Got a bit of a controversy going on around here. Just what exactly does it mean that, according to some, the beloved historian, Sharlot Hall, "had a mouth on her"?
Does it mean she could swear, or does it mean she merely talked back to figures of authority? (i.e. Men!)
And, if she did swear, how strong were the oaths?
Since Sharlot lived with her parents on a ranch outside Prescott—in Lonesome Valley—I assume she could swear. Her father certainly could and did all the time. Sharlot writes that one time she challenged him to go for five minutes without swearing and he couldn't do it.
And back to scratchboard, for the third time.
"Art is not a turning loose from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. . .only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."
And speaking of swearing in the Old West, here is a pretty solid take on the swearing in Deadwood:
Scholars Weigh In On 'Deadwood' Swearing