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|In this case it doesn't seem to have been a particular threat
Written by Graciela
(4/30/2008 6:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How real was a Gypsy threat?, penned by Dorothy A
How the trampers might have behaved, had the young ladies been more courageous, must be doubtful; but such an invitation for attack could not be resisted; and Harriet was soon assailed by half a dozen children, headed by a stout woman and a great boy, all clamorous, and impertinent in look, though not absolutely in word. More and more frightened, she immediately promised them money, and taking out her purse, gave them a shilling, and begged them not to want more, or to use her ill. She was then able to walk, though but slowly, and was moving away -- but her terror and her purse were too tempting, and she was followed, or rather surrounded, by the whole gang, demanding more. (Ch. 39)
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