“Goophered,” that’s what the colored man said.
I am however not the type to be deterred from prudent purchases by foolish tales. God knows where we would be if my wife with her female sensitivities were to make our financial decisions. Of course, I am at her every bidding, and am always making improvements to the farm for her comfort. I have been able make profits from the grape culture that I cultivated here in the south, indeed settling this place has been as easy as my cousin suggested. If land is cheap, labour is cheaper. In fact, our carriage driver was already here when we arrived, more than ready for hire.