Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER SIX
MRS. FAIRLEIGH RETURNED home some two weeks sooner than usual. The first of October found her again at Fairleigh Lodge. But she was unaccompanied by her son. He remained with young Bulkley,
having left his mother in New York city, while he went on a hunting
excursion to the Adirondack Mountains.
Such was the arrangement. Miss Burton had joined her friends in
Newport, so that Mrs. Fairleigh had Rose only for her companion in the
journey home. This, however, was effected in safety, and the day after her
return she was graciously permitted by Mrs. Fairleigh to visit her mother.
That interesting lady was happy for a season. But even she could
observe that there was a change in Rose, which by no means improved
her beauty. She appeared languid and feeble, though not wanting in flesh,
and there was a very decided lack of exuberance and joyous impulse,
such as had always distinguished her before.
In vain were her mother's promptings to provoke her now to expa-
tiate upon the fashionable experience which she had enjoyed during the
season. She answered coldly, briefly and in a manner which showed her-
self to be unsatisfied, and left the old lady grievously fretted and peevish,
wanting the usual pabulum.
After the visit of a day and night, Rose returned to Fairleigh Lodge,
apparently glad to escape from her mother's inquiries.
"Why what can have come over the once buoyant spirit of my child?"
she remarked to Aunt Betsy. "There is a serious change in her manner,