The Literary Life and Miscellanies of John Galt, Band 3

W. Blackwood, 1834

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Seite 231 - I pray you, speak not ; he grows worse and worse; Question enrages him : at once, good night : — Stand not upon the order of your going, But go at once.
Seite 130 - I should call it, the spirit of niggerality, was abroad, and that all degrees of public men, from the King sitting on his throne with -the crown on his head doing nothing, to the betheral toiling with his spade in the kirkyard, howking a grave in wet weather, was obligated to thole hampering in their vocation.
Seite 11 - ... ordinance that was most wholesome. But what caused me to make the observe was, that we timeously came away from Bleakrigs, on purpose to reach the Goatditch in time to be in at the breakfast ; for poor folk, like as mother was, are obligated to make now and then a reckoning, and we postponed accordingly the making of our own parritch that morning, counting on being invited to a share of James...
Seite 91 - I was, however, besotted, like many others, concerning her talents ; for, although they might be great in their way, it would not be natural if betherals did not look on howdies •with an instinct like what dogs cherish against cats. How, indeed, can it be otherwise, for the midwife's trade is to bring a superabundant population, which is an evil, as the dominie calls it, into the world, and the betheral's, to bury -whom the Lord weeds from among them ? So that, for three years, I do not find >n...
Seite 42 - I first spoke anent the subject ; but by and by, being a discreet woman, she thought more composedly, •when she made a reflection that the betheral of our parish was a manifold character, and something by the common, no one in the country side having so great trust ; for with us he had not only to make the last bed of corrupt mortality — to ring the kirk bell, wet or dry, every Sabbath morning — to dust the pews of the heritors — to...
Seite 80 - I, p. 75. 262 But when the bairn died of a kinkhost, there was the end of all her bravery."1 The grim piety common among the people is caught perfectly in many touches there and in The Howdie, for example, "the generality of the people being mediocres, and more given to see what a shilling is made of, than to sing anthems...
Seite 130 - I made myself a reflection, saying, that formerly haining anjd saving were twa words of the same significance ; but in latter days we skippet haining altogether, and whamlet savings upside down, or rather putting scrimpit in sense to serve for both. Indeed, for the haining and saving of the good old fashion, we have gotten scrimpit and abridging, which are unco different. In the auld time, it was a saying, that what we ham we gain, and what is saved is profit.
Seite 84 - ... who lived by herself in a small back-house, and her, wheel was all the gudeman she had. The whole day she did nothing but draw a thread from a tow rock, and at night she went to her bed, and got up in the morning again to spin. No life could be more methodical than hers — the bell in the town...
Seite 6 - I'm only a callan no overly forward in my education, having the dregs of the measles in my eyes, and other-> wise of a dwamling habit of body, drinking a cup of camovile tea every morning, which I would never have done, had the minister's wife of those days not said it was the best thing for a growing laddie ill of a complaint. Poor woman ! she has now won awa' ; but Bleakrigs will be bleak before her likes darkenthe manse door.

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