At present I am, besides others, reading mysteries by Erle Stanley Gardner. In his foreword to “The Case of the Terrified Typist” he describes the typical Texan – admittedly, to my mind, using some clichés but still very true – in the following words:
“Texans don’t do things the way other people do. If a Texan likes you, he is for you a hundred percent. If he doesn’t like you, he may or may not be polite, but his formal politeness will be as frigid as a blizzard wind in the Texas Panhandle. Texas is a big, raw, blustering state with a highly developed sense of the dramatic, a spirit of the Old West still rampant, and is peopled by citizens who think only in terms of the superlative. This causes many people to doubt the sincerity of the Texan. The trouble is, some of these critics simply don’t understand the Texan language and the Texan thought. When a Texan uses superlatives, he is completely sincere. He thinks in superlatives. He expresses himself in superlatives.”
Erle Stanley Gardner, “The Case of the Terrified Typist“, in Seven Complete Novels (New York, 1979), p. 149 f.
“The Case of the Terrified Typist” was originally published in 1956.