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  1. says:

    Waverly, or tis Sixty Years Since can be an infuriating book Even those accustomed to the leisurely movement of 19th century prose will find its style not only wordy but also occasionally infelicitous, its plot not only meandering but also digressive It takes at least a quarter of the book perhaps a third to get the plot going, and I must admit that one comic character in particular the Baron Bradwardine, who continually spouts Latin tags, lecturing all and sundry on the minutiae of family history and heraldry was almost enough, all by his aristocratic self, to make me abandon the book.And yet when we get to the Highlands, things start to open up The scenery and tableaux vivants from Donald Bean Lean lurking in his robber cavern, to the bonny Flora MacIvor harping and singing on a height near a highland waterfall are thrillingly gothic, delightfully romantic yet, as our young hero Edward Waverly a bit of a Quixote encounters the people of this magnificent landscape, the reader discovers as Waverly also discovers that even the best of them are deeply affected by politics, and that most of them are incapable of making a decision without considerable political calculation.It is this political consciousness that makes Waverly and all the Scott novels that came after a unique contribution to the development of the form He is commonly considered the first historical novelist because unlike Mrs Radcliffe, Monk Lewis and others he uses the past for than exotic locales, and establishes his narratives firmly in time, with characters who exhibit contemporary manners and participate in historical events All of this is true, although I think it could be argued that a few earlier novels Clara Reeve s The Old English Barron, Godwin s St Leon, and, most particularly, Edgeworth s Castle Rackrent set eighteen years since, before Ireland s Constitution of 1782 make good attempts in this direction But it is Scott s profound understanding of politics particularly Scottish politics and his precise delineation of how those politics often inform and sometimes determine even the simplest actions, that enabled him to combine a lawyer s realism with a poet s love of atmosphere, creating from their union a distinctly new kind of novel.


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    Please don t read Scott There are too many books and life s too short Even Feni Cooper is better, and Feni Cooper is fall down terribly terrible Garbage like this is what destroys a newcomer s interest in reading true classics like Austen and Dickens, Melville and Tolstoy I don t care if you re a casual reader or a bibliophile or a PhD or you re trapped on a desert island with only this one book Burn it for warmth Scotty Boy s long overdue for decanonization.


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    Wily Walter may have been engaged on his first prose narrative, but he knew what he was doing I must remind my reader of the progress of a stone rolled down a hill by an idle truant boy a pastime at which I was myself expert in my juvenile years it moveth at first slowly, avoiding, by inflection, every obstacle of the least importance but when it has attained its full impulse, and draws near the conclusion of its career, it smokes and thunders down, taking a rood at every spring, clearing hedge and ditch like a Yorkshire huntsman, and becoming most furiously rapid in its course when it is nearest to being consigned to rest for ever Even such is the course of a narrative, like that which you are perusing the earlier events are studiously dwelt upon, that you, kind reader, may be introduced to the character rather by narrative, than by the duller medium of direct description but when the story draws near its close, we hurry over the circumstances, however important, which your imagination must have forestalled, and leave you to suppose those things, which it would be abusing your patience to narrate at length page 331 Indeed, in the second and third volumes the narrative does smoke and thunder Once Waverley is in Scotland and in the midst of the action, the pace picks up, and when in the final volume there is the added interest of the ladies and whether Waverley will at last realise which lady holds his best interests at heart, and all the intrigue is at last uncovered, and the rebels must be punished or pardoned, well, then it takes on a spanking pace that hardly allows you to draw breath The contrast is made all the greater by the slow, slow drag of those infamous first seven chapters I m not the first to bemoan their dullness, and I daresay I won t be the last.Nor is it particularly original of me to point out that this is considered the prototype of the historical novel, especially in the use of a middling character as the main protagonist, one who could enter both the higher echelons of society and yet still be at home with the ordinary foot soldier Scott claims in his preface of 1829 that the story was put together with so little care that I cannot boast of having sketched any distinct plan of the work , but that claim must surely be disingenuous, as this middling character, Waverley, is involved in what can only have been seen by his sovereign as a treasonous uprising, but is exculpated and pardoned as he was duped and tricked into joining the rebels in a plot that is carefully laid down and swiftly, nay even perfunctorily explained in the last few chapters.So with this carping how come I still give it four stars Well, for one thing I find the portrayal of that period fascinating, to gain a glimpse of those Highland clans and their quite different culture It must be remembered that the Highlands of Scotland really were remote in the middle of the 18th century, their loyalties were based on the structure of the clan, it was in no sense a modern society In fact that was an interesting aspect in our time we tend to think only in terms of ideology when taking sides in any kind of political conflict, but here the idea of personal fealty is still the strongest factor, homage given in return for favour expected And the attitude to the ladies also shows up the demarcation between an archaic and a modern society Waverley s friend Vich Ian Vohr thinks nothing of deciding for his sister who she is to marry, since he is her legal guardian, whereas Waverley cannot consider taking a wife who does not give her hand freely.A tough read, but rewarding for those interested in British history or the development of the historical novel.


