By Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Elia Wilkinson Peattie was once a prolific fiction author who distinctive her reports as a girl within the West in dozens of essays, brief tales, and novels. In "A Mountain Woman," Peattie offers us the wonderful story of a cosmopolitan big apple urban architect who marries a country yet eminently functional 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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Yet she could never feel sure; nothing in his manner after that justified the impassioned anxiety of his manner in those first few uncertain moments; for a second later he saw the body of his friend and learned the little that Catherine knew. They buried him the next day in a little hollow where there was a spring and some wild aspens. "He never liked the prairie," Catherine said, when she selected the spot. " After he had been laid at rest, and she was back, busy with tidying her neglected shack, she fell to crying so that the children were scared.
Yet it was not the sinner that Father de Smet meant to crush. He always supple- mented his acts of physical prowess with that explanation. It was the sin that he struck at from the shoulder -- and may not even an anointed one strike at sin? Father de Smet could draw a fine line, too, between the things which were bad in themselves, and the things which were only extrinsically bad. For example, there were the soups of Mademoiselle Ninon. Mam'selle herself was not above reproach, but her soups were.
The penitentiary is one of these. David Culross had been in the penitentiary twenty years. Now, with that worm-eaten heart, he came out into liberty and looked about him for the habiliments with which he had formerly clothed himself, -- for hope, self-respect, courage, pugnacity, and industry. But they had vanished and left no trace, like the flesh of the dead men on the plains, and so, morally unapparelled, in the hideous skeleton of his manhood, he walked on down the street under the mid-June sunshine.
A Mountain Woman by Elia Wilkinson Peattie