"Them That Has China Plates Themsel's Is The Maist Careful No To Break The China Plates Of Others"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Lord Rintoul, who has only recently bought a castle near the village of Thrums in Scotland, plans to marry Babbie, his ward. Babbie, however, in the dress of a gipsy has met the new minister in the town, Gavin Dishart, and the two have fallen in love. On the day before the wedding of Lord Rintoul to Babbie, preparations are being made, during which Babbie insists that a piper play "The Bonny House o' Airlie," a tune used by the Ogilvys who had once feuded with the Campbells. The tune insults Lauchlan Campbell, who is present, and he counters with "The Campbells are Coming," then stalks out. Waster Lunny, a farmer who is relating the incident, tells of his discussion with his wife Elspeth concerning the marriage of Lord Rintoul and Babbie:

". . . All I can say is that if the earl was saft enough to do sic a thing out of fondness for her, it's time he was married on her, so that he may come to his senses again. That's what I say; but Elspeth counters me, of course, and says she, 'If the young leddy was so careless o' insulting other folks' ancestors, it prove she has nane o' her ain; for them that has china plates themsel's is the maist careful no to break the china plates of others.'"