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Ye're ane o 'thae mealy-mou'd frien's that like a man sae wel they wad raither hae him gang wi' his back to the pleuch, nor ca't i 'the face o' a cauld win '.
Happy man wad I hae been, had they set me frae the first to caw the pleuch, and cut the corn, and gether the stooks intil the barn -- i'stead o 'creepin intil a leaky boat to fish for men wi' a foul and tangled net!
But noo I seem to hae gotten some mair licht, and to ken some things I didna ken afore; sae, turnin my back upo 'my past sin, and believin God has forgien me, and is willin I sud set my han' to his pleuch ance mair, I hae thoucht to mak a new beginnin here in a quaiet heumble fashion, tellin ye something o 'what I hae begoud,
-- A great hole i 'the wa' o 'the room, an' the starry pleuch luikin 'in at it, an' the sea lyin 'far doon afore him -- as quaiet as the bride upo' the bed -- but a hantle bonnier to luik at; for ilka steek that had been on her was brunt aff, an 'the bonny body o' her lyin 'a' runklet, an 'as black 's a coal frae heid to fut; an' the reek 'at rase frae 't was heedeous.
"To the pleuch again, mother -- the rael pleuch this time!
-- And what are ye gaein to turn yer han 'til neist, seem ye hae a'ready laid it til the pleuch and turnt back? "
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