Charles Montgomery Skinner was an American writer, editor, dramatic and art critic, mostly known as a collector and rewriter of North American folklore. He published collections of myths, legends, histories and oral narrative found inside the United States and across the world. The writer’s task Skinner identified in saving the folk traditions endangered by the age of America’s progress.
“Condemned To The Noose” is a short story, entered in the collection “Myth and legends of our own land”. The narration is about Ralph Sutherland, a landowner, who is a man of morose and violent disposition. His servant, a Scotch girl, is virtually a slave, inasmuch as she is bounded to work for him without pay until she will refund to him her passage-money to this country. Becoming weary of bondage and of the tempers of her master, the girl runs away. The man sits off in a raging chase, overtakes her, ties by the wrists to his horse's tail and begins the homeward journey. The poor girl dies, and Ralph Sutherland tries to assure the community in infelicitous occasion, but finally he will be punished for his cruelty.
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