A Border Outlaw

It is not only after a book is printed that it is discussed. Significant opinions of it are often expressed in advance. The chapters of The Quare Women, by Miss Lucy Furman, which have appeared in the Atlantic have called forth many such expressions. Those who have read the book in Its entirety are few, but one of them has recently put into words the impression it has made upon him: —

For some readers the interest of The Quare Women will lie in the gradual acceptance of the ideas which these women brought into the mountain country of Kentucky, and for which they were known to be ‘quare.’ The struggle and triumph of a new philosophy are always dramatic. But for me, the most absorbing angle of vision of this book is Miss Furman’s characterization of ‘Fult,’ a hero with a darkling heart and those antique impulses which animated the outlaws of tire Scottish border, and furnished forth the ballads which Sir Walter and Anon have preserved for our constant delight. Fult is the chief protagonist of this modern drama— in the very end he bursts out with a melodramatic theft of a chosen princess. He does not succeed because he is quite out of date; but his outlaw pride is not broken — it is turned into other channels. 1 am sorry for him, and grateful to his creator.