Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | 1996
Transcription concerns the scene of action. Every Charlestonian, for example, who does not
see that the writer is aiming at nothing more than an ingenius solution of what
might be held as a strange oryptographical difficulty, will bo revolted when required
to believe in the rocks and highlands in and about Suillivan's Island. This is a
small matter, it is true.--Mr. Poe had only to change the scene or his action to
more suitable regions, and all would have been right:—but this allowance is
never made by a certain olaas of readers. To show them that you err in one res-
pect, however unimportant to the action and the interest, and you afford them a
privilege of which they never hesitate to avail themselves. Sure of your weak
point, they infer the rest, and away with your fiction, as they would with an in-
genius puzz1e, the key to which is already within their keeping. 'The Wigwam
and the Cabin," a first series, to be followed by a second, which is already
printed, forms the fourth number of this collection.