Philip Gerard

in Down the Wild Cape Fear

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9781469602073
Published online July 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469608136

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This chapter describes how travelers in the 1700s reported hearing beautiful, ghostly singing emanating from this beach. A legend grew up that this was the place where mermaids would gather under a full moon. They had swum up the river till it was cleansed of salt and clarified of the tea-stain of tannin leaching from the cypress swamps in the lower river, to this beach where the mountain-cold water ran purified by fifty miles of fall and drip and seep through a watershed spider-webbing out north, east, and west. Here they would lounge, washing and combing one another's long hair, all the while keening their siren song in a lovely, mesmerizing language no human ear could comprehend.

Keywords: travelers; ghostly singing; mermaids; full moon; cypress swamps

Chapter.  7074 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Impact of Environmental Issues (Social Science)

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