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The Heart of Mid-Lothian

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Published: 1818
Language: English
Wordcount: 238,536 / 687 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.8
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,273
Added to site: 2006.10.25 15042

Around that stone heart which lies embedded in the high street of Edinburgh have beaten and throbbed countless other hearts. Sir Walter Scott brings before us a wondrous picture of that remarkable city and lets us into the atmosphere of the days of religious persecution and dauntless religious conviction. It is a pathetic and yet a brave story, and young people have always enjoyed it. With Introductory Essay and Notes by Andrew Lang.

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of them lamenting the lost child, which, to Madge's fancy, is now dead, now living in a dream. But the gloom that hangs about Muschat's Cairn, the ghastly vision of "crying up Ailie Muschat, and she and I will hae a grand bouking-washing, and bleach our claise in the beams of the bonny Lady Moon," have a terror beyond the German, and are unexcelled by Webster or by Ford. "But the moon, and the dew, and the night-wind, they are just like a caller kail-blade laid on my brow; and whiles I think the moon just shines on purpose to pleasure me, when naebody sees her but mysell." Scott did not deal much in the facile pathos of the death-bed, but that of Madge Wildfire has a grace of poetry, and her latest song is the sweetest and wildest of his lyrics, the most appropriate in its setting. When we think of the contrasts to her--the honest, dull good-nature of Dumbiedikes; the common-sense and humour of Mrs. Saddletree; the pragmatic pedantry of her husband; the Highland pride, courage, and absurdity of the Captain of



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