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    twas a bit o troubleI like classics I am not afraid of a little bit of antiquated language I enjoy a challenge However reading dialogue in archaic Scottish brogue, liberally seasoned with Latin and French quotes, without translations, well it twas a wee bit much if you kin me meaning.Then there his Waverly lad, he is also a wee bit much A proud Englishman, who has a couple of brews with the local lads while in Scotland, reads some poetry, falls for a pretty yet serious Scottish lass, then takes up arms against the English Well, tis a known fact, Scottish ale being superior to English stout So, it s not like he didn t have a good reason for his actions, not to mention the lass having long luxurious black hair and green eyes and all that So anyways, the war progresses and things once again turn out badly for the Scots and our friend Waverly starts thinking that being a Brit again might be a fine thing I mean fighting manly with your mates is a good and noble thing, but then a proper uniform, a privileged family, a nice castle, these things deserve consideration as well Not to mention the needs of young domestic, native, blond, blue eyed girls awaiting the attention of suitably fine handsome young gentlemen, processing castles Anyway, all is forgiven he gets married he has kids they all have blue eyes , hires ground keepers mostly, Scots , leaving the poor reader to wonder so what was he fighting for


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    Much like Ivanhoe in Ivanhoe, the Waverley of Waverley isn t the true hero of this story And, much like Ivanhoe did with the Crusades, this paints a picture of what life was like for the lesser knowns, the less influential but no less heroic or passionate of a failed cause In this case it s the Jacobite Rebellion, and the Battle of Culloden We don t actually see the battle, not really, because our narrator, our stand in, is injured and ill and taken away from the scene But through him we encounter major and minor players, everyone from the would be king to his supporters and his detractors Simple farm folk who don t know what s going on, servants who only support a cause because their master does It s a deceptively simple slice of life, during a time when life was rather thrilling and tragic.


