The Two Bonanzas: A Colorado Drama in Three Acts, Illustrative of Early Days Among the Mines (Classic Reprint)
Scene 1. Interior of Dundas' Cottage at Mines. - Mrs. Dundas and Eva discovered.
Mrs. D. I would say more, and do more, to help rid you of those two suitors, Eva, but you know I am not strong as I once was, and your father is so - so violent whenever I mention it to him. Your father is so changed. Only a few months ago he was so kind and considerate: but, dear, we must not judge him harshly. I am sure he loves us, and would not purposely give us pain: but he has so much to worry and harass him. We must remember his kindness in days gone by, and bear with his humors as patiently as we can. You will, won't you, daughter?
Eva. I will try, mother. I have always tried. But I think the odious smirks and smiles of Burke Nassgar, and papa's never-ending praises of that silly Van Peltzinger, have made me miserable long enough. Papa used to take me in his arms, and call me his baby: but now he seems to think I was born only to vex and displease him with obstinacy. Well, I am obstinate - as obstinate as the little needle in the compass. Burke Nassgar I hate, and papa's pet, John Quincy Adams Van Peltzinger, I despise. Papa knows Burke Nassgar is not a good man, yet I believe he would have me marry him rather than Frank Leffingwell, who is everything that is good, and brave, and manly.
Mrs. D. Eva, pray, please do not talk so. You must cultivate patience and mildness of manner. You have grievances, and so have I: but you should remember, dear, that a show of spirit, or an exhibition of temper, was never reckoned among the attributes of a lady.
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