By Johnson Jones Hooper
Originally released in 1845, Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs is a sequence of sketches written partly to parody a few the crusade literature of the period. the nature, Simon Suggs, along with his motto, “it is sweet to be shifty in a brand new country,” absolutely incarnates a backwoods model of the nationwide archetypes now recognize because the self belief guy, the grafter, the pro flim-flam artist supremely expert within the arts in which a guy will get alongside on the planet. This vintage quantity of fine humor is determined within the rough-and-tumble global of frontier existence and politics.
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He has hundreds depending upon the turn of the next card, and yet his face is entirely calm, if you except a very slight twitching of the eye-lids, which are so nearly closed that the long lashes nearly intermingle. A pretty, gentlemanly Tiger-keeper, in sooth! 舒as he addresses the florid and flushed young man, there at the table, whose last dollar he has just swept from the board. " The bank is singularly fortunate to-night. Nothing but the best sort of luck could have saved it from the skilful combination with which you attacked.
Do it daddy? Doit? 9Taint nothin9. " Whether this explanation was entirely, or in any degree, satisfactory to the perplexed mind of Elder Jed9diah Suggs, cannot, after the lapse of lime which has intervened, be sufficiently ascertained. " "Jist so, daddy; jist so; I9ll witness that. But it 9minds me mightily of the way mammy give old Trailler the side of bacon, last week. She a-sweep- in9 up the hath; the meat on the table舒old Trailler jumps up, gethers the bacon and darts! mammy arter him with the broom-stick, as fur as the door舒but seein9 the dog has got the start, she shakes the stick at him and hollers, 9 You sassy, aig-sukkin9, roguish, gnatty, flop-eared varmint!
When I go off9 to myself, I9m gwine to make my livin9 by it. " Old Mr. Suggs groaned, as he was wont to do in the pulpit, at this display of Simon9s viciousness. " Simon," said he, " you9re a poor ignunt creetur. You don9t know nuthin9, and you9ve never bin no whars. If I was to turn you off, you9d starve in a week舒" " I wish you9d try me," said Simon, " and jist see. I9d win more money in a week than you can make in a year. There ain9t nobody round here kin make seed corn off o9 me at cards. I9m rale smart," he added with great emphasis.
Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs: Late of the Tallapoosa Volunteers; Together with Taking the Census and Other Alabama Sketches (Library Alabama Classics) by Johnson Jones Hooper