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The Black Dwarf

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作者:WALTERSCOTT        

出版时间:2019-09-18        格式:[mobi] [azw3] [epub] [txt] [pdf]         

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  COLLECTED AND REPORTED BY JEDEDIAH CLEISHBOTHAM,SCHOOLMASTER AND PARISH-CLERK OF GANDERCLEUGH.
  As I may,without vanity,presume that the name and official description prefixed to this Proem will secure it,from the sedate and reflecting part of mankind,to whom only I would be understood to address myself, such attention as is due to the sedulous instructor of youth,and the careful performer of my Sabbath duties,I will forbear to hold up a candle to the daylight,or to point out to the judicious those recommendations of my labours which they must necessarily anticipate from the perusal of the title-page.Nevertheless,I am not unaware,that,as Envy always dogs Merit at the heels,there may be those who will whisper,that albeit my learning and good principles cannot(lauded be the heavens)be denied by any one,yet that my situation at Gandercleugh hath been more favourable to my acquisitions in learning than to the enlargement of my views of the ways and works of the present generation.To the which objection,if,peradventure,any such shall be started,my answer shall be threefold:
  First,Gandercleugh is,as it were,the central part——the navel(SI FAS SIT DICERE)of this our native realm of Scotland;so that men,from every corner thereof,when travelling on their concernments of business, either towards our metropolis of law,by which I mean Edinburgh,or towards our metropolis and mart of gain,whereby I insinuate Glasgow, are frequently led to make Gandercleugh their abiding stage and place of rest for the night.And it must be acknowledged by the most sceptical, that I,who have sat in the leathern armchair,on the left-hand side of the fire,in the common room of the Wallace Inn,winter and summer, for every evening in my life,during forty years bypast(the Christian Sabbaths only excepted),must have seen more of the manners and customs of various tribes and people,than if I had sought them out by my own painful travel and bodily labour.Even so doth the tollman at the well-frequented turn-pike on the Wellbraehead,sitting at his ease in his own dwelling,gather more receipt of custom,than if,moving forth upon the road,he were to require a contribution from each person whom he chanced to meet in his journey,when,according to the vulgar adage, he might possibly be greeted with more kicks than halfpence.

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