Waverley Novels Volume 12

Waverley Novels Volume 12

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ... lack of food, and used to frequent, in dangerous numbers, the battle-field, the deserted churchyard--nay, sometimes the abodes of living men, there to watch for children, their defenceless prey, with as miich familiarity as the fox now-adays will venture to prowl near the mistress's1-poultry-yard. From what we have said, our readers, if they have made--as who in these days has not--the Scottish tour, will be able to form a tolerably just idea of the wilder and upper part of Douglas Dale, during the earlier period of the fourteenth century. The setting sun cast his gleams along a moorland country, which to the westward broke into larger swells, terminating in the mountains called the Larger and Lesser Cairntable. The first of these is, as it were, the' father of the hills in the neighbourhood, the source of an hundred streams, and by far the largest of the ridge, Halnu, or flat plains, by the sides of the brooks and rivers, termed in the south, I ngs. t The good dame, or wife of a respectable Tarmer, is almost universally thus dcsiglmted in Scotland. still holding in his dark bosom, and in the ravines with which his sides are ploughed, considerable remnants of those ancient forests with which all the high grounds of that quarter were once covered, and particularly the hills, in which the rivers--both those which run to the east, and those which seek the west to discharge themselves into the Solway--hide, like so many hermits, their original and scanty sources. The landscape was still illuminated by the reflection of the evening sun, sometimes thrown back from pool or stream; sometimes resting on grey rocks, huge cumberers of the soil, which labour and agriculture have since removed, and sometimes contenting itself with gilding...show more

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  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 617g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236854594
  • 9781236854599