Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
a gal with us, and mixing with plain people like the Baynams and the
Fullers, and the Blantons, and the Fitches, and the Scrymgeours, and
"Spare me the catalogue, Betsy Moore. It is my eternal regret that we
should ever have been so reduced, in our souls as well as our means, as
to suffer a daughter of mine to consort with this class of people.""Oh! Jupiter and fiddlesticks! How we mounts and flies, like the wing
of a turkey buzzard.""As for the unfavorable signs which you behold in Rose, and which
I do not myself discern at least not in any degree to make me appre-
hensive—they are naturally due to the superior responsibilities and exac-
tions of her present superior mode of life. All distinctions, Betsy Moore,
imply certain penalties; and those of fine society are to be found in its
very pleasures. The elegant dissipation of such a life, the rout, the ball,
and the assembly, involve the idea of late hours, and these, in some mea-
sure, will tell upon the cheeks. But the very pallor which follows these so-
called dissipations, is perhaps in proof of the superior elegance of the
society in which she now moves. In brief, Betsy Moore, she has lost that
vulgar coarseness of color, that excess of mere animal vigor, which is vul-
garly supposed to be a sign of health, and which made her a hoyden. Her
refinements grow in degree with the lessening of those rustic character-
istics which she imbibed with such people as the Baynams and the
Blantons, and the Fullers and the Fitches. Rose will every day more and
more prove her fitness for fine society, by shaking off those peculiari-
ties and appearances which, according to your taste, are so becoming.
It is with increased pleasure, Betsy Moore, that I observe, in her letters
and her conversation, that she has freed herself from that coarse, slang
language, and evil pronunciation, which, I regret to say, she has derived
as much from you as from any other source. Alas! that a sister of mine
should have proved so incorrigible, both to education and example.""Comeageable agin, Jane. You must be getting hard-pushed for big
words, I'm a thinking, when you hev to say the same thing twice over.
As for the difference twixt us two in the matter of edication, and that sort
of thing, I kin agree with you 'bout the difference; and it's a question how
it came to happen. Now as it so happens that you went to a faimous
female college, while I did the dirty work at home, I reckon, some day,
when you was a-sleeping—for of ever you had one vartue more than
another, 'twas downright laziness, and laziness always with a good
appetite. Well, as I say, some day when you was a-sleeping, with your
mouth wide open, some one of the gals must hev flung the dictionary