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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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reveal to our successors these things�these objects, as well of
mind as of sight�which we hourly hurry by unseeing."" Of this I have no sort of question. The development is in
progress. The mines of the South have been struck. The
vein is revealed. The quarry is discovered, and in due season
it will be worked. The very impatience with which we com-
plain that the thing is not done, is in some degree a guaranty
for the performance. We must wait upon Providence. The
great error of our people, as a whole, is that they live too fast,
and endeavor at too much. If suffered to go ahead, according
to the motive impulse in their veins, our posterity would have
neither necessity nor field for achievement. I am for leaving
something to be done by our children. To him who remembers
the South�North Carolina, for example�but twenty, nay,
ten years ago, her social and mental progress is absolutely
wonderful.""Hear that, young Turpentine, and be consoled at all my
flings at the old North state."
All, he knows it better than either you or me."" But, without looking to the social progress of North Caro-
lina, and regarding her as a region only for the exploration of
the picturesque and adventure-seeking traveller�the artist, the
man of taste, the lover of fine manly sports,�the good old
North state is one of the most attractive in all the confederacy.
Her vast ranges of mountain render her especially attractive to
all these classes."
Yet, how little promise of this is there along the Atlantic
shore !"
Even here, to the painter of detail, to the contemplative and
musing taste and nature, there are thousands of scenes of great
interest and beauty. To find these, however, you need the eye
that sees ; and the man whose eyes have been properly couched
by art may spend months and years along the Atlantic coast,
and discover new provinces of beauty with the ramble of each
succeeding day. Nature, in her arrangement of the scenery of
the South, differing from the rule of the artist, has thrown her
most imposing forms and aspects into the background. Her
mountains and majestic altar..places are nowhere visible along
the sea; and the superficial traveller is prepared to doubt the