Weblink. from Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. Chapter 47 - Uncle Remus and Mr. Cable
Mr. Joel Chandler Harris ('Uncle Remus') was to arrive from Atlanta at seven o'clock Sunday morning; so we got up and received him. We were able to detect him among the crowd of arrivals at the hotel-counter by his correspondence with a description of him which had been furnished us from a trustworthy source. He was said to be undersized, red-haired, and somewhat freckled. He was the only man in the party whose outside tallied with this bill of particulars. He was said to be very shy. He is a shy man. Of this there is no doubt. It may not show on the surface, but the shyness is there. After days of intimacy one wonders to see that it is still in about as strong force as ever. There is a fine and beautiful nature hidden behind it, as all know who have read the Uncle Remus book; and a fine genius, too, as all know by the same sign. I seem to be talking quite freely about this neighbor; but in talking to the public I am but talking to his personal friends, and these things are permissible among friends.
deeply disappointed a number of children who had flocked eagerly to Mr. Cable's
house to get a glimpse of the illustrious sage and oracle of the nation's nurseries.
They said -- 'Why, he 's white! ' They were grieved about it. So, to console
them, the book was brought, that they might hear Uncle Remus's Tar-Baby story
from the lips of Uncle Remus himself--or what, in their outraged eyes, was left
of him. But it turned out that he had never read aloud to people, and was too
shy to venture the attempt now. Mr. Cable and I read from books of ours, to
show him what an easy trick it was; but his immortal shyness was proof against
even this sagacious strategy, so we had to read about Brer Rabbit ourselves.
Languages / Anthropology 3043: Folklore & Mythology.
Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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