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The Laird's Luck

and Other Fireside Tales

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Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 84,324 / 237 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 841
Added to site: 2004.07.18
mnybks.net#: 8840
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ir of state at the head of the table; but before doing so treated me to another surprise by muttering a Latin grace and crossing himself. Up to now I had taken it for granted he was a member of the Scottish Kirk. I glanced at the minister in some mystification; but he, good man, appeared to have fallen into a brown study, with his eyes fastened upon a dish of apples which adorned the centre of our promiscuously furnished board.

Of the furniture of our meal I can only say that poverty and decent appearance kept up a brave fight throughout. The table-cloth was ragged, but spotlessly clean; the silver-ware scanty and worn with high polishing. The plates and glasses displayed a noble range of patterns, but were for the most part chipped or cracked. Each knife had been worn to a point, and a few of them joggled in their handles. In a lull of the talk I caught myself idly counting the darns in my table-napkin. They were--if I remember--fourteen, and all exquisitely stitched. The dinner, on the other hand, would

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