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“In many parishes of Scotland there was suffered to exist a certain portion of land, called the gudeman 'croft, which was never ploughed or cultivated, but suffered to remain waste, like the TEMENOS of a pagan temple.”
“In one page you shudder in a cold sweat over the mean miseries of the poor "gudeman;" in the next you see, unconscious of the same approaching destiny, the enamoured youth lying on his Mary's bosom beneath the milk-white thorn.”
“gudeman" and that lone widow are stated as if he were their law agent, making up an account to go to a jury for damages for the "spulzie of outside and inside plenishing, nolt, horse, sheep, cocks and hens, hay, corn, peats, and fodder.”
““I aye telled the gudeman ye meant weel to him; but he taks the tout at every bit lippening word.””
“Sit down — sit down; the gudeman will be blythe to see you — ye nar saw him sae cadgy in your life; but we are to christen our bit wean the night, as ye will hae heard, and doubtless ye will stay and see the ordinance.”
“The raptures of the faithful old creature at seeing Jeanie were equal to her own, as she hastened to assure her, “that baith the gudeman and the beasts had been as weel seen after as she possibly could contrive.””
“When he was satisfied on this point, had pocketed his money, and had signed a receipt, he addressed David with some little hesitation, — “Jeanie wad be writing ye something, gudeman?””
“The goodwife told us, that “the gudeman had been at the hill;” and well for us that he had been so, for we enjoyed the produce of his chasse in the shape of some broiled moor-game, — a dish which gallantly eked out the ewe-milk cheese, dried salmon, and oaten bread, being all besides that the house afforded.”
“God is couthily characterised as the gudeman, the laird or farmer.”
“The gudeman rose from his chair, lighted a lantern, commanded Thomas to follow him, and left the house.”
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