Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 6 SOUTHWARD HO
I talk truly. I have tried all these cities. The fact is as
I tell you ; and when you consider all things, you will not ven-
ture to doubt. Charleston is directly on the sea. Her doors
open at once upon the gulf and the Atlantic. The sea rolls
its great billows up to her portals twice in twenty-four hours,
and brings with them the pleasantest play of breezes that ever
fanned the courts of Neptune, or made music for the shells of
Triton. There are no rocky heights on any side to intercept
the winds. All is plain sailing to and from the sea. Besides,
we build our houses for the summer climate. While you, shud-
dering always with the dread of ice and winter, wall yourselves
in on every hand, scarcely suffering the sun to look into your
chambers, and shutting out the very zephyr, we throw our doors
wide to the entrance of the winds, and multiply all the physical
adjuncts which can give us shade and coolness. A chamber in
a large dwelling will have its half dozen windows�these will
be surrounded with verandahs great trees will wave their
green umbrellas over these in turn ; and, with a shrewd whistle
�a magic peculiarly our own�we persuade the breeze to take
up its perpetual lodgings in our branches. Remember, I speak
for our dwelling-houses�these chiefly which stand in the south-
ern and western portions of the city. In the business parts,
where trade economizes space at the expense of health and
comfort, we follow your Yankee notions�we jam the houses
one against the other in a sort of solid fortress, shutting our
faces against the breezes and the light, the only true resources
against lassitude, dyspepsia, and a countless host of other dis-
orders."
I don't believe a word of it."
Believe as you please, but the case is as I tell you."
And you persist in going south ?"
I do ; but my purpose is only to pass through Charleston,
after a brief delay. I am going to spend the summer among
our mountains."
Mountains ! Why, what sort of mountains have you in Car-
olina ?""Not many, I grant you, but some very noble, very lofty,
very picturesque : some, to which your famous Catskill is only
a wart of respectable dimensions ! Our Table Rock, for exam-