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Short Stories | U of South Carolina P | 1974
one with a rich veil, and she bore a beautiful chaplet on her arm.
The costume was probably derived from that scene, in the rocky
hermitage of the Priest or Santon,—the mad Saint, where the Prince
of Scotland first beholds the beautiful Princess of England, the
sister of the fierce Richard Coeur de Leon.
Miss Julia Ma–g–lt appeared as a Mexican poblana, and looked
the character she assumed. She wore the rebosa, over her head and
shoulders, with the natural grace which distinguishes the simplest
peasant girl of Mexico. Her dress was of white and red, bordered
with blue. The blue and red portions were covered with hiero-
glyphics. The costume was equally striking and perfect.
Mrs. St–n–y, of Charleston, wore a tri-colored dress, her hair
dressed with cockades.
Miss C–t–r, of Savannah, was very happy in the personation of
a sea nymph. Her dress was of white muslin, trimmed with sea
weeds; she wore a wreath and necklace of shells. In her hand she
carried a wreathed horn, such as might, with its music, evoked by
such a nereid, have won old Triton himself to worship our island
These were attended by groups of delighted worshippers of the
sterner sex. Among them, we noticed Mr. Y–t–s, in the habit of
a French postilion, —a scarlet dress, pants ornamented with blue
stripes and minute bells; jacket of black ornamented, and cap with
corresponding ornaments.
Mr. A–h–by was a peasant of France of the reign of Louis XIV.
Mr. Wil–ie appeared in the costume of a French marshal. Mr.
M–ot as a Greek sailor. Mr. El–ott as an American sailor. Mr.
C–n–y as a corsair, in a particularly rich costume. Mr. H. W. C—n---r,
Jr., as a Tyrolese peasant, and Mr. D. P–i–u as a Spanish Matador,
in a robe of deep scarlet, of velvet and satin, and looking as tender
and benignant, as if he had never entered the ring with any beings
fiercer than those which then surrounded him.
Here come another splendid procession of fair women. Here is
Miss C–rt–r, of Charleston, as a Novice, with sundry gentlemen
interposing to prevent her from consummating their destruction by
taking the veil. She wore a double skirt of white muslin, a muslin
veil and chaplet of white roses upon her head, and, at her side, a
rosary and cross.