Sir Gibbie
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Sir Gibbie

By George MacDonald
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This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. MISTRESS CROALE. The house at which they met had yet not a little character remaining. Mistress Croale had come in for a derived worthiness, in the memory, yet lingering about the place, of a worthy aunt deceased, and always encouraged in herself a vague idea of obligation to live up to it. Hence she had made it a rule to supply drink only so long as her customers kept decent?that is, so long as they did not quarrel aloud, and put her in danger of a visit from the police; tell such tales as offended her modesty; utter oaths of any peculiarly atrocious quality; or defame the Sabbath Day, the Kirk, or the Bible. On these terms, and so long as they paid for what they had, they might get as drunk as they pleased, without the smallest offence to Mistress Croale. But if the least unquestionable infringement of her rules occurred, she would pounce upon the shameless one with sudden and sharp reproof. I doubt not that, so doing, she cherished a hope of recommending herself above, and making deposits in view of a coming balance-sheet. The result for this life so far was, that, by these claims to respectability, she had gathered a clientele of douce, well disposed drunkards, who rarely gave her any trouble so long as they were in the house, though sometimes she had reason to be anxious about the fate of individuals of them after they left it. Another peculiarity in her government was that she would rarely give drink to a woman. "Na, na," she would say, "what has a wuman to dee wi' strongdrink! Lat the men dee as they like, we canna help them" She made exception in behalf of her personal friends; and, for herself, was in the way of sipping?only sipping, privately, on account of her "trouble," she said?by which she meant some complaint, speaking of it as if it were general...

Table of Contents
  • SIR GIBBIE.
  • BY
  • GEORGE MACDONALD, LL.D.
  • CONTENTS
    • CHAPTER I.
    • THE EARRING.
    • CHAPTER II.
    • SIR GEORGE.
    • CHAPTER III.
    • MISTRESS CROALE.
    • CHAPTER IV.
    • THE PARLOUR.
    • CHAPTER V.
    • GIBBIE'S CALLING.
    • CHAPTER VI.
    • A SUNDAY AT HOME.
    • CHAPTER VII.
    • THE TOWN-SPARROW.
    • CHAPTER VIII.
    • SAMBO.
    • CHAPTER IX.
    • ADRIFT.
    • CHAPTER X.
    • THE BARN.
    • CHAPTER XI.
    • JANET.
    • CHAPTER XII.
    • GLASHGAR.
    • CHAPTER XIII.
    • THE CEILING.
    • CHAPTER XIV.
    • HORNIE.
    • CHAPTER XV.
    • DONAL GRANT.
    • CHAPTER XVI.
    • APPRENTICESHIP.
    • CHAPTER XVII.
    • SECRET SERVICE.
    • CHAPTER XVIII.
    • THE BROONIE.
    • CHAPTER XIX.
    • THE LAIRD.
    • CHAPTER XX.
    • THE AMBUSH.
    • CHAPTER XXI.
    • THE PUNISHMENT.
    • CHAPTER XXII.
    • REFUGE.
    • CHAPTER XXIII.
    • MORE SCHOOLING.
    • CHAPTER XXIV.
    • THE SLATE.
    • CHAPTER XXV.
    • RUMOURS.
    • CHAPTER XXVI.
    • THE GAMEKEEPER
    • CHAPTER XXVII.
    • A VOICE.
    • CHAPTER XXVIII.
    • THE WISDOM OF THE WISE.
    • CHAPTER XXIX.
    • THE BEAST-BOY.
    • CHAPTER XXX.
    • THE LORRIE MEADOW.
    • CHAPTER XXXI.
    • THEIR REWARD.
    • CHAPTER XXXII.
    • PROLOGUE.
    • CHAPTER XXXIII.
    • THE MAINS.
    • CHAPTER XXXIV.
    • GLASHRUACH.
    • CHAPTER XXXV.
    • THE WHELP.
    • CHAPTER XXXVI.
    • THE BRANDER.
    • CHAPTER XXXVII.
    • MR. SCLATER.
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII.
    • THE MUCKLE HOOSE.
    • CHAPTER XXXIX.
    • DAUR STREET.
    • CHAPTER XL
    • MRS. SCLATER.
    • CHAPTER XLI.
    • INITIATION.
    • CHAPTER XLII.
    • DONAL'S LODGING.
    • CHAPTER XLIII.
    • THE MINISTER'S DEFEAT.
    • CHAPTER XLIV.
    • THE SINNER.
    • CHAPTER XLV.
    • SHOALS AHEAD.
    • CHAPTER XLVI.
    • THE GIRLS.
    • CHAPTER XLVII.
    • A LESSON OF WISDOM.
    • CHAPTER XLVIII.
    • NEEDFULL ODDS AND ENDS.
    • CHAPTER XLIX.
    • THE HOUSELESS.
    • CHAPTER L
    • A WALK.
    • CHAPTER LI.
    • THE NORTH CHURCH.
    • CHAPTER LII.
    • THE QUARRY.
    • CHAPTER LIII.
    • A NIGHT-WATCH.
    • CHAPTER LIV.
    • OF AGE.
    • CHAPTER LV.
    • TEN AULD HOOSE O' GALBRAITH.
    • CHAPTER LVI.
    • THE LAIRD AND THE PREACHER.
    • CHAPTER LVII.
    • A HIDING-PLACE FROM THE WIND.
    • CHAPTER LVIII.
    • THE CONFESSION.
    • CHAPTER LIX.
    • CATASTROPHE.
    • CHAPTER LX.
    • ARRANGEMENT AND PREPARATION.
    • CHAPTER LXI.
    • THE WEDDING.
    • CHAPTER LXII.
    • THE BURN.
      • THE LAVEROCK. (lark)
      • FOOTNOTES:
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