Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Cub of the Panther: A Hunter Legend of the ''Old North State'' >> Chapter Six: Gilded Sepulchres >> Page 78

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription 78 THE CUB OF THE PANTHER
purse-proud old fool, with the silly, fantastic young one the one old
in arrogance, the other already well versed in the pretty arts of cunning.
Verily, it is all very pitiful to consider, when we regard the beauties,
the uses, the virtues, the very successes, which belong to, and usually
accompany, a noble heart of humanity in woman.
Poor Mrs. Fairleigh! Poor, in all her wealth.
Poor Rose! Still poorer than the worst of poverty, in her ready, well-
developed, and abundant cunning!
The one a sepulchre, gilded with the veneerings of mammon; the
other gilded with the serpent's beauty, even though lacking possibly in
the serpent's tooth of venom! That any society should be proud of the
one, or any honest man be deluded by the other, is wondrous pitiful to
see in any age; how much more so in any period, and among a race,
which boasts of its civilization, and has, for near two thousand years,
been taking its lessons from the lips of Christ!