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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 Excerpt: ...nane, I tell ye; but she canna forgie hersel' for trustin' sae souple a wuddie, an' she dreeds tae confide e'en whar her heart believes noo. But, mind, Jo, she haed great luve aince, an' a great punishment. Lat me see her, lad." Jo stopped carding, and resting a hand on each knee, asked--" What d'ye say, mither 1" "I say lat me speak till her. I ken baith yer hairts, yer hairt and hers, Jo; an' I ken what it is that ails her. I'll put it richt atween ye." Jo put down the carding-combs and lighted his pipe. "Mither," he said, hoarsely, "ne'er think o' that agen. Maggie Scott kens ma hairt; leastwise, she oucht tae. Gin she'll no tak' me on ma ain suin', I'll no tak' her on the wooin' o' ony auld wife, mither or no mither. I'll no be made the jeer o' the parish! What way cud ye think it o' me?" And Jo got up and went out, and his mother moodily dropped her spinning, and sat silently for full five minutes. Then she resumed her wheel saying, "Gie ma lad the desire o' his hairt, if it be thy wull, 0 Lord! Thou knowest he desairves thy choice blessin'." When, half-an-hour afterwards, the old woman heard the lad's footsteps in the trance, she got up and met him, and putting her hands on his shoulders, said, " Ma son, in God's name see her aince agen, for my sake." The man said, "Weel, weel, mither." Next day Widow Forsyth, having the happiness of her son very much at her heart, and earnestly desiring to penetrate the future, resorted to one of the many superstitious practices, which then lingered in the district, and which are not now wholly extinct. She had just finished knitting a pair of stockings for Jo. In forming the first row of meshes or loops on the knitting-wires, the end of the w...
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