Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription MATCHED AS WELL AS PAIRED. 137
one of the former seekers reappeared. He was now willing to
take the lame damsel ; but our cobbler suffered no time for de-
liberation. He did not dare exercise any foolish generosity in
leaving it to her to choose between the two.
His choler was roused. It was his betrothed to whom the
wooer came, and, with a tremendous flourish of one of his
crutches, our cripple made at the intruder. This demonstration
was sufficient. He was allowed to retain his prize. rl'lie can-
didate hurried off, cooling his thirst with whatever philosophy
be could muster. When the bridal took place, many were the
jests at the expense of our cripple couple. Even the priest
who united them was not unwilling to share in the humor of the
scene, making puns upon the occasion, such as have been cheap-
ened somewhat by a too frequent circulation.
I know not, good people,' he said, ' whether you can prop-
erly contract marriage, seeing that you both lack sufficient
understanding.'
No man should marry with a woman,' said one of the spec-
tators, ` who teaches the utter uselessness of his own vocation.
� ' And why they should be married under a Christian dis-
pensation, I can not see,' was the comment of a third, ' seeing
that neither of them are prepared to give proper heed to their
soles.'� It will be a marriage to bind,' said a fourth, ' seeing that
neither can well run away from the other.'� She won't trouble him long,' said he who had come a
moment too late, she has already one foot in the grave.'� The crutch of the cripple was again uplifted.
� ' Parson,' said lie, ' make us fast, please, as soon as possi-
ble. I reckon, if there's but one leg between us, there's no law
Agin our children having a full complement.'� Whereat the betrothed blushed prettily, and the ceremony
proceeded."
Our companion's narrative might be all true, for what we
know. Its elements were all probable enough. But the story
rather whet than pacified the appetite ; other legends were
called for, and the following legend of Venice, founded also. on
history, succeeded to that of the Virginian.