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Sir Gibbie   By: (1824-1905)

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Note from electronic text creator: I have compiled a word list with definitions of most of the Scottish words found in this work at the end of the book. This list does not belong to the original work, but is designed to help with the conversations in Broad Scots found in this work. A further explanation of this list can be found towards the end of this document, preceding the word list.

There are three footnotes in this book which have been renumbered and placed at the end of the work.

Any notes that I have made within the text (e.g. relating to Greek words in the text) have been enclosed in {} brackets.

SIR GIBBIE.

BY

GEORGE MACDONALD, LL.D.

CONTENTS

I. THE EARRING. II. SIR GEORGE. III. MISTRESS CROALE. IV. THE PARLOUR. V. GIBBIE'S CALLING. VI. A SUNDAY AT HOME. VII. THE TOWN SPARROW. VIII. SAMBO. IX. ADRIFT. X. THE BARN. XI. JANET. XII. GLASHGAR. XIII. THE CEILING. XIV. HORNIE. XV. DONAL GRANT. XVI. APPRENTICESHIP. XVII. SECRET SERVICE. XVIII. THE BROONIE. XIX. THE LAIRD. XX. THE AMBUSH. XXI. THE PUNISHMENT. XXII. REFUGE. XXIII. MORE SCHOOLING. XXIV. THE SLATE. XXV. RUMOURS. XXVI. THE GAMEKEEPER XXVII. A VOICE. XXVIII. THE WISDOM OF THE WISE. XXIX. THE BEAST BOY. XXX. THE LORRIE MEADOW. XXXI. THEIR REWARD. XXXII. PROLOGUE. XXXIII. THE MAINS. XXXIV. GLASHRUACH. XXXV. THE WHELP. XXXVI. THE BRANDER. XXXVII. MR. SCLATER. XXXVIII. THE MUCKLE HOOSE. XXXIX. DAUR STREET. XL. MRS. SCLATER. XLI. INITIATION. XLII. DONAL'S LODGING. XLIII. THE MINISTER'S DEFEAT. XLIV. THE SINNER. XLV. SHOALS AHEAD. XLVI. THE GIRLS. XLVII. A LESSON OF WISDOM. XLVIII. NEEDFULL ODDS AND ENDS. XLIX. THE HOUSELESS. L. A WALK. LI. THE NORTH CHURCH. LII. THE QUARRY. LIII. A NIGHT WATCH. LIV. OF AGE. LV. TEN AULD HOOSE O' GALBRAITH. LVI. THE LAIRD AND THE PREACHER. LVII. A HIDING PLACE FROM THE WIND. LVIII. THE CONFESSION. LIX. CATASTROPHE. LX. ARRANGEMENT AND PREPARATION. LXI. THE WEDDING. LXII. THE BURN.

CHAPTER I.

THE EARRING.

"Come oot o' the gutter, ye nickum!" cried, in harsh, half masculine voice, a woman standing on the curbstone of a short, narrow, dirty lane, at right angles to an important thoroughfare, itself none of the widest or cleanest. She was dressed in dark petticoat and print wrapper. One of her shoes was down at the heel, and discovered a great hole in her stocking. Had her black hair been brushed and displayed, it would have revealed a thready glitter of grey, but all that was now visible of it was only two or three untidy tresses that dropped from under a cap of black net and green ribbons, which looked as if she had slept in it. Her face must have been handsome when it was young and fresh; but was now beginning to look tattooed, though whether the colour was from without or from within, it would have been hard to determine. Her black eyes looked resolute, almost fierce, above her straight, well formed nose. Yet evidently circumstance clave fast to her. She had never risen above it, and was now plainly subjected to it.

About thirty yards from her, on the farther side of the main street, and just opposite the mouth of the lane, a child, apparently about six, but in reality about eight, was down on his knees raking with both hands in the grey dirt of the kennel. At the woman's cry he lifted his head, ceased his search, raised himself, but without getting up, and looked at her. They were notable eyes out of which he looked of such a deep blue were they, and having such long lashes; but more notable far from their expression, the nature of which, although a certain witchery of confidence was at once discoverable, was not to be determined without the help of the whole face, whose diffused meaning seemed in them to deepen almost to speech... Continue reading book >>




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