The cottagers of Glenburnie, with a memoir of the life of the author

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Page 107 - ... to Him in whose hands are the issues of life and death, I prepared for the last dread struggle.
Page 114 - Grizzy, desiring her a' the time she poured the milk to beware of letting in ane o' the cow's hairs that were on her goon. ' Hoot !' says I, ' cow's hairs are canny, they'll never choke ye.' ' The fewer of them that are in the butter the better,' says she. ' Twa or three hairs are better than the blink o' an ill ee,
Page 56 - All the party were greatly amused by the composure which the young peasant evinced under his misfortune, as well as by the shrewdness of his answers; and having learned from him that the hay-field was at no great distance, gave him some halfpence to hasten his speed, and promised to take care of his horse till he should return with assistance. He soon appeared, followed by his father and two other men, who came on stepping at their usual pace. " Why, farmer," said Mr Stewart, " you have trusted rather...
Page 87 - I never heard o' sic a thing i' my life." Mrs Mason found it difficult to conceal the disgust which this discovery excited; but resolving to be cautious of giving offence by the disclosure of her sentiments, she sat down in silence to watch the farther operations of the morning.
Page 57 - Scotland, it shewed that nothing was done to make it neat, cleanly, or attractive. It consisted of about twenty or thirty thatched cottages, which, but for their chimneys, and the smoke that issued from them, might have passed for so many stables or hog-sties, so little had they to distinguish them as the dwellings of man. That one horse, at least, was the inhabitant of every dwelling, there was no room to doubt, as every door could not only boast its dunghill, but had a small cart stuck up on end...
Page 71 - But that need not hinder you to wipe up the table before you go," said Mrs Mason. " You might have cleaned it up as bright as a lookingglass, in the time that you have spent in spattering it and dirtying your fingers. Would it not be pleasanter for you to make it clean than to leave it dirty ?" " I'll no be at the fash," returned Meg, making off to the door as she spoke.
Page 85 - Ye may gang, ye door loon," says the father ; " but if ye do, ye sail repent it as lang as ye live." " Hoot na," returned the mother, " ye 'l1 forgie' him ; and ye had as weel let him gang, for ye see he winna be hindered !" " Where is the young man for going to ?" asked Mrs Mason. " Where sud he be for gain' to, but to the fair ?" returned the mother ;
Page 154 - In one of the rooms the following card was hung up : ' It is requested that the following instructions be particularly observed by the children : — To do every thing in its proper time ; to keep every thing to its proper use ; and to put every thing in its proper place ; also that each fire may consume its own cinders.
Page 83 - ... the sleeping rooms of a country house, all the disadvantages which attend the airless abodes of poverty in the crowded lanes of great and populous cities. From the length of time that the outer door had been shut, the closeness of the house had become very unpleasant to her lungs. Welcome therefore was the reviving breeze of morning ! Welcome the freshness of the coming day, which now burst upon the senses. It was not, indeed, until she had removed some paces from the house, that she fully felt...
Page 61 - ... industry. The portable furniture, as chairs, tables, &c. were all, though clumsy, of good materials ; so that Mrs Mason thought the place wanted nothing but a little attention to neatness, and some more light, to render it tolerably comfortable. Miss Mary Stewart took upon herself the trouble of making tea, and began the operation by rinsing all the cups and saucers through warm water ; at which Mrs Macclarty was so far from being offended, that the moment she perceived her intention she stepped...

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