While younger Francis Osbaldistone discovers that his vicious and scheming cousin Rashleigh has designs either on his father's enterprise and his loved Diana Vernon, he turns in desperation to Rob Roy for aid. Chieftain of the MacGregor extended family, Rob Roy is a courageous and fearless guy, capable and crafty. yet he's additionally an outlaw with a value on his head, and as he and Francis subscribe to forces to pursue Rashleigh, he's consistently conscious that he, too, is being pursued—and may be captured at any second. Set at the eve of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion, Rob Roy brilliantly conjures up a Scotland at the verge of uprising, mixing ancient truth and a novelist's mind's eye to create an incomparable portrait of intrigue, competition and romance.
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His good points have been, certainly, abnormal, yet they have been certainly not vulgar; and his willing darkish eyes, and shaggy eyebrows, redeemed his face from the cost of usual ugliness. yet there has been in those eyes an expression of paintings and layout, and, on provocation, a ferocity tempered through warning, which nature had made visible to the main usual physiognomist, maybe with an identical purpose that she has given the rattle to the toxic snake. as though to compensate him for those dangers of external, Rashleigh Osbaldistone used to be possessed of a voice the main smooth, mellow, and wealthy in its tones that I ever heard, and used to be at no loss for language of each variety fitted to so wonderful an organ. His first sentence of welcome used to be not often ended, ere I internally agreed with omit Vernon, that my new kinsman might make an quick conquest of a mistress whose ears by myself have been to pass judgement on his reason. He used to be approximately to put himself beside me at dinner, yet omit Vernon, who, because the basically woman within the relatives, prepared all such issues in keeping with her personal excitement, contrived that I should still sit down betwixt Thorncliff and herself; and it could actually scarce be doubted that I favoured this enhanced association. "I are looking to communicate with you," she acknowledged, "and i've got put sincere Thornie betwixt Rashleigh and also you on goal. he'll be like— Feather-bed 'twixt citadel wall And heavy brunt of cannon ball, whereas I, your earliest acquaintance during this highbrow family members, ask of you the way you love us all? " "A very complete query, pass over Vernon, contemplating how twinkling of an eye i've been at Osbaldistone corridor. " "Oh, the philosophy of our family members lies at the surface—there are minute colours distinguishing the contributors, which require the attention of an clever observer; however the species, as naturalists i feel name it, will be wonderful and characterised instantly. " "My 5 elder cousins, then, are I presume of lovely approximately an identical personality. " "Yes, they shape a cheerful compound of sot, gamekeeper, bully, horse-jockey, and idiot; yet as they are saying there can't be came across leaves at the similar tree precisely alike, so those chuffed components, being mingled in slightly a variety of proportions in every one person, make an agreeable kind if you happen to wish to research personality. " "Give me a comic strip, when you please, leave out Vernon. " "You shall have all of them in a family-piece, at complete length—the favour is simply too simply granted to be refused. Percie, the son and inheritor, has extra of the sot than of the gamekeeper, bully, horse-jockey, or fool—My invaluable Thornie is extra of the bully than the sot, gamekeeper, jockey, or fool—John, who sleeps entire weeks among the hills, has many of the gamekeeper—The jockey is robust with Dickon, who rides 200 miles by means of day and evening to be acquired and bought at a horse-race—And the idiot predominates rather a lot over Wilfred's different features, that he might be termed a idiot optimistic. " "A goodly assortment, omit Vernon, and the person forms belong to a best species. yet is there no room at the canvas for Sir Hildebrand?