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    From the books of this great writer I had read so far only Ivanhoe at a young age in a Greek edition made for children These two elements obviously made me unable to appreciate him as I should, but now that at a mature age I decided to read , aspiring to read all the Waverley novels, finishing the first of them I think I can to understand why these books have such a place in the history of literature and why their writer is considered so important Apart from this academic recognition, however, which may not be so important, I can say it is a book I really enjoyed.The author is taking us to Scotland of 1745, just before the outbreak of the Jacobite uprising of that year There, a young English gentleman, a little frivolous and very romantic, visits the area to reach in the end to the Highlands, where he is admiring the wild natural landscape, meet the proud inhabitants, sinks into the region s rich culture and falls in love With him the reader follows this road and with the very beautiful descriptions given to him by the writer s pen, it is very difficult not to fall in love with this enchanting place where brave warriors roam and beautiful women singing touching lyrics from the long tradition of the region.But this is the backdrop for the political upheaval that existed in Britain and was about the struggle for which family was entitled to sit on the throne The exiled successor arrives in Scotland, his supporters are preparing to rise and our hero witnesses these preparations All the beautiful things I described and the fact that his family are supporters of the exiled Stuart dynasty makes him friendly to this cause and so he starts his biggest adventures and drifts into the river of history The writer, through the look of our hero, shows us a part of these events, with fascinating descriptions and is deepening in the feelings of the protagonists and the purposes they served Finally, we understand the consequences of the rebellion, both in Scotland and the Highlands, as well as in our hero.That s how the author ends his story, without putting his name, creating what is considered the first historical novel The last claim I do not know if it is true but certainly this book is a model for the genre, having all these elements that make up an important historical novel as we know it There is the story of the old, the existence of real and imaginary characters involved in important events, the thorough investigation of the conditions of the time manifested by the reporting of many details and in general a combination of a fictional story with the historical truth that makes us not only to know the story but also to somehow live it All this is done by the author in the best possible way by creating a masterpiece and I can do nothing but to put the top rate and to bow on this wonderful ability of the writer , , , , Waverley, , , , 1745, , , Highlands, , , , , Highlands, , , , , , .


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    I m torn I loved some parts of this book, and really strongly disliked others I think it s a nice book if you really really, really love your classics It s a lovely story, but it could have been a lot shorter, which would have possibly made it better I m probably stepping on a view toes here, but this is one classic you can definitely skip without feeling bad Still decided to give 3 start, because Scott s writing is amazing It was so good, that it constantly kept me wondering what would happen next, unfortunately, I kept thinking that until the very last page, with nothing really happening in the end edit I am rereading this soon I want to give it another shot because I can t stop thinking about it


  8. says:

    Edward Waverly is an utter drip That is all.


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    From the get go I wasn t a fan of the titular character I found him to be quite insufferable and Scott to be a bit of a git when it comes to narration He loves to hear himself talk or narrate, as it were and it it painfully obvious that this is so The novel seemed to drag on and on, with such a seemingly abrupt neat and tidy ending that it s almost out of left field It may be one of the earliest Buildung roman and historical novels, but I don t fancy I shall ever be able to hear the word Waverley and not compulsively cringe.


