The introduction of this story is really contained in the first three paragraphs. These paragraphs introduce the setting of the story—the country, replete with beautiful landscapes—as well as the protagonist, young Sylvia. The description of Sylvie's treatment of her cow, Mistress Moolly, allows us to see how gentle and patient she is, how much she adores the natural setting and her animals. We also hear about how she came to the country: her grandmother, Mrs. Tilley, chose her from her daughter's brood to come and live at the farm with her. She was told, apparently, that Sylvia was "'Afraid of folks'" at the time, but Sylvia seems to have blossomed—unlike the "wretched dry geranium" that belonged to a neighbor in town—in her new home. She seemed "never to have been alive at all" before, but now she never wants to go home. All of this background information is helpful to the reader in understanding Sylvia's motivations in her dealings with the hunter (which illuminate the story's conflict).