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1869 Excerpt: ...observes) "for cracking a crib." Nor is the
Captain any more successful with American society. Even when he
attempts to portray what we fondly call " our best society," he
endues his characters with insufferable vulgarity, and makes their
dignity only rise to a dreary turgidity. Think of a lovely young
belle lecturing her cousin on the wrongs of Ireland, the
attractions of life in New York, and the superiority of the male
sex, all in one breath. This is highlife below stairs with a
vengeance. Captain Reid is one of those authors who find it much
more convenient and agreeable to say "apr'cs le bal" than "after
the ball," and consider " chambre de coucher" vastly more elegant
than any Saxon phrase could possibly be. These French phrases are
only the thin varnish which he makes use of to conceal his
congenial savagery; and, with the habitudes of his legitimate trade
strong upon him, he must have his " Zenaida dove" and boa
constrictor occasionally, even in the society of impossible
aristocrats and gentle-folks. Mayne Reid without his war paint and
hunting shirt reminds us of nothing so much as the homely old
figure of " a bear in moccasins." Nor is he any more skilful in his
plot than might be expected of a compilerof thrilling adventures by
field and flood. One sees the end from the beginning, and though
lords and ladies take the place of "Red Dick" and his wild
congeners of the Brazilian forests, you are calm in the belief that
all of this premonitory fiddling is to eventuate in the red and
blue fire of the closing tableau, in which all the leading virtuous
characters choose partners for life and occupy striking positions,
while vice receives a cleaving stroke upon its crest and ...
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