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    This year I set myself the task of reading all Sir Walter s Scottish novels It was hard going at times, but worth it Here s the start of my essay on them Was it a recognition that Waverley speaks ultimately for peace and stability, for social and political cohesion and harmony, that made the Waverley novels so popular, or was it after all the other Scott, the Scott who speaks in the lofty tones of the heroic Evan Dhu rebuking the prudential Saxons, the romantically subversive and revolutionary Scott, who in the end called forth an irresistible response What was it that made Scott the most important writer of his day, the appeal to the romantic in his readers, or the essential stability of his message Scott s invention of the historical novel I would like to start by looking at Scott s invention of the historical novel which is now such an important part of every bookshop s income The main form of novel set in history at the time was the Gothic novel, generally agreed to have started with Horace Walpole s The Castle of Otranto 1764 , subtitled A Gothic Story in its second edition It was followed by novels by Clara Reeve in the 1770s, which tried to mix the sensational elements with 18th century realism In the 1790s, popular novels included The Mysteries of Udolpho 1794 , by Mrs Radcliffe She combined the supernatural element with explanations Lewis s The Monk 1796 was moving towards pastiche, and Jane Austen satirised the genre in her early novel, Northanger Abbey 1798 9, published 1817 Whether explained away or not, the key elements of Gothic novels were suspense mingled with the supernatural The characters were black and white villains or innocent heroines, the plots involved medieval castles, murders, dark stairs and gloomy housekeepers, and were often set abroad, with Italy being a favourite.Scott also set his novels abroad , as Scotland was then unknown to many English readers The Lakes had become a romantic success, following the poetry of Wordsworth and his friends Lyrical Ballads was published in 1798 , but the Scottish Highlands were still untravelled country, and his readers main aquaintance with them would be through the works of Pennant A Journey in Scotland, 1769 and Boswell The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnston 1785 Of particular interest in the context of Waverley is Boswell s interviews with those involved in helping the escape of the grandson of King James II after Culloden The Pirate s setting of Orkney and Shetland is even further removed, being foreign territory to most Scots of Scott s day Scott visited it with the Lighthouse Stevenson brothers.Instead of returning to the medieval past often used in Gothic romances despite the Gothic sounding titles, The Monastry and The Abbot are set in the early and mid sixteenth century of the sixteen Scottish novels, only The Fair Maid of Perth and Castle Dangerous could be called medieval , Scott chose, in his Scottish novels, to write about recent history, using the stories he had heard his father s tales of the Covenanters, his grandfather s stories of the 45, and his own researches Speaking as Mr Pattieson, the teacher who patronises Jedediah Cleisbotham s inn, he goes into details of his method in the opening to Old Mortality On the part of the Presbyterians, I have consulted such moorland farmers from the western districts, as have been able to retain possession of the grazings on which their grandsires fed their flocks and herds I have called in the supplementary aid of those modest itinerants we have learned to call packmen or pedlars I have been enabled to qualify the narratives of Old Mortality and his Cameronian friends, by the reports of than one descendant of ancient and honorable families, who look proudly back on the period when their ancestors fought and fell in behalf of the exiled house of Stewart than one non juring bishop have deigned to furnish me with information corrective of the facts which I learned from others A comparison here could be with Daniel Defore s Journal of the Plague Year 1722 Unlike Moll Flanders 1722 and Roxana 1724 , which were ostensibly autobiographical, but accepted as fiction, or Robinson Crusoe 1719 and Colonel Jack 1722 , which were fictionalized lives of real people, The Journal of the Plague Year was published as non fiction, and accepted as such by its readers Purporting to be written in 1665, but actually written almost sixty years later unless it genuinely was a re working of the journals of Defoe s uncle, Henry Foe, under whose initials it was originally published it has to be taken as a fictional work In 1665, Defoe was five years old Like Scott, he has used memoirs, memories and contemporary documents to create his own version of a historical event Waverley began as Tis Fifty Years Since, meaning that people present at the events mentioned would be at least in their seventies as were Defoe s plague memory informants , and few would be alive by 1814, the time of publication the Covenanting events of Old Mortality begin in 1679, so stories would have come from five generations earlier This does not mean the incidents passed down in this way are completely false the plague, the Covenanter rebellion, the 45, were stirring events which impressed themselves on those who were involved Studies have shown how well memories can pass down an illiterate people, and the memories may well have been supported by written evidence Scott was always