'The bailie's house was in the Canongate, and my uncle was going to the other end of Leith Walk, rather better than a mile's journey.
'I am particular in describing how my uncle walked up the middle of the street, with his thumbs in his waistcoat pockets, gentlemen, because, as he often used to say (and with great reason too) there is nothing at all extraordinary in this story, unless you distinctly understand at the beginning, that he was not by any means of a marvellous or romantic turn.
If you think it right to communicate the contents of this letter to Miss Vanstone, pray tell her that it will not be my fault if her sister's assertion (however preposterous it may seem to my uncle
's executors) is not fairly put to the proof.
When the banker told Uncle Henry that he must pay the money in thirty days or leave the farm, the poor man was in despair, as he knew he could not possibly get the money.
They did not tell their niece the sad news for several days, not wishing to make her unhappy; but one morning the little girl found Aunt Em softly crying while Uncle Henry tried to comfort her.
"That we can cure and we will," said her uncle, with a decided nod that made the curls bob on his head, to that Rose saw the gray ones underneath the brown.
Uncle Alec threw back his head and laughed like a boy, for he could entirely understand how the good ladies had each put in her oar and tried to paddle her own way, to the great disturbance of the waters and the entire bewilderment of poor Rose.
"My uncle, as I understood him, had several motives for writing to the major.
To speak the truth, his conduct, when he first mentioned our engagement to my uncle, had been (so far as appearances went) a little flighty and strange.
"Sixteen; I mean, I am going in seventeen," said Tom, hoping his uncle noticed how much beard he had.
Stelling says I write a good hand, uncle. That's my writing," added Tom, laying on the table a copy of the list he had made yesterday.
When, much later, "Uncle
" rode up to Nicholas and began talking to him, he felt flattered that, after what had happened, "Uncle
" deigned to speak to him.
He was a strong man, a kind uncle
and the best sailor in the South Atlantic.
"Weel," said my uncle
, "I dinnae care what he said, he leed, and the solemn God's truth is this, that I gave him twenty pound.
Alec had gone I proposed a saunter to the farther end of the orchard, where I had left a book the preceding evening.