The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 26
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. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...pallid majesty...Yet l thank thee, John of Ramorny, ungrateful to me, false to thy word, and treacherous to my hopes. Thy hate shall counteract the evil which thy friendship has done to him. And well do I hope, that, now thou art no longer his counsellor, a hitter penance on earth may purchase my ill-fated child pardon and acceptance in a better world." Ramorny stretched out his arms after his benefactress, and endeavoured to express contrition and excuse; but the countenance of the apparition became darker and sterner, till it was no longer that of the late Queen, but presented the gloomy and haughty countenance of the Black Douglas--then the timid and sorrowful face of King Robert, who seemed to mourn over the approaching dissolution of his royal house _._ and then a group of fantastic features, partly hideous, partly ludicrous, which moped, and chattered, and twisted themselves into unnatural and extravagant forms, as if ridiculing his endeavour to obtain an exact idea of their lineaments. Tun morning of Ash Wednesday arose pale and bleak, as usual at this season in Scotland, where the worst and most inclement weather often occurs in the early spring months.-It was a severe day of frost, and the citizens had to sleep away the consequences of the preceding holiday's debauchery. The sun had therefore risen for an hour above the horizon, before there was any general appearance of life among the inhabitants of Perth, so that it was some time after daybreak, when an early citizen, going to mass, saw the body of the luckless Oliver Proudfute lying on his face, across the kennel, in the manner in which he had fallen, under the blow, as our readers will easily imagine, of Antony Bonihron, the "boy of the belt," that is, ...
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