interested in history, and would have been listening to stories as a child, when Culloden was only thirty years distant I mention the distance in time, however, to remind myself that Scott was writing novels, however much they were rooted in his historical researches For our own generation, the sources for Waverley are equivalent to re working handed down stories of World War II, with the handicap of not being able to consult contemporary film and news reels newspapers would have been available to Scott , or, for Old Mortality and A Legend of Montrose, stories of the Boer War Of the two, Waverley has a particular interest to the historically minded, given that Scott spoke directly to first hand witnesses Redgauntlet takes place some years later, and The Antiquary is recent again Scott refers to his own memories in the notes to the alarm of Napoleonic invasion Most of Scott s novels end with detailed notes on the real source of an incident for example, in Waverley, Flora is hit with a musket ball during the triumphant entry of the Prince into Edinburgh She exclaims, thank God with me that the accident happened to Flora MacIvor for had it befallen a Whig, they would have pretended that the shot was fired on purpose p 358 This actually happened to Miss Nairne, a lady known to the author , who is quoted as having said the less lofty Thank God that the accident happened to me, whose principles are known Had it befallen a Whig they would have said it was done on purpose Note Y, p508 Similarly, there are footnotes on Queen Mary s escape from Loch Leven and final confrontation with Moray in The Abbot In later novels, the quotations which head the chapters are not necessarily genuine The Antiquary, for example, or the Old Play headings of The Monastry, which seem far too apposite to be probable , and several novels, for example Rob Roy, include deliberate anachronisms, pointed out by the author in a footnote.A Legend of Montrose is a good example of how far Scott is willing to play with history It takes as its base the incident of Drummond s head, and the slaying of Kilpont by Ardvoirlich However, having given us to believe in Kilpont s death, as in the original, Scott keeps him alive, and unlike the original Ardvorlich, who became a Covenanting soldier, Allan disappears, presumably murdered by the children of the mist The two separate tales are thus woven into one, linked by Campbell s missing child, Annot Lyle, giving a orderly whole Similarly, in Castle Dangerous, Sir John de Walton is kept alive in spite of the historical source quoted at the start of the novel , to marry the Lady Augusta In the English novels, far from being a new bride, the doomed Amy Robsart Kenilworth had been married to Leicester for ten years at the time of her death.Writing in a time which was recent and known to his readers was as interesting to them as, for example, Monica Ali s account in Brick Lane of the bombing of the World Trade Centre is to us Scott s account would be compared to the reader s own memories or family tales The setting was attractively remote, yet with a personal connection It s also evident in Waverley how Scott wishes to focus on the hero s journey, rather than write a historical account of the 45 campaign for example he says, It is not necessary to record in these pages the triumphant entrance of the Chevalier into Edinburgh after the decisive affair at Preston p358 He then recounts the musket ball incident Similarly, only the results of the campaign after Waverley has left it are given Scott expected his readers to know the general shape of the rebellion In Old Mortality, The Black Dwarf set just after the Union of the Crowns in 1707 , Rob Roy 1715 and The Heart of Midlothian which opens with the Porteous Riots he does not expect this knowledge, and so goes into the political situation and events of the time, but the 15, for example is covered in Rob Roy only by a recital of events affecting the hero and his family, and he assumes reasonable reader knowledge of the story of Mary, Queen of Scots in The Abbot the death of Darnley, her first husband, the subsequent marriage with Bothwell, and her defeat at Carberry by her half brother, Moray.Scott s realism compared to the Gothic novel, in plot and character The Bride of Lammermoor and St Ronan s Well Scott s novels are as full of incident as any Gothic novel, and reality is at times stretched for a good story the prolonged villainy of Donald Bean Lean which leads to the hero joining the rebels in Waverley, the kidnapping and return of Harry Bertram in Guy Mannering, the quite ridiculous plot against Eveline Neville in The Antiquary, the way nobody recognises Henry Morton when he returns at the end of Old Mortality or, given the regularity with which this is used as a plot device, was it easier to forget a face in those pre photograph days , the excessive malevolence of Dwining, Ramorny s apothecary in The Fair Maid of Perth, and Rashleigh