By Johnson Jones Hooper
Originally released in 1845, Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs is a chain of sketches written partly to parody a few the crusade literature of the period. the nature, Simon Suggs, together with his motto, “it is nice to be shifty in a brand new country,” totally incarnates a backwoods model of the nationwide archetypes now comprehend because the self assurance guy, the grafter, the pro flim-flam artist supremely expert within the arts wherein a guy will get alongside on this planet. This vintage quantity of fine humor is determined within the rough-and-tumble international of frontier lifestyles and politics.
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A great moral spectacle, sir! You cursing the director, sir舒withering him up with virtuous indignation舒 threatening to walk eighty miles, sir, over very inferior roads, to discharge your public functions舒he cowering, as doubtless he did, before the representative of the people! Yes, sir, it was a sublime moral spectacle, worthy of a comparison with any recorded specimens of Roman or Spartan magnanimity, sir. " " Belikes it did"9舒said the Captain舒" shouldn9t be surprised. There was smartly of a row betwixt us, certin.
No! no! we have chewed the cud of this matter, until we flattei ourself all its juices have been expressed; and the result is, that as Captain Simon Suggs thinks it " more than probable" he shall " come before the people 01 Tallapoosa" in the course of a year or two, he is, in our opinion, clearly " within the line of safe precedents," and bound in honor to furnish the Suggs party with such information respecting himself, as will enable them to vindicate his character whenever and wherever it may be attacked by the ruthless and polluted tongues of Captain Simon Suggs9 enemies.
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. " Simon! Simon! you poor unlettered fool. Don9t you know that all card-players, and chicken-fighters, and horse-racers go to hell?