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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription AFTERWORD 267 Notes
1. The history of Simms's horseback trip may be traced in volume 2 of The
Letters.
2. Miriam J. Shillingsburg, "An Edition of ... The Cub of the Panther."
(Ph.D. diss., University of South Carolina, 1969), 15, 39.
3. It is hardly likely that Simms himself deleted the two manuscript chap-
ters. If he had done so, he surely would have either retained part of Chapter
Nine and all of Chapter Ten or smoothed out the subsequent references to the
chinquapin hunt.
In March Simms had to stop work temporarily, and it may have been
just before writing Chapter Nine, for in the manuscript chapters Simms has
confused the names of two characters, but not the characters themselves. The
large number of references to these characters in the surviving manuscript
may have contributed to the omission: it was easier to delete than to correct
this glaring error. Shillingsburg, "An Edition," 64-65.
A further explanation is the possibility that "The Old Guard considered
the love-making scene objectionable" in Chapter Nine. Charles S. Watson,
"Simms and the Beginnings of Local Color," Mississippi Quarterly 35 (Winter
1981-82), 32.
4. There is evidence pointing toward Simms's familiarity with Trollope's
works. Favorable reviews of The Bertrams, The West Indies and the Spanish
Main, and The Kelly's and the O'Kelly's and Castle Richmond appeared in the
Charleston Mercury, June 22, 1859; July 28, 1860; and August 15, 1860,
respectively. In all three the reviewer stated that Doctor Thorne is superior to
the book being considered. Internal evidence indicates that these are Simms's
reviews, for the writer mentions Trollope's mother, "a gross, fat, coarse
woman" (June 22, 1859) who had slandered the Americans. Simms's review of
Mrs. Trollope's Domestic Manners of theAmericans was scathing and attacked
the author personally as "a person of quick, but vulgar intelligence; a lively
but a coarse fancy, a shrewd thinker . . . born of the narrowest devotion to self
... [and one who] has a talent for coarse satire" (Views and Reviews, 2).
Furthermore, Simms acknowledged authorship of the Mercury's "Our
Literary Docket" for June 27, 1859, within a week of the appearance of The
Bertrams review (L, IV, 158). Though he does not specifically mention the
reviews of Trollope's books, he acknowledges the Mercury's 1860 editorial
reviews (L, IV, 237, 239).
5. L,V,131,136.
6. However, the fringes of the narration are ragged. In the last paragraph it
is discovered that the hunters Fuller and Baynam were "when last heard from
... seventy-five [and] seventy-two." This would mean that Fuller was born
around 1795 (the approximate birthdate of his tutor, the real-life Jim Fisher),
and thirty years would have transpired between the death of the Cub's father