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The Themes of "How Sharp Snaffles got his Capital and Wife" Romance, 'The Big Lie', comedy, and Moral, "How Sharp Snaffles got his Capital and Wife" comprises all of them in a superbly written story by William Gilmore Simms. Settle back and enjoy a "potation"(423) by a "corpulent barrel of Western uisquebaugh "(422) while I assert my truths is that 'Lie'. This intimate story is about the trails and tribulations Sam Snaffles suffered to capture the affections of Mary Ann Hopson. Sam clarifies Mary Ann as ", and so all around beautiful! O Lawd! When I thinks of them and it times, I really don't see how 'twas possible to think about buck-hunting if thar was sich a doe, together with sich eyes beaming me on!" (426) Following Sam is refused Mary Ann's hand in marriage, because he does not have any funds, they meet in the forest beyond Mary Ann's house she informs Sam "I will be true to you, Sam. I enjoys nobody in all the world so much as I loves you"(434) Sam gets the funds required to fulfill her father and marry his true love in the long run. The Webster's definition of 'Big Lie' is "a willful gross distortion of the truth used particularly as a propaganda strategy" and this is nicely exemplified in the story. The story opens in the end of a week of searching and the team is sitting around the fire awaiting "The Lying Camp!" The main character Sam Snaffles is asked to tell the story of how he found 'Capital ' so he could marry his true love, Mary Ann Hopson. As Sam starts his story he's called down by the 'Big Lie' stating, "All you have been a-saying is jest nothing but the nude truth as I understand it" (426) Sam's answer is "And how's a man to lie decently onless you lets him hev a little bit of truth to move upon? The truth's nothing but a peg in the wall I hangs the lie " (426) Sam's story of how he obtained the 'capital' is amazing and just to show how large it grew, here's a description of the entire capital Sam got, "From the b'ar... First, thar waur the hide, $20; afterward 450 pounds of meat, at 10 cents, was $45; then the grease, 14 lbs, $14; and the tallow, a few $6 longer; and also the biled marrow, $11." Even the geese "2700 wild-geese, at 50 cents, you sees, must be more than $1350." The honey "got something over two thousand gallons of the purest, sweetest, yellowest honey that you ever did see" Humor is located throughout this story. One of my favourite parts is when Mary Ann's dad asked Sam's horse if Sa...