“I'm anxious for you to meet my new boarder," Miriam said as they headed down the street. "He's such a handsome, well-mannered young man. I think you would like each other."
Willow stopped short. "Wait a minute . You aren't thinking of doing some matchmaking, are you? Criminey, all I need is another man to take care of. Listen, if I wanted a beau that bad, I could hook one easy all on my own."
"Oh? Then why haven't you?"
"I just told you why. I don't need another man to do for. All a miner wants is a hard-working woman to slave for 'im while he chases dreams of gold and silver. Gamblers ain't much different, 'cept they're smoother talkers. They want a pretty mistress, one who don't mind working on her backside when her man's down on his luck."
After a whole afternoon in Willow's company, Miriam was becoming shockproof. She merely raised a disapproving brow at this last statement. "I see your point, Willow, but has a real gentleman ever asked to court you?"
"I suppose that depends on your definition of a gentleman."
"Humph! I thought as much." Miriam sashayed on down the boardwalk.
"You never did anwer my question," Willow reminded her, hurrying to catch up. "Are you matchmaking?"
"Oh,look, we're here at the ice-cream parlor already. What flavor are you going to have?”


Charlotte McPherren, Song of the Willow
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