Altrive Tales; Collected Among the Peasantry of Scotland, and from Foreign Adventurers

Altrive Tales; Collected Among the Peasantry of Scotland, and from Foreign Adventurers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...for poor Finlayson; but he failed me never; he never came empty handed, for he could work his way every where. The wealth of France and Germany seemed at this important period to be at his disposal. I believe little Finlayson at some times could have raised a company of men; but possession was so uncertain thus obtained, that he lost his wealth as fast as he gained it. I lost all account of the time I was in this accursed place; but, to my great astonishment, I lost sight also of little Finlayson at one time, and gave myself quite up for lost, till one day I heard my name called from without, in broken English, and on pushing my nose through the bars, I was accosted by a very pretty maiden, who informed me, as well as she could, that my boy had sent her with money to buy me out of the prison; but that she knew not how to accomplish it, and would hand me up the purse, that I might manage it myself. I intreat.ed her not to do that, as I should be robbed of it instantly, for every thing that came into that place of misery was seized on as common property. But I mentioned a scheme to her that. shall be nameless, on which she stood for a long time silent, as if confounded at the atrocity of the proposal. At length her eyes began to open on the probable consequences, and she gave me a nod of approbation, smiled, and vanished. The next night but two after that I was set at liberty at the dead hour of the night, charged to return at a certain hour, and committed to a guide who was to direct me how to proceed. My guide from the prison proved to be a little old capuchin monk of slender and delicate proportions, and having a voice dwindled to treble pipes; but being covered with a gown and hood, I could not discover his lineaments. I followed close...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123680452X
  • 9781236804525