Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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"Not so easy, Dick. I may have wisdom enough for one-
myself´┐Żbut not for two. I have satisfied myself on the subject
of this quarrel, and you will always know what course I shall
adopt. It is not always easy to explain to another the reason that
moves oneself; and there's never a good reason, my friend, where
there is not some feeling in it; and this feeling is a more difficult
matter still to explain. But I do not wish to enter upon the sub-
ject at all. You propose to hear Judge Drayton to-morrow. He
can, no doubt, and probably will, explain everything satisfactorily.
I do not know that I can anticipate him; nor is it proper that I
should. He comes from the seat of government, as well as in-
formation. He will know, a thousand times more than I do, of
the condition of things. I am going, myself, to hear him, and
be enlightened by him. You will do the same thing. Come by
here to-morrow at an early hour, and take me in your way. We
will ride to Augusta together. On the route, I may tell you what
I think and feel, and Judge Drayton will tell you more. He is
one of the great men from the Low Country, who is perfectly
familiar with all the `inns' and `outs' of politics. Let me remind
you that I go to hear him as a teacher. I do not doubt that he
will teach well. You will bring your son with you?"
"Won't I? He's a smart boy You says it yourself. I want him
to hear and larn as well as myself."
"Very good." After a pause "Dick, you can ride?"
"Kaint I, then?"
"Dick, in all the quarrels of the world, the great body of men
have shown themselves always as mere animals. They nay have
brains; but, under the influence of great excitement, these brains
become animal brains. Then it is that men show themselves in
their true colors. One is the hare-brain, which jumps and gets out
of breath without any good reason; one is the fox-brain, which
knows how to double and dodge, and will a thousand times rather
pursue a crooked course than a straight one; one is a wolf-brain,
which is only brave when desperately hungry; one is a tiger-brain,
which has a passion for drinking blood, but never that of any
other beast that can show him tooth for tooth! The lion-brain is
more brave and more magnanimous, and it has power. But the
best brain of all is that of manhood, which seeks always to be