Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, British Fiction Series)
Mr. Ogilvy, the schoolmaster of Glen Quharity, had not seen Margaret Dishart for eighteen years until the day when he stood in the crowd that had gathered to welcome Gavin Dishart, the new minister of Auld Licht parish in Thrums. When the dominie saw Margaret again, he knew that all of her happiness lay in her son Gavin. The schoolmaster did not allow Margaret to see him, as he never would even in the disturbed days to come. He knew that he was best out of her life and that he could bring her only unhappiness. When he heard Gavin deliver his first sermon at Auld Licht, the dominie knew that the little minister, who was just twenty-one years old, was a servant of the Lord.
Lord Rintoul’s castle stood in the Spittal on the hill above Glen Quharity. It was rumored that he had a young girl in his household whom he expected to marry soon, but no one had seen the girl except the sheriff of Thrums, who stopped at the castle to tell Lord Rintoul that a detachment of militia was coming to Thrums to arrest some insurgent weavers. Dressed as a gypsy, the young bride-to-be ran to the village to warn the people that soldiers were on their way.
Gavin Dishart met her that night as he was walking through Windyghoul toward Caddam. She ran dancing and singing and laughed at him as she darted past him toward Thrums. When Gavin caught up with her, they became rivals as Gavin attempted to calm the workers whom the gypsy had aroused against the soldiers. Her...
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