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Examples of Woodside
I have always longed to tell a simple and true story, which should strike terror into two young lovers, and drive them to take refuge each in the other's heart, as two children cling together at the sight of a snake by a woodside.
At the risk of spoiling my story and of being taken for a coxcomb, I state my intention at the outset.
Then red coats, flashing like sparks of fire across the gray gap of mist at the ride's-mouth, then a whipper-in, bringing up a belated hound, burst into the pathway, smashing and plunging, with shut eyes, through ash-saplings and hassock-grass; then a fat farmer, sedulously pounding through the mud, was overtaken and bespattered in spite of all his struggles;- until the line streamed out into the wide rushy pasture, startling up pewits and curlews, as horsemen poured in from every side, and cunning old farmers rode off at inexplicable angles to some well- known haunts of pug: and right ahead, chiming and jangling sweet madness, the dappled pack glanced and wavered through the veil of soft grey mist.
The walk became a trot-the trot a canter.
I asked him what was the matter, and, after a little trouble-he was better than a mere bumpkin-I learnt that, having been sent with sixpence to pay a debt, he had lost the money.
That reminds me of an incident.