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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription TEXTUAL NOTES 285
Textual Notes
Title: The original subtitle for this book was "A MOUNTAIN LEGEND." The
tearsheets in the CCSC bear manuscript cancellations of the subtitle and "BY
W. GILMORE SIMMS, ESQ." and eight lines of poetry. Simms first revised
the poem by placing quotation marks around the first four lines, writing "Old
Play" after the fourth, and canceling the last four lines. Later he recopied the
first six lines with minor changes in accidentals. Since Simms was planning in
December 1869 to publish the novel, and since these revisions are in Simms's
hand and rather carefully made, I accept the new (and more appropriate)
subtitle and epigraph.
5.hd.2 Perched ] Perch'd: Manuscript cancels "e" in "Perched" in the CCSC
tearsheets, but does not include an apostrophe, which Simms must have
assumed self-explanatory. See also 23.37; 23.39; 24.1; 24.2.
5.2 Apalachian: Modern atlases give only "Appalachian" as the correct spelling
of this word, but Simms was consistent in his spelling of it. Newspapers and
magazines of his own time, while their spelling varied, did print the word
with one "p"; especially is this to be noted in Simms's acceptance letter con-
firming the "Apalachian" lectures (see L, III, 45n).
15.8 slow. His ] slow, his: Simms seldom wrote an inappropriate sentence
fragment or a comma splice. Something obviously needs to be done with
these sentences, and their occurrence in the first installment before the
printer learned Simms's hand suggests the proper emendation. Simms fre-
quently used a physical symbol resembling a capital "H" when clearly the
context called for a lowercase. In the manuscript chapters, Simms wrote "to
discover what was in her palms. How he held ..." He then canceled the period
after "palms" with a semicolon, but left the capital "How." The "H" is then
inappropriate to the context; but what is more convincing, it is the third of
nine lowercase "how" clauses all separated by semicolons.
18.6 bones ] bones!: The obvious emendation is to add a period. But there is a
minute dot at the top and at the bottom of the space for the punctuation, at a
distance farther from "bones" than a period in this type font normally comes.
The word and the space following it are at the end of a line. Aunt Betsy "cried
out" the sentence, and the subsequent sentence is punctuated with an excla-
mation point.
24.33 awhile: Although the temptation to emend is great, I maintain the con-
struction "for awhile" wherever it occurs. The OED distinguishes between
"awhile" and "for a while" indicating that "for awhile" is incorrect. However,
the examples given include instances of its incorrect usage. In manuscript