Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Southward Ho! A Spell of Sunshine >> Chapter XVIII / What Constitutes a State? >> Page 438

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription WE are now within the atmosphere of your southern
Hotspur," said our Gothamite. " Come, sir," addressing our
cynical orator from Alabama, " come, sir, and let us have your
portrait of the South-Carolinian. You have dealt freely with Vir-
ginia and North Carolina, showing us their more salient features,
which are rarely the most comely for boast ; let us see if you
can not depict their southern brother with as free and dashing a
pencil."
The Alabamian smiled, and looked to Miss Burroughs, as he
replied : �
I dare not ; in this instance there is a lady in the case."" Oh ! most unlooked-for and most unseasonable gallantry !"
exclaimed the lady. Do you forget, Sir Orator, those wicked
and scandalous ballads, to the grievous disparagement of the
sex, which you not only sang to us of your own motion, a vol.
unteer performance, but which you sang with such unction and
effect, as if the execution were a sort of labor of love, which you
would not escape, even if you might ?"
Ah ! forgive the offence. It was in evil mood that I sang,
and not because of any love for the subject.""He's been kicked, I reckon, by some lady only t'other
day," said the Texan, roughly, " and the shins of his affections
are still sore with the bruises."
The shins of his affections ! That is surely new. What
admirable cropping, in the way of metaphor and figure, might
our young ballad-mongers find in the fields of Texas ! Well,
I will submit to the imputation of the recent kicking, as an ac-
knowledgment of the merits of that phrase. ' The shins of the
affections !' We shall next hear something touching, ' the ten-