Excerpt from Little Journeys to the Homes of Good Men and Great: Thomas Carlyle
Ten miles beyond Gretna Green is Ecclefechan. A little village of stucco houses all stretched out on one street. Plain, homely, rocky, and unromantic is the country round about, and plain, homely, and unromantic is the little house where Carlyle was born. The place is shown the visitor by a good old dame who takes one from room to room, giving a little lecture meanwhile in a mixture of Gaelic and English which was quite beyond my ken. Several relics of interest are shown, and although the house is almost, precisely like all others in the vicinity, imagination throws round it all a roseate wreath of fancies.
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