mountain gorges, concentrating him-self, as he proposes to do, in the search after their wild inhabitants; and
striving, as well as he can, to forget that capricious beauty who had so
enslaved his fancies, wounded his affections and mortified his pride.
The scene at the wedding, the amourous sports of the Chinquapin
hunt, in which she had shown herself so willingly a companion of young
Fairleigh, and so evidently satisfied to do him pleasure, sufficed to con-
vince Michael Baynam that she was not for him! and, whatever the pain
he suffered, from the defeat of a hope which he had so long nursed, and
which was so near to his heart, his good sense came to the succor of his
self-esteem, and yielded him the requisite firmness which enabled him
to resolve, and to adhere inflexibly to the resolve, to shake her off from
all hold upon his hopes, if not upon his desires.
He declared nothing of this resolution to Sam Fuller or Mattie, his
wife; but they could both comprehend his purpose, from his conduct, as
fully as if he had spoken his resolve in so many words. They were equally
delighted to see him resume his ancient vocation with the eagerness of
his own hounds; and Sam Fuller again rejoiced in the daily companion-
ship of the famous hunter in the chase: while Mattie Fuller, his sister,
exulted in the idea that he had most effectually broken away from the
snares of that "artful puss," as she called Rose Carter, who had hitherto
so possessed his fancies.