Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription GENIUS OF NORTH CAROLINA. 317
true to the spirit of the whole, if regardless of all occasional ex-
ceptions. We have had a picture of the Virginian. We can
not object to one of the North-Carolinian, and be who objects to
it as not true, will be wise enough to regard it as a jest, not
wholly without body in the fact."" Oh, you're only ajesting, then ?"" Jesting, sir ! I never jest. I am as serious as the Dutch
iomus, and I never suffer myself to smile except in a thunder-
storm."
And what makes you smile then ?"� To hear so much ado about nothing."� You're a mighty strange person, I'm a thinking."� All ! that's a practice, my young friend, you should not in-
dulge in. Don't go out of your way, at any time, in search
after vain things."� You don't call thinking a vain thing ?"� By no means only you search after it."
I don't rightly understand you."" The fault, I suspect, is rather yours than mine ; and I don't
see how we're to amend it. I must leave you to your unassisted
efforts ; and, if you will suffer me, I will resume my portrait of
the old North State."" That's right ! Go ahead, old Bile !" cried the Texan, irrev-
erently. The Alabamian glanced at him from under his green
spectacles.
" Have you been eating cabbage, my friend ?"� Cabbage, no !"" It must be the cocktails then ! Either swear off from cock-
tails altogether, Texas, or go and get yourself another. Your
complexion is rather the worse for wear."" Oh ! d�n the complexion," cried Texas, and breeze away
with what you've got. Hurrah for nothing go ahead !"" Thank you for permission," was the cool reply. And now,
gentlemen, for our unknown chronicler of the virtues of the old
North State. I may not give his exact language always, but
you will excuse my involuntary fault : �
The genius of North Carolina.,' says he, ' is clearly mas-
culine. He has no feminine refinements. You will not accuse
him of unnecessary or enfeebling delicacies, and, one merit, he