What is the summary for Chapter 10 of Rob Roy?

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On their return to Osbaldistone Hall, Die invites Frank to dine with her in the library. This room has become her special retreat, since her older cousins do not enter it. In the past, Rashleigh had been her tutor, teaching her Greek, Latin, and many European languages. Her special interests are in science and history, as well as poetry and the classics, which she reads in their original languages.

Die tells of her family, who had suffered in the Revolution for their support of James II. Her family lost everything, and so she has come to live with her Osbaldistone relations as a poor orphan.

Rashleigh enters and joins the conversation. Die asks him to give a full account of why he was at Inglewood Palace when she and Frank arrived. He states that he had previously met Morris and learned the particulars of the incident of the theft. He thus tracks down Campbell and convinces him to come and give testimony to support Frank’s innocence.

Rashleigh, in the process, makes evident his prejudice against the Scots. Die pleads with Frank that he not be influenced by Rashleigh, as she herself is a Scotchwoman.

Frank and Rashleigh retreat to the latter’s room, where they play cards. Rashleigh quickly grows tired of the game, and the two share conversation. Frank is impressed with Rashleigh’s intelligence, though he does not see a moral basis for his opinions. Later, he confesses in hindsight that he allowed Rashleigh’s eloquence to blind him to his true character.

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