Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | U of South Carolina P | 1974
She was succeeded by Miss M–1–s, of Charleston, as a Flower
Girl, with white dress and apron, decorated with wreaths and
bouquets, and carried in her hands a handsome basket of flowers.
With her came
Miss G. A-1-by, of Georgia, as "Amy Robsart," in Scott's novel
of "Kennilworth," a sweet and graceful creature, who looked well
the sad and gentle heroine whose habit she assumed. She was closely
followed by a noble looking Texian Hunter, who was understood to
be Mr. Richard M–iw–r, of Georgia. Also,
Miss C. C–nn–r, of Charleston represented happily a German
Peasant Girl, in a dress of white, trimmed with blue and pink ribbons,
and wore a straw bonnet trimmed with wild flowers. These ladies
were followed, or attended, by groups of gentlemen, in and out of
character. We observed that sundry grave seniors were as busy as
possible mingling in the business of flirtation. Messrs. Pinckney,
Rutledge, Williams, Mills, Porcher, Carson, Petigru, Simms, Hey-
ward, Bryan, Hume, Connor, Screven, Jones, Whitaker, Lindsay,
Gamage, Cheesborough, Jervey, Dukes, and others, appeared in
citizens dress; distinguished, when managers, with a rosette upon
the left breast; while numerous ladies, undistinguished by particular
costumes, were yet distinguished by the art and elegance which had
disposed the ordinary dresses of society.
Mrs. Hu e, Mrs. M–1–r and Mrs. M–ls, of Charleston, were
in full dress ; so were Mrs. H be t, Mrs. T–y–r and Mrs. E–m–e,
of Columbia; Mrs. P–ch–r, Mrs. B–y–n, Mrs. P–k–y, Mrs. F–m–n,
of Charleston; Mrs. and the Misses C–lc–h, of Sumterville; Mrs.
E–ns, Miss H–ry, Miss V–dy–e, Mrs. W-1-ms, Miss E. S–th,
Miss B–ks, of Charleston; Mrs. G–1–son, of Beaufort; Miss L–a–s,
of Charleston; Miss McN–ty, of Savannah; and Mrs. D–ve, Mrs.
W–1t–r, Mrs. W–ng–n, Mrs. S–th, Mrs. C–t–r, Miss T–m–r, all
of Charleston. Several of these were in magnificent ball dresses. Miss
N–th wore a beautiful fancy dress.
Mrs. M–nk appeared as Lady Abbess; a noble figure, looking the
sweetness and benevolence, with the dignity that belongs to the
character. She was followed by a lovely train of Nuns and Novices,
not one of whom however, but looked the sentiment of the old song,
which says, "I won't be a nun ! " Among these, one of the few whose