Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

Good People

James Carson

 

Fall 2020 - Good People

 

 

 

 

And so it was a balm in those trying times that routine had begun to lower its benignant hand over Mrs Jefferson Davis, Varina to her friends, Winnie alone to her father and husband, and her children and her people. Her lessor – a banker, Mr Isaac Weill, who feared for the gold he had pledged to the cause early in the war – had sent a cook for which Mrs Davis was much obliged, and the house already contained most of what they needed. Callers interrupted her efforts to put things aright, and the failing telegraph thwarted her every effort to contact the husband she had now named in her mind her poor old Prometheus. But, as ever, she remained the nation’s first lady and so strove to uphold a rightful place in a city where few would associate with her for fear of incurring the wrath of the federal soldiers when they made the arrival everyone expected the following week …

 

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