Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | U of South Carolina P | 1974
completed all my happiness. I knew when she was to arrive, and sent
Augustus up to the city to meet her at the rail-road, and bring her at
once to the Island. Oh! she was so good to come to me. She never
looked more beautiful before. Augustus is greatly charmed with her,
I see that, and it contents me; it would have made me so miserable
to be the wife of a man who could not love my friend. I have now
no doubt of Augustus' feelings. They are every where remarked;
and I confess to you, dear little sis, that, next to Sophronia, he has
all my heart. Heigho! when next you hear from me, it may be all
over, and I shall be betrothed. Grandmama is willing. She likes him;
and cousin Tom says he is a famous fine fellow; though Tom don't
think him quite so great a genius as I do. Tom is stupid enough to
say, indeed, that he is no genius at all, but a sensible fellow enough.
This he only does to vex me; for he knows how I hate all the tribe of
merely sensible fellows. But, I can't say much more. I hear So-
phronia's voice in the piazza, and she calls me. I must go to her. Who
can she be talking with? Bless me! It is Augustus, and I thought he
had gone up to the city in the one o'clock boat. I must join them.
One word more only, dear little sis, and that must be about the
costume ball. It takes place now in a few days, and will be a famous
affair. I am to go as Amy Robsart, in Scott's novel of Kennilworth.
They say I look the character so well: and Augustus is to go as Sir
Philip Sidney. Soph has not decided what character to take.
P. S. Don't be foolish now about coming here 'Docia. You're too
young and inexperienced yet, and the flirtation here is awful! If you
were to see even the elderly gentlemen here who engage in it, it
would completely shock you. There's a Mr. Hhere, a married
gentleman, who always takes advantage of his wife's absence to flirt
with us girls from Georgia. I saw some of his tricks summer before
last, at Clarkesville, and I could tell you of others. 'Twont do for you
at all. In a year or two, when you can go under the care and protec-
tion of Augustus and myself, the case will be otherwise. But just yet,
never think of it.
Your loving sister,
G. A.