Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | 2009
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1. The one exception to this rule takes place in the build-up to the climax of
the Indian tale when Tselica and Ockwallee, committed to abandoning their
hostile tribes, are briefly separated. Ockwallee searches for signs of the Cherokee
pursuers who will soon kill him:
He pauses, in the thicket's side,
And harks the signals, far and wide,
North, South, and West the East alone
Would seem a pathway still his own. (2.1101-04)
This brief focus on compass directions seems sufficiently out of place in the
poem that Simms may well have intended to imply a connection between the one
character who chooses to head east rather than west and that character's death a
few pages later.

Works Cited
Simms, William Gilmore. An Early and Strong Sympathy: The Indian Writings of
William Gilmore Simms. Ed. John Caldwell Guilds and Charles Hudson.
Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2003.

-----. The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 3. Ed. Mary C. Simms

Oliphant, Alfred Taylor Odell, and T. C. Duncan Eaves. Columbia: U of
South Carolina P, 1953.

-----. "The Mountain Tramp. Tselica; A Legend of the French Broad." Guilds
and Hudson 504-72.

Turner, Frederick Jackson. "The Significance of the Frontier in American
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Turner. New York: H. Holt, 1920. 1-38.