By Johnson Jones Hooper
Originally released in 1845, Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs is a chain of sketches written partially 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 recognize because the self assurance guy, the grafter, the pro flim-flam artist supremely expert within the arts wherein a guy will get alongside on the earth. This vintage quantity of fine humor is determined within the rough-and-tumble global of frontier lifestyles and politics.
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What9s in ye ? What are ye laughin9 abo"9J asked the old man wrothily. " Oh, it9s so funny that it could all a9 been fixea aforehand /" said Simon, and laughed louder than before. The obtusity of the Reverend Mr. Suggs, however, prevented his making any discoveries. He fell into a brow study, and no further allusion was made to the matter. It was evident to our hero that his father intended he should remain but one more night beneath the paternal roof. What mattered it to Simon ? He went home at night, curried and fed Bunch; whispered confidentially in his ear that he was the 99 fastest piece of hoss-flesh, accordin9 to size, that ever shaded the yeath;" and then busied himself in preparing for an early start on the morrow.
I don9t know it by that name; but if it9s oook knowledge or plain sense, and Bob kin do it, it9s reasonable to s9pose that old Jed9diah Suggs won9t be bothered bad. " " Pretty much, daddy, but not adzactly," said Simon, drawing a pack from his pocket, to explain. "Now daddy," he proceeded, "you see these here four cards is what we calls the Jacks. " said old Jed9diah. " said the senior Suggs, examining the cards. "More alike nor cow-peas," said Simon. " It can9t be done, Simon," observed the old man, with great solemnity.
Besides, he has a quick, ready wit, which has extricated him from many an unpleasant predicament, and which makes him whenever he chooses to be so舒and that is always舒very companionable. In short, nature gave the Captain the precise intellectual outfit most to be desired by a man of his propensities. She sent him into the world a sort of he-Pallas, ready to cope with his kind, from his infancy, in all the arts by which men "get along" in the world; if she made him, in respect to his moral conformation, a beast of prey, she did not refine the cruelty by denying him the fangs and the claws.