Excerpt: ...at Tommy, and how Tommy cried under the tawse and yet laughed ecstatically at the same time, and how subsequently he and Francie collected so many dues that the pockets of them stood out like brackets from their little persons. The dominie could not help grinning a little at his own discomfiture as he told this story, but Aaron saw ...
Excerpt: ...at Tommy, and how Tommy cried under the tawse and yet laughed ecstatically at the same time, and how subsequently he and Francie collected so many dues that the pockets of them stood out like brackets from their little persons. The dominie could not help grinning a little at his own discomfiture as he told this story, but Aaron saw nothing amusing in it. "As I telled you," he repeated, "I winna touch him, so if you're no content wi' what you've done yoursel', you had better put Francie's mither on him." "I hear she has taken him in hand already," Mr. Cathro replied dryly. "But, Aaron, I wish you would at least keep him closer to his lessons at night, for it is seldom he comes to the school well prepared." "I see him sitting lang ower his books," said Aaron. "Ay, maybe, but is he at them?" responded the dominie with a shake of the head that made Aaron say, with his first show of interest in the conversation, "You have little faith in his carrying a bursary, I see." But this Mr. Cathro would not admit, for if he thought Tommy a numskull the one day he often saw cause to change his mind the next, so he answered guardedly, "It's too soon to say, Aaron, for he has eighteen months' stuffing to undergo yet before we send him to Aberdeen to try his fortune, and I have filled some gey toom wimes in eighteen months. But you must lend me a hand." The weaver considered, and then replied stubbornly, "No, I give him his chance, but I'll have nocht to do wi' his use o't. And, dominie, I want you to say not another word to me about him atween this and examination time, for my mind's made up no to say a word to him. It's well kent that I'm no more fit to bring up bairns than to have them (dinna conter me, man, for the thing was proved lang syne at the Cuttle Well), and so till that time I'll let him gang his ain gait. But if he doesna carry a bursary, to the herding he goes. I've said it and I'll stick to it." So, as far as Aaron was concerned, Tommy was left in...
Frontispiece. Fair. No Jacket. Hard Back. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Cloth. Fair/No Jacket. Hard Back. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. The hard cover has light wear and fade spots. The pages has light yellowing..
Fair. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Brown cloth covered boards show some rubbing and wear, especially at edges, corners and spine ends. Pages separating between 2nd loose endpage and illustration page with webbing showing although pages are still bound. Foxing to pages. Small pencil notation on first loose endpage. Text appears clean and very good. Gold illustration on front cover and spine lettering.
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