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  • Dae ye think I wad hae been sae ceevil the ither nicht to her when she was yelping on the stair-heid if it hadna been her repute for the Evil E'e?

    Doom Castle

  • "Let him be dacent, and it's ceevil treatment he'll get; but no man shall browbeat me on me own floor," said Biddy, in a tone which declared the firmness of her purpose.

    Live to be Useful or, The Story of Annie Lee and her Irish Nurse

  • Weel, ye'll ken him, an 'aiblins,' here the speaker took up the bellows and thoughtfully assisted the fire's respiration, 'aiblins it wud be a ceevil matter to offer to gie him a night's lodgin', for it's a gey lang way up frae the auld toon, an 'the manager's gettin' gey white aboot the pow. '

    Border Ghost Stories

  • 'Aweel,' said the Minister, breaking the silence, 'I micht -- be offerin' hospitality to Macmanus, the banker; 'twould be the ceevil thing to do, but if he comes he's my guest, ye ken -- I maunna hae ony "frightfulness"; an 'the cuddy wull be locked up.'

    Border Ghost Stories

  • 'But supposin' I was inclined to be ceevil till him -- what then? '

    Border Ghost Stories

  • "It wad be better telling ye to answer ceevilly a ceevil question, my birkie."

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45

  • 'I was wrong, McRimmon; but when a man's shown the door for doin' his plain duty he's not always ceevil. '

    The Day's Work - Volume 1

  • They were puir, feckless bodies, the twa o 'them, and would scarce gie an answer tae a ceevil question, though they could clack lood eneugh when they had

    The Mystery of Cloomber

  • A young lad, long and straight and with a bonnie black e'e – and a clever tongue, but leein ', for he says very ceevil things to me.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • "They're just very pleasant – and as ceevil young men as ye could meet anywhere – there's Lord John that we know best."

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

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