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1887. Excerpt: ... THE MOOES. PROLOGUE. Once we knew the Highlands
absolutely too well--not a nook that was not as familiar to us as
our brown study. We had not to complain of the lochs, glens, woods,
and mountains alone, for having so fastened themselves upon us on a
great scale that we found it impossible to shake them off; but the
hardship in our case was, that all the subordinate parts of the
scenery, many of them dull and dreary enough, and some of them
intolerably tedious, had taken it upon themselves so to thrust
their intimacy upon us, in all winds and weathers, that without
giving them the cut direct there was no way of escaping from the
burden of their friendship. To courteous and humane Christians,
such as we have always been both by name and nature as far back as
we can recollect, it is painful to cut even an impudent stone, or
an upsetting tree that may cross our path uncalled for, or obtrude
itself on our privacy when we wish to be alone in our meditations.
Yet, we confess, they used sometimes sorely to try our temper. It
is all very well for you, our good sir, to say in excuse for them
that such objects are inanimate. So much the worse. Were they
animate, like yourself, they might be reasoned with on the
impropriety of interrupting the stream of any man's soliloquies.
But being not merely inanimate but irrational, objects of that
class know not to keep their own place, which indeed, it may be
said in reply, is kept for them by nature. But that Mistress of the
Ceremonies, though enjoying a fine green old age, cannot be
expected to be equally attentive to the proceedings of all the
objects under her control. Accordingly, often when she is not
looking, what more common than for a huge hulking fellow of a rock,
with an absurd tuft of trees on his head," who has o...
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