Sir Gibbie

December 31, 2009|
Sir Gibbie by George MacDonald
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. MISTRESS CROALE. The house at which they met had yet not a little character remaining. Mistress Croale had come in for a derived worthiness, in the memory, yet lingering about the place, of a worthy aunt deceased, and always encouraged in herself a vague idea of obligation to live up to it. Hence she had made it a rule to supply drink only so long as her customers kept decent?that is, so long as they did not quarrel aloud, and put her in danger of a visit from the police; tell such tales as offended her modesty; utter oaths of any peculiarly atrocious quality; or defame the Sabbath Day, the Kirk, or the Bible. On these terms, and so long as they paid for what they had, they might get as drunk as they pleased, without the smallest offence to Mistress Croale. But if the least unquestionable infringement of her rules occurred, she would pounce upon the shameless one with sudden and sharp reproof. I doubt not that, so doing, she cherished a hope of recommending herself above, and making deposits in view of a coming balance-sheet. The result for this life so far was, that, by these claims to respectability, she had gathered a clientele of douce, well disposed drunkards, who rarely gave her any trouble so long as they were in the house, though sometimes she had reason to be anxious about the fate of individuals of them after they left it. Another peculiarity in her government was that she would rarely give drink to a woman. "Na, na," she would say, "what has a wuman to dee wi' strongdrink Lat the men dee as they like, we canna help them" She made exception in behalf of her personal friends; and, for herself, was in the way of sipping?only sipping, privately, on account of her "trouble," she said?by which she meant some complaint, speaking of it as if it were general...
Title:Sir Gibbie
Product dimensions:420 pages, 9.25 X 7.5 X 0.86 in
Shipping dimensions:420 pages, 9.25 X 7.5 X 0.86 in
Published:December 31, 2009
Publisher:Standard Publications
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781438534206

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