He was very proud of his old Virginian
ancestry, and in his hospitalities and his rather formal and stately manners, he kept up its traditions.
There is much which I have left out; much which I have not dared to tell; but you will find the story of his second search for Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, even more remarkable than was his first manuscript which I gave to an unbelieving world a short time since and through which we followed the fighting Virginian
across dead sea bottoms under the moons of Mars.
These were Captain Langford, the English officer before mentioned; a Virginian
planter, who had come to Massachusetts on some political errand; a young Episcopal clergyman, the grandson of a British earl; and, lastly, the private secretary of Governor Shute, whose obsequiousness had won a sort of tolerance from Lady Eleanore.
But no matter in what straits the Pennsylvanian or Virginian
found himself, he would not let his daughters go out into service.
He had the frank spirit of a Virginian
, and the rough heroism of a pioneer of the west.
The sleeping sentinel in the clump of laurel was a young Virginian
named Carter Druse.
May God rest his soul in Paradise, and the soul of his Virginian
ancestor, if, indeed, they are two souls.
They had recently seen a chosen army from that country, which, reverencing as a mother, they had blindly believed invincible--an army led by a chief who had been selected from a crowd of trained warriors, for his rare military endowments, disgracefully routed by a handful of French and Indians, and only saved from annihilation by the coolness and spirit of a Virginian
boy, whose riper fame has since diffused itself, with the steady influence of moral truth, to the uttermost confines of Christendom.
What I failed to do, through implicit belief that my petition would be presumptuous and unwelcome, I do now, Dejah Thoris; I ask you to be my wife, and by all the Virginian
fighting blood that flows in my veins you shall be.
The fighting blood of my Virginian
sires coursed hot through my veins.
Even to the famous fighting smile of the Virginian
was the resemblance true.
My proper old Virginian
," she cried, rumpling his shock of black hair.