The luck of Barerakes

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byCaroline Marriage

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... AFTERMATH The landlord had finished his tale and we sat looking into the dying fire. After a while he relit his pipe and puffed at it steadily. "A grim old tale," I said at last. "It is that." "And you think it true?" I queried. "True?" "You think there really was such a man as McKay or the Black Dog? It is'nt just a fireside tale for winter nights?" He smiled a little as he pressed down the tobacco in his pipe-bowl. "True or not," I went on, "it's a good tale, and I'm glad to have heard it." He looked at me quietly; his beard and moustache hid his lips, but it seemed to me that his eyes twinkled. "It tells better of a wild night wi' t' wind howlin' i' t' chimney, and t' snaw drivin' in oonder t' door crack. 'Tis as ye say, a tale for a winter's night. Ye wad hear a bit of a noise last night after closing-time?" he asked, eyeing his pipe with the same thin affectation of solemnity; "I was sorry ye should be disturbed, and 'tis not often it haps i' my house." "There was rather a row," I admitted; "but I didn't trouble myself about it. What was the matter? "I added, for I thought he seemed anxious to explain. "There was a good few i' t' tap-room; an' a lot o' lads together like that, they get heated wi'out onything more. They get drinkin', and, wi'out bein' what you might call fresh, they've a deal more to say than is any wise profitable. And when all speak at once 'tis a case o' the strongest lungs. They took to tellin' owd tales--winter tales." He looked at me impressively. "I wasn't i' t' bar at the time, or I dinna hold wi' such ways." "You tell tales enough yourself!" "There be tales and tales; and when ye've getten a good tale 'tis not to say it wad suit just every one. Folk should use their judgment. Now a tale such as yon 'tis well enough, as you say,...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... AFTERMATH The landlord had finished his tale and we sat looking into the dying fire. After a while he relit his pipe and puffed ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217123260

ISBN - 13:9780217123266

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