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Delightful tales written with humor

  • Oct 15, 2010
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There are several dozen short tales in this volume, written in what we might call a Scottish accent, with references to Scottish people and event and with Scottish words that we may not recognize and understand. But they add color to the narratives and do not affect our understanding of the stories, many of which seem to be written with a Single Malt Scottish tongue in cheek.

An example of the humor is the description of the occasions when the young Scotts meet the elves, "children of the deity of old," whose "visits to the earth were periods of joy and mirth to mankind, rather than of sorrow and apprehension.... when the sound of elfin minstrelsy charmed youths and maidens into love for their persons and pursuits; and more than one family of Corriewater have the fame of augmenting the numbers of the elfin chivalry."

The plots of the tales are similar to those of other cultures. In the first, a horse seller meets a stranger on the road while on his way to sell horses. The stranger offers to buy the horses and the two agree on a price. The buyer pays with ancient gold. The buyer request that the horse seller come again, which he does twice more. But then the seller asks to see the buyer's house. The buyer agrees, but warns him that it could be dangerous. The tale continues with what the seller finds at the buyer's house.

The second story is about a rather stupid man who receives a call from Heaven to dig up a stone that would give him the power to foretell the future. He did so, and the airy voice spoke the truth. He was able to tell people what would happen, and they began to call him Isaiah, after the biblical prophet. However, needless to say, since he was not a wise person, he was not careful in saying what he knew.

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33 supernatural tales revealing how the Scotch mind and character bear the impress of their natural surroundings.--This text refers to thePaperbackedition.
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ISBN-10: 0554374889
ISBN-13: 978-0554374888
Author: Anonymous
Publisher: BiblioLife

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