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Ewing's Lady   By: (1867-1939)

Ewing's Lady by Harry Leon Wilson

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EWING'S LADY

B y HARRY LEON WILSON

Author of "The Spenders"

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY NEW YORK 1907

COPYRIGHT, 1907, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1907, BY AINSLEE MAGAZINE COMPANY

Published, November, 1907

To N. B. T.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. EWING'S KID 1

II. A LADY LOSES HERSELF 12

III. A PRIVATE VIEW 20

IV. A PORTRAIT 32

V. INTO THE PAST AND OUT 43

VI. THE LADY AND THE PLAN 55

VII. TWO SLEEPERS AWAKEN 64

VIII. THE JOURNEY WONDER 71

IX. A DINNER AT SEVEN THIRTY 83

X. THE WAY OF THE LITTLE MAN 97

XI. A NIGHT AT THE MONASTERY 105

XII. THE NEW MEMBER 124

XIII. SEARCHING THE WILDERNESS 131

XIV. THE TRICK OF COLOR 140

XV. FLESH OF HER FLESH 147

XVI. TEEVAN AS SPECIAL PROVIDENCE 156

XVII. AN ELUSIVE VENUS 164

XVIII. MRS. LAITHE IS IN 174

XIX. THE UNBLAZED WAY 185

XX. A LADY BLUSHES 196

XXI. THE DRAMA IN NINTH STREET 203

XXII. A REVOLT 211

XXIII. THE LITTLE LAND 222

XXIV. EWING INTERRUPTS 231

XXV. MRS. LAITHE IS ENLIGHTENED 247

XXVI. THE SUNSET TRAIL 256

XXVII. THE HILLS OF REST 262

XXVIII. THE WHITE TIME 273

XXIX. THE AWAKENING 279

XXX. THE HARDEST THING 290

XXXI. THE MISSION OF EWING 304

XXXII. THE TURNING OF COONEY 313

EWING'S LADY

CHAPTER I

EWING'S KID

Two weeks of instructive contact with the Bar 7 school of gallantry had prepared Mrs. Laithe to be amazed at her first encounter with Ewing's kid. Riding out from the ranch one afternoon and turning, for coolness, up the wooded mesa that rises from the creek flat, she overwhelmed him at a bend in the trail. Stricken motionless, he glared at the lady with eyes in which she was compelled to believe that she read more horror than admiration. There was a moment of this; then her pony neighed a greeting to the statue of dusty bronze as if to say that things were not so bad as they seemed, and the gazing youth broke the spell his vision had laid upon him. He bowed his head doggedly and vanished beyond some low growing cedars that lined the way.

As he fled the lady laughed softly, yet was silent, with face austerely set as she passed the point of his evanishment. His behavior recalled that of a deer she had terrorized one day in this same green isle of the woods; and she had laughed the same furtive laugh, as if in confidence to herself, when the creature tossed its head in challenge, pawed the earth with a dainty bravado, and then fled in such an ecstasy of panic that she could hear it crashing through the underbrush long after it had vanished. But this human woods creature had gone silently; and no great way, she suspected far enough only to screen himself while his eyes still held her through some opening in the green curtain. Wherefore let us comprehend the mien of austerity as she passed.

Elusiveness in the male, be it bluntly said, was confounding to the experience of Mrs. Laithe since she had ventured into the San Juan Mountains under the nominal care of an inattentive brother, and her belief was still firm that the men about her suffered little from shyness. This latest specimen would be a single variation from type and of slight value in determining the ways of his kind... Continue reading book >>




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