Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Cub of the Panther: A Hunter Legend of the ''Old North State'' >> Chapter Two: Matrimonial Speculations—How Women are to be Won, and So Forth. >> Page 55

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
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liking, one of the finest fellows in this country, and I think that's the
notion of Rose herself. But he's slow, and she's been so much followed
by the young fellows that she's a leetle bit spiled, you see, and expects
to be followed fast and hunted down, as I may say, before she'll gin in
and cry 'snap:""Well, what about them young fellows, Bulkley and Fairleigh?
Han't they been following her? I've hearn so.""And it's true. You see, they're both handsome young chaps.""Handsome is as handsome does, Betsy Moore!""That's true; but a young gal that's been so much followed by young
fellows as Rose, and it's nateral, too, Mattie, for she's a great beauty,
that's sartain.""Beauty's but a flower, cut down in an hour! You know it all. What's
beauty without vartue? What's a pretty face without decent behavior?
What's a fine curly head of hair with no sense in the head? I'd rather
Mike Baynam would marry a sensible woman like you, Betsy.""Oh, Lawd! don't talk to me of marrying, Mattie Fuller; that time's
past and gone. Why, don't you see, I'm an old woman. Look at my head.""But it's your sense, Betsy; it's what you've got in your head; that's
what I wants to see in the woman that Mike marries; not a pretty face
and fine curly hair, and a head that knows nothing, only to toss about
when she's got her feathers in her bonnet! But about these young
fellows these tip-tops? She doesn't sartainly hev the ixpectation that
any one of them will marry her; and they both so rich, and their fami-
lies carrying the highest head in the country?""Well, it's not easy, Mattie Fuller, to say what they ixpects. But Rose
likes young fellows to be following a'ter her, and she and my poor sis-
ter, who has great conceit of her larning and beauty, they don't think of
any thing but making a great show all the time, and, prehaps, they have
the notion that Rose is pretty enough to make any man forgit his
money, and any family forgit its pride; but I don't hev such an idee! The
young fellows is jist trying to pass away the time, and dancing with and
a'ter all the pretty gals they find. You see, I don't reckon either of them's
got the idee of marriage in the back part of their heads; for the've jist
left college, and I reckon the've got nothing jist now to do, and air only
cavorting and splurging about, seeking a'ter their fun, 'till they gits to
some bizness.
"And that's your idee, is it?""Yes, that's it.""But of your sister and Rose hev got other idees? Ef they think these
young fellows kin be caught, eh?"