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Short Stories | U of South Carolina P | 1974
with Mr. H r t, for the exceedingly small development of hump
between the shoulders. No doubt the Richard of history was a much
more personable man than Shakspeare has made him; but Mr.
H r t, should have dressed according to the dramatist.
Other characters began rapidly to appear. A bright little creature,
recognized as Miss Gr–y–on, of Charleston, suddenly appeared as
"Spring." Her costume was very felicitous, consisting of a pink silk
skirt and green silk bodice, with an illusion over-skirt. The trimming
consisted of wreaths and bouquets ; the hair being dressed with
flowers also. We perceived that she was closely pursued by a vener-
able monk, the veritable Peter the Hermit, who preached the cru-
sades; and who seemed very desirous of realizing the line of the
poet, "Winter lingering in the lap of Spring!" It was a fine group
of January and May. This latter character was understood to be
personated by Mr. Fl m g, of Philadelphia; but Peter the Hermit
soon cast his wintry garments, and suddenly re-appeared as a hand-
some French chasseur. His dress was rich and elegant, and he played
both parts with equal ease and spirit.
Our eyes were next caught by a Greek girl, whom we understood
to be Miss S. Frd, of Georgetown. Her dress was a rich brocade,
the skirts embroidered with crimson and gold; bodice of black
velvet, with rich lace sleeves; her cap was elegantly embroidered. A
couple of Turks hung about this lady, and neither party seemed for
the time to acknowledge the national antipathy. Who these Turks
were, we have not been able to ascertain, but have heard that one
of them came from Marlborough district.
From the Greek damsel, we turned away only to behold a new
candidate for admiration, in the person of Miss Fanny P–k–r, of
Columbia, who appeared as Rebecca, the Jewess, in Scott's Ivanhoe.
She looked the part admirably. Her dress was a very beautiful one,
of satin and velvet. Her jewels were in profusion. The turban which
she wore was of satin and velvet also, ornamented with an elegant
veil, with large jewels and lofty floating plumes. The followers of
the Jewess were numerous. There were several sailors, French,
English and American; several postilions, one or two knights, and
a German philosopher, each of whom seemed desirous of converting
her to a faith, in himself; but, we believe, with very little success.
Rebecca seemed to be looking out only for "Wilfrid of Ivanhoe,"