Waverley Novels; The Heart Of Mid-lothian Volume 7: The heart of Mid-Lothian

Paperback | July 8, 2012

bySir Walter Scott

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... but there was often a bit saft heather by the roadside, and that helped her weel on." The want of the screen, which was drawn over the head like a veil, she supplied by a ban-grace, as she called it; a large straw bonnet, like those worn by the English maidens when labouring in the fields. " But I thought unco shame o' myseU," she said, " the first time I put on a married woman's ban-grace, and me a single maiden." With these changes she had little, as she said, to make " her ken-speckle when she didna speak," but her accent and language drew down on her so many jests and gibes, couched in a worse patois by far than her own, that she soon found it was her interest to talk as little and as seldom as possible. ' She answered, therefore, civil salutations of chance passengers with a civil curtsey, and chose, with anxious circumspection, such places of repose, as looked at once most decent and sequestered. She found the common people of England, although inferior in courtesy to strangers, such as was then practised in her own more unfrequented country, yet, upon the whole, by no means deficient in the real duties of hospitality. She readily obtained food, and shelter, and protection at a very moderate rate, which sometimes the generosity of mine host altogether declined, with a blunt apology,--" Thee hast a long way afore thee, lass; and I'se ne'er take penny out o' a single woman's purse; it's the best friend thou can have on the road." It often happened, too, that mine hostess was struck with " the tidy, nice Scotch body," and procured her an escort, or a cast in a waggon, for some part of the way, or gave her a useful advice and recommendation respecting her resting-places. At York our pilgrim stopped for the best part of a day--partly to recruit...

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... but there was often a bit saft heather by the roadside, and that helped her weel on." The want of the screen, which wa...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.47 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021741835X

ISBN - 13:9780217418355

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