|Subject:||[Gnue-sb-commits] no-nonsense prudent|
|Date:||Sat, 16 Sep 2006 07:48:14 +0300|
This long-limbedtenderfoot was a hard nut to crack. Adams next change of emotion was from fright to a sense of foolishnessat his standing there.
Wal, I dont know much, replied the old watchman, scratching his head. Adam tried not to look at anyof the women while they looked at him.
Margarita, what is the name of this beautiful tree? Its a matter of thet little gamblin debt you owe Guerd, he replied,in a low voice.
Something had happened in the night and he wouldnever be the same again. Collishaw drew Adam aside out of earshot of the other men. His was a striking figure, picturesque, commanding, buthis face was repellent.
The dusky eyes shone with avastly different light from the lurid hate of a few hours back.
Adam, gay and teasing, yet kindly and tactfully, tried to find a way toresist her. Then the obtruding foliageon the bank hid the boat and the girl was gone. Idle men loungedin front of the stone house, which Merryvale said was the store. Son, jest he careful what yousay to Collishaw. Nevertheless,he took good care not to awaken her other characteristics.
For years his love had fought against the gradual truth ofGuerds hate.
His first sight of a wild frontier gambling helldid not thrill him. Ill fool him, said Adam, resolutely, as he got up to return.
When he had fought down the mawkishsentiment he would show Guerd and Collishaw what he was made of.
A man must pass in this country for what he was. And with this brusque promise themanager strode away in a hurry.
The walk was long and, byreason of the heavy, dragging sand, one of considerable labour. I know him, Merryvale, and youre betting right, replied Adam,forcefully.
What a strange, graceful tree and what deep-blue blossoms itbore! Adam wasin full possession of his faculties when he reached the village. ButArallanes backed down, as any man not crazy would have done.
He had not fortified himself at all, nor had hesurrendered himself to recklessness. The sheriff appeared, approaching with several companions, and haltedbefore the store.
But Adam refused, and meant toavoid drinking as long as he could.
Idle men loungedin front of the stone house, which Merryvale said was the store.
He drank a sweet cup that held one drop of poisonbitterness.
The walk was long and, byreason of the heavy, dragging sand, one of considerable labour. But Adam refused, and meant toavoid drinking as long as he could.
That was Guerds motive, with an added possibility of further desire todominate and hound.
Wouldnt Guerd rave over a girl likeMargarita?
What fiendish glee this predicamentof his would have aroused in his brother Guerd! That was how Adam translated her swift, eloquent words. A break occurred in the machinery anda small but invaluable part could not be repaired. So thats it, ejaculated Adam, and he whistled his surprise.
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