Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER FIVE
THE AMIABLE SISTERS.
FOR A LONG SEASON our hunters saw nothing, and heard about as little of the beautiful Rose Carter in her new sphere. Mattie Fuller occasionally obtained tidings of her; of her dress and feathers, and van-
ities; how bravely she carried herself at church; how she tossed her beau-
tiful tresses; with what fine company she danced almost nightly at
Fairleigh Lodge; what numerous gallants were visitors at that fashion-
able centre, and how her charms were universally acknowledged on all
hands.
Once a week she was driven over to visit her mother, and usually a
day or two after good Aunt Betsy rode out to the mountain cottage of the
hunters to report on the occasion.
Aunt Betsy, though describing at large the rose-colored life of her
niece, was not a whit more reconciled to it. She was lugubrious enough,
when speaking of the subject; and especially of its effects upon the
mother, whom she pronounced to be even more infatuated than the
daughter, and a "bigger fool than ever.""Thar she'll set, from morning to night, in that great easy chair, doing
never a hand's turn in the house, and I even called off from my work to
help her put on her clothes; thar'll she set, purring away like a fat cat
beside the fire, of them fashionable people; and how Rose was a-turn-
ing all their heads! And she'll fold her hands, just so, in her lap; and she'll
turn up the whites of her eyes, an thank the Lawd, for giving her and Rose
the wisdom and sense to git into sich a beautiful sitivation. A beautiful