Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
I T MUST NOT be supposed that, in the midst of the terrible excitements of the scenes we have witnessed, the family had been so engrossed with the dying mother as to be forgetful of the living child.
Fortunately, Mattie Fuller, with a newly born child herself, had an
abundance of milk; and the babe of Rose Carter was duly put to the
bosom of another mother.
Though supposed to be prematurely born, because so small, the
infant of Rose was vigorous, and sought his nourishment with appetite
if not with greed.
In the first and pressing troubles and anxieties about his mother, the
two women had not particularly observed the child. They only knew that
he was seemingly strong and healthy. But, it had not wholly escaped the
notice of Goody Waters, as she washed the infant, that he had a large and
curious mark in the very centre of his forehead. She mumbled her own
comments over it, at the time; but, called away to the dying woman,
whose case absorbed the attention of all, she had really forgotten the cir-
cumstance, until reminded of it by an exclamation of Mattie Fuller, when
she brought the child to her to nurse. Not till then had Mattie noticed
the mark. She now exclaimed:
"Bless me, Goody Waters, what a mark is this! and right in the very
middle of his forehead! It is a positive disfigurement to the poor child.
It is a mark for life."