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“The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky”

Stephen Crane


As a matter of truth, Jack Potter was beginning to find the shadow of a deed weigh upon him like a leaden slab. he, the town marshal of Yellow Sky, a man known, liked, and feared in his corner, a prominent person, had gone to San Antonio to meet a girl he believed he loved, and there, after the usual prayers, had actually induced her to marry him, without consulting Yellow Sky for any part of the transaction. He was now bringing his bride before an innocent and unsuspecting community.

We read it in An Experiment in Misery.

Originally published in McClure's Magazine.