The Provost

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Wm. Balckwood, 1822 - 355 sivua
 

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Sivu 68 - Willy, that was stable-boy at my lord's, was standing by himself, in an open ring made round him in the crowd ; every one compassionating the dejected laddie, for he was a fine youth, and of an orderly spirit. As his sister came towards the foot of the ladder, he ran towards her, and embraced her with a wail of sorrow that melted every heart, and made us all stop in the middle of our solemnity. Jeanie looked at him, (for her hands were tied,) and a silent tear was seen to drop from her cheek. But...
Sivu 234 - Robin by the lug and the horn to the tolbooth, and then came with their complaint to me. Seeing how the authorities had been set at nought, and the necessity there was of making an example, I forthwith ordered Robin to be cashiered from the service of the town, and, as so important a concern as a proclamation ought not to be delayed, I likewise, upon the spot, ordered the officers to take a lad that had been also a drummer in a marching regiment, and go with him to make the proclamation. Nothing...
Sivu 173 - In the morning the weather was blasty and sleety, waxing more and more tempestuous till about mid-day, when the wind checked suddenly round from the nor-east to the sou-west, and blew a gale as if the prince of the powers of the air was doing his utmost to work mischief. The rain blattered, the windows clattered, the...
Sivu 64 - The execution of Jeanie was what all expected would happen ; but when the news reached the town of the other parts of the sentence, the wail was as the sough of a pestilence, and fain would the council have got it dispensed with. But the Lord Advocate was just wud at the crime, both because there had been no previous concealment, so as to have been an extenuation for the shame of the birth, and because Jeanie would neither divulge the name of the father, nor make answer to all the interrogatories...
Sivu 168 - M'Lucre, he takes occasion to observe: — "And now that he is dead and gone, and also all those whom I found conjunct with him, when I first came into power and office, I may venture to say, that things in yon former times were not guided so thoroughly by the hand of a disinterested integrity as in these latter years, On the contrary, it seemed to be the use and wont of men in public trusts, to think they were free to indemnify themselves, in a left-handed way, for the time and trouble they bestowed...
Sivu 12 - I'll no let ye rest if ye dinna mak me a bailie's wife or a' be done" I was not ill pleased to hear Mrs Pawkie so spiritful ; but I replied, " Dinna try to stretch your arm, gudewife, further than your sleeve will let you ; we maun ca' canny mony a day yet before we think of dignities.
Sivu 233 - The grammar school was at the time skayling, and the boys seeing the stramash, gathered round the officer, and yelling and shouting, encouraged Robin more and more into rebellion, till at last they worked up his corruption to such a pitch, that he took the drum from about his neck, and made it fly like a bombshell at the officer's head. The officers behaved very well, for they dragged Robin by the lug and the horn to the tolbooth, and then came with their complaint to me. Seeing how the authorities...
Sivu 234 - Robin, and this just act of mine was immediately condemned as a daring stretch of arbitrary power ; and the consequence was, that when the council met next day, some sharp words flew among us, as to my usurping an undue authority, and the thank I got for my pains was the mortification to see the worthless...
Sivu 169 - ... for I have lived long enough to remark that if we judge of past events by present motives, and do not try to enter into the spirit of the age when they took place, and to see them with the eyes with which they were really seen, we shall conceit many things to be of a bad and wicked character that were not thought so harshly of by those who witnessed them, nor even by those who, perhaps, suffered from them.10 Once more our judgments are disarmed.
Sivu 7 - It must be allowed in the world that a man who has thrice reached the highest station of life in his line has a good right to set forth the particulars of the discretion and prudence by which he lifted himself so far above the ordinaries of his day and generation. Indeed, the generality of mankind may claim this as a duty...

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