The Return of the Gipsy

Author: Mrs. Wilson Woodrow (Nancy Mann Waddel)
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,051 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 429
Added to site: 2010.01.23 26423

ox of Rocky Mountain salve in my pocket!" exclaimed the tiny Mrs. Evans, lifting her trim, calico skirt, and drawing a tin box from a huge pocket in her stuff petticoat. "Here, let me rub some on. A man certain does need a woman to look after him. Has Sadie sent any word when she'll be back?"

"Sadie! Oh, she'll come when she gets ready," he replied with philosophical indifference.

Mrs. Evans elevated her eyebrows and shook her head two or three times. "Well, course we think the world an' all of Sadie, Jack; but jus' between ourselves, this ain't no way to act. This camp ain't what it was ten years ago. Folks is got to act more formal every day, an' when a wife leaves her man for months at a time an' goes traipsin' over the mountains, they will talk."

Nitschkan was conscious of a dull perplexity, a growing distrust of his own customary and hitherto unquestioned standards. "Oh, that's all right," he answered with a bluff assumption of ease. "Sadie, she's kind o' different. She can't be penn


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Henry L. Ratliff

(1906) Humor / Short Story

From 'McClure's Magazine' Vol. 27, Oct. 1906.

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Plot bullets

  • The town's ladies need to fix a common problem.

  • One wife takes a long trip each three years to live a gypsy's life.

  • She always comes back refreshed, but the towns people must deal with her children and the uneven judgment by their husbands.

  • A plan is put into action by the women.

  • She returns. Now what?

  • A contest of wits.

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