Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER FOUR
"The haughty beauty, confident of charms, Counts all the bright stars in the heavens her own,
And deems the very moon, grown wan with watching,
As envious of her power o'er mortal men."
HAD MARTHA FULLER witnessed the conduct and heard the speech of the beautiful Rose Carter, she would have been mercilessly indignant in her comments. She would have not merely denounced
them as proofs of great levity, but of wanton and cold-blooded cruelty.
With all his passion and preference for Rose, Mike Baynam himself
was somewhat disquieted by the proceeding. It fairly arrested him in his
purpose, which had been so desperately formed, to be as prompt of
speech as possible, and to render it a plump proposal. And, from what
we happen to know, that proposal would have been, in all probability,
accepted. We may whisper to the reader, sub rosa, that only the night
before the subject of Michael Baynam as a suitor and proper husband
for Rose, had been discussed au famille, Rose herself being present as one
of the conference. As Mike had partly suspected, his pretensions were
specially favored by Aunt Betsy. Her sagacity led her to speak very posi-
tively as to the evident attachment of Mike, and she was just as positive
as to his merits, in making the properest husband in the world for Rose.
And Rose did not show herself disinclined. In truth, she had long
since felt that Mike Baynam was not only one of the handsomest of all
her suitors, but, so far as character was a consideration with so light a
creature, she felt, by instinct, that he was one of those men upon whom
a woman might rely, and in whom a loving woman might confide. In a
wild country, such as we have penetrated, lovers of great style, elegance,
or much wealth, are not often to be found; and a frank, generous, and