Lavengro

Lavengro
The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

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Lavengro by George Borrow

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1851

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The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

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A new edition containing the unaltered text of the original issue; some suppressed episodes, ms. variorum, vocabulary and notes by the author of The Life of George Borrow. (1911 edition)

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not very wealthy; they had a coat of arms, however, and lived on their own property at a place called Tredinnock, which being interpreted means the house on the hill, which house and the neighbouring acres had been from time immemorial in their possession. I mention these particulars that the reader may see at once that I am not altogether of low and plebeian origin; the present age is highly aristocratic, and I am convinced that the public will read my pages with more zest from being told that I am a gentillatre by birth with Cornish blood {1b} in my veins, of a family who lived on their own property at a place bearing a Celtic name, signifying the house on the hill, or more strictly the house on the hillock.

My father was what is generally termed a posthumous child--in other words, the gentillatre who begot him never had the satisfaction of invoking the blessing of the Father of All upon his head, having departed this life some months before the birth of his young

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