Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Bulkley who toys with Rose Carter at the Chinquapin hunt, and Fairleigh
who is the "stalking horse." Bulkley is all bluff and bluster, while Fairleigh
reminds him that he had better not tangle with the hunter Mike Baynam.
There is no indication in print or manuscript that both of these men were
playing with Rose's affections, nor that she was flirting with both in addition
to Mike Baynam.
Bulkley lives somewhere toward Asheville, which is northwest of the
main action of the story. When, at the end of the book, he escorts Gabriella
Fairleigh to Asheville, Bulkley offers to take her to his cousin Mrs. Clarkson,
who lives some six miles nearer the Fairleigh estate than Asheville. In the
April installment, the Widow Fairleigh takes Rose Carter riding in her car-
riage ( Cub, 75–76). But when the manuscript takes up, it is the Widow
Bulkley who has just taken her riding. There is no Widow Bulkley in the
novel, and in fact Bulkley's father is "a well-known farmer of the precinct"
(Cub, 37). The two characterizations are consistent in the manuscript chap-
ters; only their names are reversed. Whatever further discrepancies there
might have been in the book have been smoothed over by an alert copy edi-
tor, or Simms himself may have seen the confusion as he did with the three
Mike Baynams (see note 192.8). It seems a minor possibility also that the
large number of occurrences of these names in the two surviving manuscript
chapters may have been another contributing factor to their deletion: it was
easier to delete than to correct them. I have emended the names in the
manuscript chapters to fit the characters as Simms first created them. Each
emendation is noted, but the variations in the spelling of Fairleigh is ignored
(see note 75.15).
95.10 Betsey ] Betsy: This is the only occurrence of this spelling in the extant
manuscript. I have regularized "Betsey" to "Betsy" in the last ten printed
installments.
110.16 consolations ] consolation: The final "s" on a word in Simms's hand is
usually a simple but definite downstroke, but at times it might be confused
with a comma. For example, "nevertheless;" at 98.16 looks like "neverthelesss"
and, were it not for the dot at the top of the semicolon, could be quite confus-
ing. Simms may have written a comma after "consolation" which his printer
mistook for the "s," or he may have made a stray pen stroke. In any case, Mrs.
Carter takes great pains to speak correctly, and Simms did not have to give
here a lack of agreement between subject and verb to point out any satire he
may have meant.
110.19 console ] consoles: Cf. note on 110.16.
154.17—154.23 now that she ] now she: There are two possible emendations for
this sentence fragment: simple deletion of "that" at 154.17; or "and," in the
same line. The first is the simplest emendation; the second may be closer to