The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter

By Jane Porter

A romantic, suspenseful novel of Scotland's 14th-century heroes, Sir William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. First released in 1809 to awesome good fortune all through Europe, this new version captures the grandeur of the sooner variation, with Wyeth's excellent work reproduced from the unique canvases.

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What is no mystery is that Jasper wishes to remove his unsuspecting nephew “Ned” as an obstacle and rival. Whether he has succeeded in doing this by the end of the existing story provides that burning question we wait in perpetuity for someone to answer. The long-standing assumption that Dickens knew how the novel would end—and the vague suspicion that it is our own deficiency that we haven’t deduced his conclusion yet—emanates from two primary sources. First, there seems to be an unspoken fantasy that, because of Dickens’s great mastery and consistency as a storyteller, his novels emerged more or less complete from his head.

And some uncles, in large families, are even younger than their nephews. —Halloa, Jack! ” “Asks why not, on Pussy’s birthday, and no Happy Returns proposed! Pussy, Jack, and many of ’em! ” Laying an affectionate and laughing touch on the boy’s extended hand, as if it were at once his giddy head and his light heart, Mr. Jasper drinks the toast in silence. “Hip, hip, hip, and nine times nine, and one to finish with, and all that, understood. Hooray, hooray, hooray! And now, Jack, let’s have a little talk about Pussy.

Mr. Jasper is a dark man of some six-and-twenty, with thick, lustrous, well-arranged black hair and whisker. He looks older than he is, as dark men often do. His voice is deep and good, his face and figure are good, his manner is a little sombre. His room is a little sombre, and may have had its influence in forming his manner. It is mostly in shadow. Even when the sun shines brilliantly, it seldom touches the grand piano in the recess, or the folio music-books on the stand, or the bookshelves on the wall, or the unfinished picture of a blooming schoolgirl hanging over the chimneypiece; her flowing brown hair tied with a blue riband, and her beauty remarkable for a quite childish, almost babyish, touch of saucy discontent, comically conscious of itself.

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