Osbaldistone in Rob Roy, the mysterious behaviour of Green Mantle in Redgauntle and, particularly, the interaction between humans and supernatural beings in Scott s least well received Scottish novel, The Monastry With the exception of this last, and of Scott s first Scottish tragedy, The Bride of Lammermoor, while there is often a supernatural frisson evoked by a night time scene for example when Jeanie Deans meets with her sister s lover at night The Heart of Midlothian, Chapter XV the main use of the supernatural is through his gipsy women, Meg Merrilees Guy Mannering and, particularly, the Shetland wise woman Norna The Pirate , who seems able to command the elements Here, however, the level headed hero, Mordaunt Mertoun, argues that she reads the weather signs, reacts to them, and then persuades herself she has caused the storm, and by the end of the novel she has become a normal woman Margaret Graeme The Abbot is also of this type Fergus and Flora MacIvor Waverley and some other Highlanders, have an element of the sight about them, particularly Allan A Legend of Montrose , who forsees the death of Montrose, and his own attack on Monteith p 60, p 67 , but in general the characters who seem to have extra knowledge, like Edie the King s Bedesman The Antiquary , Elshie The Black Dwarf , Rob Roy McGregor, Margaret Graeme s hits regarding her grandson Roland s future, or Meg Merrilees knowledge of Harry Bertram, have aquired it through natural means Generally, Scott s narratives are plausible, with a bit of helpful leeway from being set in the past He himself said in a comment on Jane Austen that he could do the big bow wow strain the rollicking adventures, the chases by foot, on horse, in carriage, the battles, a breathless movement which keeps you reading His large canvas goes from cottager to prince, and in novels like Waverley, Old Mortality, Rob Roy, The Fair Maid of Perth, The Abbot, A Legend of Montrose and Redgauntlet, the sovereignty of Scotland is at stake His characters play for national issues, in contrast to the Gothic novel s individual issues, and the tension is not lessened for the reader by knowledge of the broad outcome of Mary s escape to England, Montrose s campaign, Culloden or the declining fortunes of the Bonny Prince, because there are still the fates of the individual characters to be worked out against them indeed, our anxiety is heightened by our awareness of the real tragic end.Scott s characters too are very far from the monochrome characters of the classic Gothic tales Some, to be sure, are reminiscent of the Gothic the malignant apothecary, Dwining The Fair Maid of Perth , and the equally malicious Rashleigh Osbaldistone, who is the determined to do Frank down because he has done him a favour the obsessed Redgauntlet, the melancholy Earl of Glenallan in his mouldering grandeur The Antiquary , the smuggler Dick Hatterick Guy Mannering , the dwarf Elshie The Black Dwarf , Allan McAulay s visions, even the determined Covenanter John Balfour of Burley Old Mortality and the pantomime pedant Tullibardine Waverley Some of his women are rather sketchily drawn for example, Mary Avenel of The Monastry, whose love of Halbert is only shared with the reader almost at the end of the book, or Annot Lyle of A Legend of Montrose Most, however, are exaggerated versions of people we can believe in Jeanie Deans sister Effie The Heart of Midlothian , for example, grew up a lively young girl in a strict household, and fell for a glamorous aristocrat who had taken to robbery When she was sentenced for child murder, her sister walked to London to plead to the Queen, but on her release, back with her simple family, Effie quickly became bored of the rural life, and ran back to her lover and what could be natural, in the character Scott has drawn Jeanie herself is equally a product of her environment, the sturdy, barely literate Cameronian s daughter who does her best to do the right thing as her simple creed understands it Dominie Sampson Guy Mannering , with his cry of Prodigious , is a simpler version of Baron Tullibardine we believe his erudition, but aren t bored by constant Latin, and his recognition of Harry Bertram is one of the moving moments of the book Dugald Dalgetty, the dogged, pragmatic soldier of fortune, is the anti hero who holds A Legend of Montrose together.Scott s first Scottish tragedy, The Bride of Lammermoor, is the novel nearest to the Gothic mode We have a dark, vengeful hero whose father has been ruined by a lawyer s cleverness, and a simple, gentle heroine whose sanity has been undermined by her malevolent mother in league with an actual witch, Dame Gourlay, who was tried, condemned and burned on the top of Berwick Law p 300 There is the ruined castle of Wolf s Crag, where Lucy and her father spend the night There are the dire warnings of Old Alice that their love is fated p 190 5 , the witch s prophecy at Lucy s wedding that her winding