Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription 114 THE CUB OF THE PANTHER
I feel that I am but as dust beneath His feet. And, at my demise, all that
I would entreat of my friends and kindred, would be to have me buried
at the very entrance, the porch of the temple; a plain, flat stone laid over
me, with an inscription containing simply my name, family, the name of
my husband, who has gone before me, with a proper enumeration of the
offices which he held, and an entreaty that no Christian should hesitate
to tread upon that stone, and the poor remains beneath it. The period of
birth might be omitted age and date but not that inscription. I would
have the future generations to know how humble was that poor
Christian upon whose ashes they tread. But, Mrs. Fairleigh, while thus
humble as a Christian, as a woman, I am as proud as any in the land."
Mrs. Fairleigh wondered, as well she might, what all this was com-
ing to. She had yet to know that the proud humility of the Christian
woman had yet something more to say; and that the irrelevancy of her
speech was about to be justified in the very next moment, when she
continued:
"Now, my dear Mrs. Fairleigh, my pride as a woman will not suffer
my daughter to incur any obligations. You propose to her travel and
excursions, and life at fashionable watering places. Now, my dear madam,
while we are adequate and able to live comfortably at Rosedale, we have
no such resources as would enable my daughter to seek, winter or sum-
mer, these watering places of the North"
Here Mrs. Fairleigh put in
"Mrs. Carter, my dear Mrs. Carter, could you suppose it possible that
I, Flora Fairleigh, of Fairleigh Lodge, widow of the late Brigadier-General
Fairleigh, and in my own right possessed of twenty thousand acres of the
best lands in North Carolina, two hundred slaves, seven hundred head
of cattle, and all things of the plantation in proportion, to say nothing of
my silver plate; I say, my dear Mrs. Carter, is it possible, think you, that
I would seek your daughter as a friend, associate, and traveling com-
panion, yet suffer her to incur one dollar of expense! No, my dear
madam, not only would I expect to pay all expenses of Rose as well as my
own, but there should be a liberal allowance —a salary""Don't speak of it, I pray you! salary no! Rose Carter can take no
salary, Mrs. Fairleigh only another name for wages! She is no hireling,
no servant, no housekeeper, no governess, Mrs. Fairleigh. As your com-
panion, now
"Do not misunderstand me, my dear Mrs. Carter. The word used was
a mere inadvertence. It is simply as a companion, associate, and friend,
that I would have your daughter an inmate of Fairleigh Lodge, and to