Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER NINE
THE BUSINESS WHICH Gabriella Fairleigh had with Col. Henderson, the lawyer, has been already indicated in the previous chapter. Her purpose was to procure a divorce, through the laws of North Carolina,
from her husband, under the plea of brutal usage, habitually, culminat-
ing, finally, in violence. Her narrative was brief, to the point, stating facts
simply, and avoiding all coloring and exaggeration.
The lawyer readily undertook her case, and gave her to understand
that there would be no sort of difficulty in obtaining the desired release.
He also succeeded in procuring board and lodging for her, in a private
family of the utmost respectability in Asheville, while the suit was in
He had taken notes of the admissions which Mrs. Fairleigh had so
ingeniously extorted from Bulkley; and these, thrown into the form of
affidavit, were attested by himself and Bridget Moore, the Irish girl.
The names of the guests at Fairleigh Lodge, who witnessed the assault
made upon his wife by Fairleigh, were all taken down; and Henderson
proceeded, with as much promptitude as the slow progress of the courts
would allow, to prepare for the initiation of the suit.
But the whole business was arrested suddenly, almost in its very
inception, and brought to an end, by an event of the most startling char-
acter, which rendered all farther proceedings unnecessary.
This event will need that we return once more to `Fairleigh Lodge,'
and once more accompany its hunters on the chase.