Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Since (Classic Reprint)

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I must refer to a ve early period of my life, were I to point out m first achievements as a ta e-telier - but I believe some of my old schoolie loss can still bear witness that I had a distinguished character for that talent, at a time when the applause of m companions was my recompense for the disgraoes and punishments which t e future romance-writer incurred for being idle himself. And keeping others idle, during hours that should have been employed on our tasks. The chief enjoyment of my holidays was to escape with a choun friend, who had the same taste with myself. And alter astely to recite to each other such wild adventures as we were able to devise. We told. Each in turn, interminable tales of knight-errantry and battles and enchantments, which were continued from one day to another, opportunity offered, without our ever thinking of bringing them to a conclusion. As we observed a strict secrecy on the subject of this inter course, it acquired all the character of a concealed pleasure, and we used to select, for the scenes of our indol ence, Ion walks through the solitary and romantic environs of Arthur's eat, Salis ury Crags, Braid Hills, and similar places in the vicinity of Edinburgh and the recollection of those holidays still forms an mi: in the pilgrimage which I have to look back upon. I have on] to add, that my friend? Still lives, a prosperous gentle man, but too mo occupied with graver business, to thank me for indica ting him more plainly as a confidant of my childish mystery.

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