Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Cub of the Panther: A Hunter Legend of the ''Old North State'' >> Chapter Three: Aunt Betsy's Doric >> Page 120

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription 120 THE CUB OF THE PANTHER
"Rose must go!" was the sternly expressed resolution, "though Betsy
Moore abandons her own and only sister to death and desolation!"
And go she did.
But Aunt Betsy remained. Her threat was simply brutum fulmen,
intended to have its effect to scare the mother out of her purpose; but
that was impossible. The poor woman was too deeply ingrained with the
passion for high life and fine society for her daughter, to yield to any
opposing influence. And poor Aunt Betsy had no real intention of leav-
ing her. Mrs. Carter probably calculated on her sister's adhesiveness. At
all events, Rose went at the appointed time, with Mrs. Fairleigh, and Aunt
Betsy remained, but glowering all the while, at Rose Dale Cottage and
speaking her mind just as freely as ever, without paying much heed to the
grammar or the polish of her speech.