By Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Elia Wilkinson Peattie used to be a prolific fiction author who specific her reports as a lady within the West in dozens of essays, brief tales, and novels. In "A Mountain Woman," Peattie offers us the unique story of a worldly long island urban architect who marries a country yet eminently sensible girl from the mountains of Colorado and brings her again to the East to mingle with excessive society. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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All the emotions passed in procession at night before him, tricked out in palpable forms. A burst of girlish tears would dissipate whatever lingering pity Zoe felt for him. How often he said that! With her sensi- tiveness she would be sure to hate a man who had mortified her. So he fell to dreaming of her again as moving among happy and luxurious scenes, exquisitely clothed, with flowers on her bosom and jewels on her neck; and he saw men loving her, and was glad, and saw her at last loving the best of them, and told himself in the silence of the night that it was as he wished.
Twenty years in the penitentiary! David looked up at the judge and smiled. Men have been known to smile that way when the car-wheel crashes over their legs, or a bullet lets the air through their lungs. All that followed would have seemed more terrible if it had not appeared to be so remote. David had to assure himself over and over that it was really he who was put in that disgraceful dress, and locked in that shameful walk from corridor to work- room, from work-room to chapel. The work was not much more monotonous than that to which he had been accustomed in the office.
And there were others at hand, and Ninon sailed around the cold blue lakes, past Sault St. Marie, and made her way across the portages to the Mississippi, and so down to the sacred rock of St. Louis. That was a merry place. Ninon had fault to find neither with the wine nor the dances. They were all that one could have desired, and there was no limit to either of them. But still, after a time, even this grew tire- some to one of Ninon's spirit, and she took the first opportunity to sail up the Missouri with a certain young trapper connected with the great fur company, and so found her- self at Cainsville, with the blue bluffs rising to the east of her, and the low white stretches of the river flats undulating down to where the sluggish stream wound its way southward capriciously.
A Mountain Woman by Elia Wilkinson Peattie