By Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Elia Wilkinson Peattie used to be a prolific fiction author who distinct her studies as a lady within the West in dozens of essays, brief tales, and novels. In "A Mountain Woman," Peattie provides us the pleasing 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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Courage, endurance, sacrifice, suffering without complaint, friendship to the death, indomitable hatred, unfaltering hope, deep-seated greed, splendid gayety -- it takes these things to subdue a conti- nent. Vice is also an incidental, -- that is to say, what one calls vice. This is because it is the custom to measure these men as if they were governed by the laws of civilization, where there is neither law nor civilization. This much is certain: gentlemen cannot conquer a country. They tried gentlemen back in Virginia, and they died, partly from lack of intellect, but mostly from lack of energy.
He had thought out a great many things. He had read a few good books and digested them, and the visions in his heart had kept him from being bitter. Yet, suddenly confronted with liberty, turned loose like a pastured colt, without master or rein, he felt only confusion and dismay. He might be expected to feel ex- ultation. He experienced only fright. It is precisely the same with the liberated colt. The train pulled into a bustling station, in which the multitudinous noises were thrown back again from the arched iron roof.
I've tried it at boarding-school. " The girl blushes a little. " she cries, her eyes twinkling, "and -- and come to church. " And she plays a waltz, and what with the music and the warmth of the room and the perfume of the roses, a something nameless and mystical steals over the poor clerk, and swathes him about like the fumes of opium. They are alone. The silence is made deeper by that rhythmic unswelling of sound. As the painter flushes the bare wall into splendor, these emotions illumi- nated his soul, and gave to it that high cour- age that comes when men or women suddenly realize that each life has its significance, -- their own lives no less than the lives of others.
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