The Prairie Wife

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Author: Arthur Stringer
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 55,227 / 157 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.3
LoC Category: PS
Series: Prairie Stories
Downloads: 1,220
Added to site: 2006.07.20
mnybks.net#: 14238
Origin: gutenberg.org

This exquisite little story is in the form of letters written by Mrs. Duncan Argyll, alias "Dinky-Dink," to her friends in England from her shack in the great Northwest, where she and her husband had come on their honeymoon journey to make their fortunes along with other Englishmen in Canada.

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t. But I've gone and done it. I've taken the high jump. I've made my bed, as Uncle Carlton had the nerve to tell me, and now I've got to lie in it. But assez d'Etrangers!

That wedding-day of mine I'll always remember as a day of smells, the smell of the pew-cushions in the empty church, the smell of the lilies-of-the-valley, that dear, sweet, scatter-brained Fanny-Rain-In-The-Face (she rushed to town an hour after getting my wire) insisted on carrying, the smell of the leather in the damp taxi, the tobaccoy smell of Dinky-Dunk's quite impossible best man, who'd been picked up at the hotel, on the fly, to act as a witness, and the smell of Dinky-Dunk's brand new gloves as he lifted my chin and kissed me in that slow, tender, tragic, end-of-the-world way big and bashful men sometimes have with women. It's all a jumble of smells.

Then Dinky-Dunk got the wire saying he might lose his chance on the Stuart Ranch, if he didn't close before the Calgary interests got hold of it. And Dinky-Dunk w

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