Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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Mrs. Kirkland at length seemed to arouse herself. The only awk-
ward consciousness which she entertained was felt on behalf of her
daughter. She felt that the style and manner of Joscelyn was emi-
nently appropriate, supposing him to have heard the conversation
between herself and daughter. But this she did not suppose; yet she
wondered at the instinct which had divined it.
"Really, Stephen," she said, "I never heard you talk in this way
before. I confess, Stephen, I wonder at you, and�"
"Verily, my dear Mrs. Kirkland, you may well wonder at me. I
sometimes wonder at myself. But you see that I begin to persuade
myself that I am a wonder-provoking person, and so I go to-morrow
to Augusta, proposing a great sensation upon the streets. My time
will be greatly employed in dancing, the graces, and other agile
exercises; but I shall still have time to attend to any little commis-
sions for yourself or the young ladies; so please �I would become
the courtier as soon as possible allow me the pleasure of executing
your commissions, whether of friendship or trade; in other words,
in the parlor or the market-place."
The air of the speaker was still that of good-humored banter. But
the old lady was still bewildered. At length, however, she made out
to reply :
"Well, Stephen, I shall thank you to buy me a couple of sacks of
salt, and some other articles, and I will make you out a list. I deal,
you know, with Moore and Robson. There's a netted head-dress,
too, that I'd like you to take up to Annie Dunbar "
"Happy to do these things, and more a fine young girl, Annie
a fine woman, I should say."
"She's all that and very pretty, I think, Stephen. Don't you
think so, Stephen?"
"More than pretty, Mrs. Kirkland. Her beauty is nobly intellec-
tual. It is not idiotic not a simpering Venus, but a sylph who had
been touched at her birth, by the wand of Minerva. She is, in truth,
a very lovely woman."
"Just my opinion, Stephen. Happy the man that gets her for a
wife."
"Happy Annie, if she can get the proper sort of man for a husband.
I shall be glad to be the bearer of the head-dress. She is a favorite
of mine, and, now that I have resolved on making a figure in society,