For four years, now, Jurgis had been wondering and blundering in the depths of a wilderness; and here, suddenly, a hand reached down and seized him, and lifted him out of it, and set him upon a mountain-top, from which he could survey it all--could see the paths from which he had wandered, the morasses
into which he had stumbled, the hiding places of the beasts of prey that had fallen upon him.
Contrary to the usual practice of the men of their caste, this party had left the fertile bottoms of the low country, and had found its way, by means only known to such adventurers, across glen and torrent, over deep morasses
and arid wastes, to a point far beyond the usual limits of civilised habitations.
Two of the sweeping bastions appeared to rest on the water which washed their bases, while a deep ditch and extensive morasses
guarded its other sides and angles.
Both had fairytale marriages, both ended up in matrimonial morasses
Here's how Governor Johnson of Georgia, in a speech in Philadelphia in the 1850s, bluntly put the problem the whites faced: "They cannot hire labor to cultivate rice swamps, ditch their low ground or drain their morasses