Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 20 SOUTHWARD HO
Both at Newport and Saratoga. But I can hardly complain
that the impression which I made upon his memory was so slight,
remembering how many were the eyes, dazzled like his own, by
the blaze of Miss Everton's beauty."
Very rich was the suffusion upon Edgar's cheek. He had
been one of the heedless beetles, who had his wings singed in
that beauty's blaze. Common rumor said that he had been
mortified unexpectedly by a rude and single monosyllable, from
that young lady, in reply to a very passionate apostrophe. Poor
fellow, he was quite cut up�cut down, he phrased it�by the
extent of his present companion's knowledge. But she was not
the person to press an ungenerous advantage, and the subject
was soon made to give way to another which left the galled
jade free. He soon recovered his composure, and we got into
a pleasant chat mostly about the world in which we found our-
selves ; suffering a " sea change" in thoughts as well as associa-
tion. Our fellow-passengers, numbering just enough for good-
fellowship and ease, were mostly veteran seafarers, to whom
salt water brought no afflictions. We were pleasantly enough
occupied for a while, in scanning their visages as they passed,
and discussing their appearances, and supposed objects. Of
course, a fair proportion of the men were bound south for busi-
ness ,purposes. The ladies were but three in number, and, like
my young friend and myself, their aim was for the mountain
country. As yet, any notion of taking this route in midsummer
had not entered into the imagination of summer idlers to con-
ceive. We were, in a measure, the pioneers in a novel progress.
My friend Duyckman, soon becoming interested in the fair
Selina Burroughs, began to bring forth all his resources of read-
ing and experience. He had an abundant supply of graceful
and grateful resources, and was capable of that pleasant sort of
intellectual trifling which is perhaps the most current of all the
light coin of society. The moment that he could fairly forget
the malapropos reference to the beautiful coquette of Newport,
he became easy, fluent and interesting, and under his lead the
chat became at once lively and interesting, relating particularly
to the scenes about, and the prospect before us. These, as I
have shown, were sufficiently pleasant and promising. The sun
was set, but the shores lay still in sight, a dim edging of coast,