The highest title of honor and affection, and the most gracioius, that is known
to the South. Negroes get it by mere age, and then it does not mean a great
deal; but with the whites it is the assayer's stamp upon the golden ingot of
character, and stands for a thousand carats fine.
- deleted passage from Pudd'nhead Wilson; quoted in Dark Twins: Imposture and Identity in Mark Twain's America by Susan Gillman, p. 76.
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