In B.M. Bower's Her Prairie Knight, New York socialite Beatrice "Trix" Lansell visits Montana for the first time and falls in love with the landscape. (And with a handsome cowpunch named Keith Cameron, but that comes later!) Trix is determined to experience all that mother nature and Montana have to offer, and to capture it all on film. She never leaves the ranch without her beloved "Kodak," and often holds up the riding party, much to the amusement of her British suitor, Sir Redmond.
|"The Loop, Union Pacific Railroad near Georgetown"|
by renowned early Western photographer
William Henry Jackson
"Another cartridge, please, Sir Redmond," she said, and wound industriously on the finished roll.
"It's a jolly good thing I brought my pockets full." Sir Redmond fished one out for her. "Was that a dozen?"
"No; that had only six films. I want a larger one this time. It is a perfect nuisance to stop and change."
Her Prairie Knight, Trix is so obsessed with her Kodak that she worries more about its safety than her own when her horse takes off while she's trying to get a good shot. Keith takes off right behind her and, in an exciting moment, helps Trix disentangle herself from her runaway horse and avoid a bad fall. Afterward, he is incredulous that she fears more for her camera than she does for the danger she'd been in. But Trix isn't one to act a ninny in front of a man, and she isn't about to be intimidated by one, either:
Beatrice drew back from him, and from the sight below, and if she were frightened, she tried not to let him see. "Should I have fainted?" She was proud of the steadiness of her voice. "Really, I am very much obliged to you, Mr. Cameron, for saving me from an ugly fall. You did it very neatly, I imagine, and I am grateful. Still, I really hope I didn't break my Kodak."
Having had a similar experience myself once on a trail ride, I must admit that my first instinct was also to make sure my precious camera was secure before I worried about securing myself. Fortunately, my horse was just anxious to get to the next good patch of grass. Unfortunately, there was no handsome cowboy to come to my rescue. Oh, well. Maybe next time!
POSTED BY: Jenny Q
Her Prairie Knight by B.M. Bower
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