Guy Mannering

Guy Mannering
or, The Astrologer

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Guy Mannering by Walter Scott

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The story of Henry Bertram, son of the Laird of Ellangowan, is kidnapped at the age of five by smugglers, soon after witnessing the murder of a customs officer. It follows the fortunes and adventures of Henry and his family in the subsequent years, and the struggle over the inheritance of Ellangowan. The novel vividly depicts the lawlessness which existed at the time, when smugglers operated along the coast and thieves frequented the country roads. With Introductory Essay and Notes by Andrew Lang.

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the Prince of Darkness.

As the fated and influential hour rolled on, the terrors of the hateful Presence grew more confounding to the mortal senses of the victim, and the knot of the accursed sophistry became more inextricable in appearance, at least to the prey whom its meshes surrounded. He had not power to explain the assurance of pardon which he continued to assert, or to name the victorious name in which he trusted. But his faith did not abandon him, though he lacked for a time the power of expressing it. 'Say what you will,' was his answer to the Tempter; 'I know there is as much betwixt the two boards of this Book as can ensure me forgiveness for my transgressions and safety for my soul.' As he spoke, the clock, which announced the lapse of the fatal hour, was heard to strike. The speech and intellectual powers of the youth were instantly and fully restored; he burst forth into prayer, and expressed in the most glowing terms his reliance on the truth and on the Author of the Gospel. The Demon re

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