Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | 2003
Transcription erer should be moved to come. But the
bad spirit in this ignorant old woman,
working her to her own contempt and
disgrace, did prevent her from quietly
taking her departure from the town, but
urging her ou to greater folly, did per-
suade her to enter into the hall of the
council, which was a part of the market
place, and after abusing the warth_y gen-
tlemen of the council, idly and outrage-
ously, who like sensible gentlemen re-
garded her not a whit; she became so
road at their contempt, that without the
decency and respect of her sex, and not
having the fear of God before her eyes,
she Clew upon the Governor, William
Sayle, himself, near whose great chair,
at the very head of the table she was
standing the while, and with her nails she
tore his face and eyes cruelly, until the
blood came out from the place, and the
hair from his head remained in her hands;
whereat, the members of the council be-
came so much alarmed, believing that
she was distraught and mad, and dread-
ing the effects of that fearful malady called
ilydrophobia, fled, confusedly, from the
the place, all except Jim Hillman,
boatman, who had by good hap, come at
that moment to sign the contract for the
well performance of the occupation afore-
said. This strong citizen seeing the
mischief aforesaid, and the danger of the
Governor, who by this time had been
thrown from his chair upon the 'lard
ground, for the market place head no floor,
he with a staff which he bore about with
him at all seasons on land, valorously
struck the wretched woman, who turning
quickly upon this new enemy, he again
struck her upon the head, whereupon she
fell down in a swound, and the bad blood
rushed from her head, so that in a short
time the ground about where the fray had
begun, was wet with her blood. The
Governor was much afflicted thereby in