The Scotchman turned round, and peered at him from under his bushy eyebrows, saying in a strong north country accent: "Gin ye think so, suppose we ride and tie?"
"A pretty story indeed!" quoth Gilbert--"I keep a horse for myself, and not for you."
And as he uttered this ungracious answer, he urged on his nag, and soon left the old Scotchman in the lurch.
Scarcely had Gilbert reached the market town, and put up his horse at an inn, when who should he behold strolling leisurely amongst the market folks, but the same old shepherd he had left so far behind.
"Somebody must have given you a lift, Sandy," observed he.
"Oh," replied the shepherd, "when I asked for a lift, it was only to see if you were obliging or not--it was all the same to me--for though you must buy your horses, I can gather mine whenever I choose."
These words sounded so odd to Gilbert that he begged the stranger to explain his me