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I ken it's an awfu 'job for Bawbie tholin' my ongaens; but, at the same time, if it wasna me, the neeper wives an her wudna hae onything to mak 'a molligrant aboot ava.
There was a gude deal o 'hostin' an 'heid-clawin' at this question, ilka lad lookin 'at his neeper as muckle as to say, "I've naething but half-soverins i' the noo. "
"Hoots!" returned the cobbler, "what's onything oors for but to gie the neeper 'at stan's i' need o '' t."
It wud be a puir wey o 'doin', I'm thinkin ', whaur naebody was wyzer than his neeper, an' whaur ye wud never hae the chance o 'doin' a freend a gude turn. "