Sand Mountain Matchmaking
Rebecca Tull, an attractive widow in her early twenties. Her first marriage was not very successful, though she did not wish for her husband to die. Other inhabitants of Sand Mountain, including her father (who is a preacher) and her mother, believe that it is her duty to remarry quickly so that she does not provide too much temptation for the men of the area. Rebecca, however, is too particular to settle for what she has mercifully escaped. Rebecca seeks some sort of equality and respect in her ideal partner, characteristics that are not abundant in the men of Sand Mountain. She has her own wealth; she does not need to marry for any reason except to please herself.
Clink Williams, Rebecca’s first suitor. Clink Williams is a young man about Rebecca’s age. He views any future relationship with Rebecca on a purely physical plane. He sees himself as the man to fill Rebecca’s physical needs; he is very conceited and arrogant—though arrogance is a quality shared equally with his first two rivals. His cocksureness does not endear him to Rebecca. Despite his emphasis on sex, he is offended when Rebecca says Lottie’s charm (“A man’s horn is times three the size of his nose”) to him; hypocrite that he is, he says that she is now not “delicate” enough for him.
Slate Foley, Rebecca’s second suitor, a man in his forties. He also sees any...
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