Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | U of South Carolina P | 1974
Transcription 500BALD-HEAD BILL BAULDY
a living beast out of the sea, for it jist kept heaving her up and down,
soft and easy, like a boat rocking on the little billows along the shore!
"When I fixed my eyes on this woman, I was fair dazzled of
the peepers; and mighty skeared besides ; though, at a distance
for I was at one eend of the hall and she at the other she looked
mighty sweet and beautiful.
"She was built a-most like other women, but she was of a bright
reddishy complexion like the Ingins, and she had long black hair
that kept floating and playing all round her naked shoulders, as ef
she kept up a breeze thar all the time, with nothing else to do! She
had'nt much other clothing, I kin tell you, 'cept some thing that
spread round her like a wail, made of the finest silk hair; and her
figger was sich as to make a fellow's blood churn up to his brain, set-
ting him fairly a fire !
"And I could see, even at that distance that she hed coal black
eyes; and when she sot them upon you, it looked as ef they were a
shooting little lightning bullets at you, that went through you at
every pop!
"Well! I stopt short and did'nt know well what to do; preticklarly
as I seed that great bull alligator march up to her very feet, and put
out his great tongue as ef to lick her toes. Her feet were bare enough
had neither shoes nor stockings, and they rested on a purty little
pavement of shells close fitting together, and mixed together of
all colours.
"Well, thar, at the feet of that beautiful strange critter of a
woman, thar, that stallion alligator of mine, gin a great bellow;
then he wheeled about, wagged his tail like a dog that ixpects his
feed, and looked haird at me!
"I seed then that the woman looked at me too; and says I
" `What's the to do, now? I wonder ef that great beast and the
woman kin onderstand one another.'
"But I reckon they did; for, a minnit a'ter, what does the great
beast do, but he twirls his tail about, and actyally carried it up to his
eyes, as ef to show that he hed got the infatenzy in 'ern! Then he
bellowed agin and looked haird at me!
"Now, it's most wonderful to say, but its all true, fellows ! I seed
that beautiful woman stoop down to the beast and look at his eyes;
and she seemed to feel em; she sartainly touched 'ern! Then she