sheet is up as high as her throat already p 319 and the family curse p178 which is fulfilled with Ravenswood s eventual disappearance There is the spectre of Old Alice at the well p236 , and the portrait that appears at the wedding p 322 However, even among this high drama, Scott insists on the reality of the tale, among the Dalrymples of Stair in the 1660s, with an introduction detailing his sources at length, and even in this esentially domestic drama there is still a political dimension, with Ruthven s relative, the Marquis of A______ in the ascendent in the new government, Sir William Ashton descending, and Craigengelt and Bucklaw Jacobites, and the place jostling is mirrored in the low characters, the Cooper family p142ff and the villagers In a strict tragic sense, Ravenswood s flaw is his pride he feels he has set aside his own honour for Lucy, and lets that rule him in the betrothal confrontation with her mother Chapter XXXIII However there is reality in their characters, as they come to know each other The lovers soon discovered that they differed on other and no less important topics Religion Lucy felt a secret awe of Ravenswood His soul was of a higher, prouder character Ravenswood saw in Lucy a soft and flexible character, which seemed too susceptible of being moulded to any form by those with whom she lived p206 7 The gloom of The Bride of Lammermoor is also relieved by one of Scott s finest comic characters, Caleb Balderstone, Ravenswood s only remaining retainer, whose desperation to uphold the family honour in worldly things is a comic mirror of Ravenswood s dark broodings.St Ronan s Well, Scott s other Scottish tragedy, written five years later, also has echoes of the Gothic It s his most modern novel, set in the early nineteenth century, and the surprising thing about it, given that most of the novel is taken up by the various comic characters who have gathered around the watering spa, is that it is a tragedy at all, when it would have been easy to have let Clara live, recover, and be happy As in The Bride of Lammermoor, we have the half mad heroine there is a surprising amount of duelling for so late set a work we have half brothers who resemble each other so much that one takes the other s place at his wedding not even twilight and the bride s sensibilities will excuse her not noticing we have a dastardly plot against the rightful heir we have the strange will enjoining an unusual marriage The twinning of low and high is evident here too Touchwood is a distortion of Etherington s plotting against Clara, and the novel concludes that He often talks of his disappointments, but can never be made to understand, or at least to admit, that they were in some measure precipitated by his own talent for intrigue and manoeuvring Etherington himself, in his letters to his friend, is a direct descendent of Richardson s Lovelace Clarissa.The romantic nature of Scott s novels scenery and emotions However, to my question was it the romantic elements of his tales that made Scott the runaway best seller of his day, or the essential stability underlying his nostalgia for the days of high romance Let me start by asking what Scott and his readers understood by romantic For a start, the Lakes poets wrote about the beauty of unspoiled nature, and Scott mentions this in The Monastry, when he is describing Glendearg, that in the days of which he is writing, the people had not learned to consider this scenery romantic His descriptions of the Scottish scenery emphasise this, making the countryside almost take part in the events the road now suddenly emerged from the forset ground, and, winding close by the margin of the loch, afforded us a full view of its spacious mirror, which now, the breeze having totally subsided, reflected in its still magnificence the high dark heathy mountains, huge grey rocks, and shaggy banks, by which it is encircled The hills now sunk on its margin so closely, and were so broken and precipitous, as to afford no passage except just upon the narrow line of the track which we occupied, and which was overhung


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Waverley or 'Tis Sixty Years Since download Waverley or 'Tis Sixty Years Since, read online Waverley or 'Tis Sixty Years Since, kindle ebook Waverley or 'Tis Sixty Years Since, Waverley or 'Tis Sixty Years Since 891ae672ff5d Waverley Is Set During The Jacobite Rebellion Of , Which Sought To Restore The Stuart Dynasty In The Person Of Charles Edward Stuart Or Bonnie Prince Charlie It Relates The Story Of A Young Dreamer And English Soldier, Edward Waverley, Who Was Sent To Scotland In He Journeys North From His Aristocratic Family Home, Waverley Honour, In The South Of England Alleged In An English Heritage Notice To Refer To Waverley Abbey In Surrey First To The Scottish Lowlands And The Home Of Family Friend Baron Bradwardine, Then Into The Highlands And The Heart Of The Jacobite Uprising And Aftermath