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Book Title: The Heart of Midlothian|
Date of issue: August 5th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780192835673
The author of the book: Walter Scott
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 743 KB
Edition: Oxford University Press, USA
Read full description of the books The Heart of Midlothian:The title of this book comes from the nickname of the prison in Edinburgh, Scotland (real name Toolbooth) ... Midlothian, is the county, surrounding that beautiful, ancient, hilly, capital city; in 1736, there occurred a brutal riot, in which Captain John Porteous, of the local police force, an arrogant man, was lynched by an angry mob , ( a real event) the captain, had killed some townspeople, during a tumultuous disturbance earlier. A smuggler Andrew Wilson, was executed under his watch, his loyal friends, had tried to rescue the criminal, and the late Mr.Wilson, became an enormous hero, when he helped George Robertson, captured with him, escape in Church, by holding off the inattentive guards. Back then the naive authorities, thought a last visit to God's Temple, might benefit the doomed men, things have changed greatly, since then . Meanwhile Jeanie Deans, daughter of David Deans, had visited her younger sister Euphemia, (Effie) at the Toolbooth, before it was stormed. Captain Porteous, convicted of several murders, previously mentioned, was inside too, but a royal reprieve, caused the indignant people, in town to suspect that "Justice," would not be served . Effie, an unmarried woman, was found guilty of child killing, her new born son, vanished mysteriously, their widower father, a strict Christian farmer, lives just outside the historical city, is profoundly shocked, learning about Effie's scandal. His family's good reputation, is tarnished, forever, the teenager adamantly refuses, to reveal the man responsible for the baby, yet suspicion falls on the notorious fugitive , George Robertson. Time is flowing by, in a few weeks, unless something unforeseen develops, poor Effie will be no more, it's up to Jeanie, to save her little sister, but how? She feels responsible, because at the trial, Jeanie, deeply religious, could not commit perjury, which would have freed Effie, today, that doesn't bother people much... Complicating everything, is Rev.Reuben Butler, a penniless clergyman, that the older sister loves, how can she marry him, with Effie's case so well known, no respectable man would. Now brave Jeanie, has a bold idea , go to distant London, (hundreds of miles from Edinburgh) and get a royal pardon for Euphemia, traveling money will be needed, even if she has to walk most of the way, only one person she knows has it. Dumbiedikes, a rich, shy, landowner, hopelessly in love with Miss Deans, the embarrassed Jeanie, has to ask for help from this man! One of the better historical novels, from the very sophisticated, Sir Walter Scott, some say his best.
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Sir Walter Scott was born on August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels. In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic changes in history.
Scott's work shows the influence of the 18th century enlightenment. He believed every human was basically decent regardless of class, religion, politics, or ancestry. Tolerance is a major theme in his historical works. The Waverley Novels express his belief in the need for social progress that does not reject the traditions of the past. He was the first novelist to portray peasant characters sympathetically and realistically, and was equally just to merchants, soldiers, and even kings.
Central themes of many of Scott's novels are about conflicts between opposing cultures. Ivanhoe (1819) is about war between Normans and Saxons. The Talisman (1825) is about conflict between Christians and Muslims. His novels about Scottish history deal with clashes between the new English culture and the old Scottish. Scott's other great novels include ,i>Old Mortality (1816), The Heart of Midlothian (1819), and St Ronan's Well (1824). His Waverley series includes Rob Roy (1817), A Legend of Montrose (1819), and Quentin Durward (1823).
Scott's amiability, generosity, and modesty made him popular with his contemporaries. He was also famous for entertaining on a grand scale at his Scottish estate, Abbotsford.
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