He contented himself with saying: "I quite agree with you, Miss Alan.
Miss Alan did not follow, but gathered that she was being mocked in an agreeable way.
Beebe," said Miss Alan, divided between awe and mirth.
Beebe sat back complacently, and Miss Alan began as follows: "It was a novel--and I am afraid, from what I can gather, not a very nice novel.
Miss Alan was always thus being charitable against her better judgment.
Beebe smiled as Miss Alan plunged into an anecdote which he knew she would be unable to finish in the presence of a gentleman.
One witness "declared also That the said Alan Breck threatened that he would challenge Ballieveolan and his sons to fight because of his removing the declarant last year from Glenduror.
Following this is a paragraph stating that "John Stewart 1st of Ardsheall of his descendants Alan Breck had better be omitted.
This is no furniture for the scholar's library, but a book for the winter evening school-room when the tasks are over and the hour for bed draws near; and honest Alan, who was a grim old fire-eater in his day has in this new avatar no more desperate purpose than to steal some young gentleman's attention from his Ovid, carry him awhile into the Highlands and the last century, and pack him to bed with some engaging images to mingle with his dreams.
I am so sorry for you, Alan," he murmured, "but you leave me no alternative.
Ah, Alan," murmured Dorian with a sigh, "I wish you had a thousandth part of the pity for me that I have for you.
Before they parted, Alan
made a proposal that was startling in the extreme.