Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER FIVE
"IT NEEDED BUT THIS?'
THE RELATIONSHIP which, as we know, existed between our "Cub of the Panther" and Squire Fairleigh, of Fairleigh Lodge, is quite too close to suffer us to pursue the career of the former, without giving some
heed to that of the latter, in such respects as seriously affect the fate or
fortunes of either. We are unprepared to say, or suspect, that Fairleigh
himself knew anything more than the son, of the natural tie between
them. It is quite probable, on the contrary, that he did not. His mother,
as we have seen, had given him no clue to the subject; and it was one
which he himself would naturally desire to escape. His friends and asso-
ciates, among the upper classes wholly, were probably quite as ignorant
as himself, or had heard nothing more than vague rumors, which they
did not care to pursue or remember. The great gulf which opened
between the two classes, the Squirearchy on the one hand, and the
Hunter tribes on the other, brought them rarely into anything like social
communion. The Squire needed venison and game, and the Hunter pro-
vided it; and beyond this occasional traffic, the parties rarely met, and
never in what we call society. It may be safely assumed that Squire
Fairleigh was far from dreaming that Rose Carter had left a son, and that
he still lived in the person of the now famous hunter boy, the "Cub of the
Panther," a lad, at this period, of fully seventeen years. Of the fate of Rose
Carter, Fairleigh had never made the slightest inquiry. It was noted, how-
ever, that he seemed studiously to avoid every approach to the neigh-
borhood of the old cottage of Rosedale, into the Eden of which he had