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  • I know Jenny Primrose puts rowan-tree above the door-head when she sees old Mary coming; I know the good wife of Kittlenaket wears rowan-berry leaves in the headband of her blue kirtle, and all for the sake of averting the unsonsie glance of Mary's right ee; and I know that the auld laird of

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  • "Trembling with fury, I swept around and left the room.

    Jamie was waiting for me at the foot of the stair. Seeing my face... he led me out into the yard.

    'That—that—' Words failed me.

    'Officious worm?' he supplied helpfully. 'Unsonsie sharg?'

    'Yes! Did you hear him?!'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 684

    January 23, 2010