Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER TEN
HOW AUNT BETSY COMES IN
AT A CRISIS.
WE HAVE LINGERED, unnecessarily perhaps, for our story, over this description of the rustic sports of our mountain farmers and hunters, for the (to us) sufficient reason, that these primitive plea-
sures seem to be dying out in all countries. People are becoming pre-
tentious and conventional, it would seem, in due degree with what is
called, sometimes very ludicrously, the advance in human civilization.
They are ashamed of the rustic fashions of our rude ancestors, British
and German; and, in degree as they refine their social arts, they wander
off from the simplicity, the frankness and even the grace of nature. It is
in morals and manners as in dress; all is false, meretricious, unnatural
and unwholesome.
But to moralize in these days upon human morals, and especially
American morals, is great waste of capital; for "Mammon wins his way,
where angels might despair," and where, we have no doubt, they do
despair!
Enough if we say that our details are drawn from the mountain life
in our country, among the rustic classes, as they existed, for a century,
and within the last thirty years. We have given but a sketch, —a mere
outline, the details of which, however, might be made to interest the
curious through several chapters. Our sketch must suffice for the future
antiquary. We are not prepared to say, at this day, that though the chin-
quapins remain, the rustic revels are still carried on as we have