Umm... bilby, I'm sure you didn't mean it to come out the way it did--in fact you appear to have meant just the opposite--but your comment is worded in such a way that implies the "present company" does not have an "exquisite and authentic command of the English language."
Further... please! I'm drowning in subjective generalizations!
I think he was an apple-sucking cowboy. He reminds me of a time when - present company excluded of course - Americans had an exquisite and authentic command of the English language. But he walked through the lands and described what he saw with a wonderment and generosity of heart that is rarely found in modern writings. I very much enjoyed reading his nostalgic voyage into appledom.
"There is a wild apple on Nawshawtuck Hill in my town which has to me a peculiarly pleasant bitter tang, not perceived till it is three-quarters tasted. It remains on the tongue. As you eat it, it smells exactly like a squash-bug. It is a sort of triumph to eat and relish it." - Henry David Thoreau, 'Wild Apples'.