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Full text of "Selected Essays Of Robert Louis Stevenson"

NOTES                                139

green and dingled oval glade. . . . Stevenson used to spend hours
exploring the recesses of the burn's course, musing, sometimes with
and sometimes without speech, on its endless chances and caprices
of eddy and ripple and backset. . . . One result of these musings
occurs in a dramatic scene familiar to all who have read his frag-
ment, " The Great North Road." f

Lilliput, miniature country;   from Gulliver's Travels,

genius loci, guardian spirit of the place.

Cameronian of the killing time. The Cameronians headed the
resistance made by the Covenanters to the attempts of the Govern-
ment of Charles II to introduce the English liturgy. Graham of
Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee, was a byword for his ruthlessness in
the ' killing time ' or persecution ; when James II was deposed,
he took up arms on his behalf against William of Orange, and fell,
in the hour of victory, at the Pass of Killiecrankie in I6S9. See
Old Mortality and Wandering Willie's tale in Redgauntlet,

calumet, pipe of peace.

knowe and howe, knoll and hollow.

lallan, i.e. ' lowland ' dialect.

Britannis in montibus, 'in British mountains.'

Inerudito saeeulo, ' in a barbarous age.5

Caer, Ketton, Caer-etin, ' giant's hold/ the easternmost of the
Pentlan^i. heights.

scrog, scrub, brushwood.

dilettanti, triflers.

Hardy. Mr. Thomas Hardy, the novelist of the c Wessex *
country, famous for his realistic descriptions of life in south-west
England.

Connt Tolstoi (1828-1910), the Russian social reformer and
novelist.

probably arboreal, a jesting reference to the Darwinian theory
of the origin of the human species. Cf. the end of The Manse
(p. 59).

VIII
THE  MANSE

This is a portrait of the Rev. Dr. Lewis Balfour, minister of
Colinton in Midlothian, son of James Balfour, Professor of Moral
Philosophy in Edinburgh University, and the poet's maternal
grandfather. For allusions to the Stevenson family, see A Family
of Engineers (Pentland Edn. Vol. XV).

manse, a Scottish parsonage.

Styx, in classical mythology, the river of Hell.

* spunkies,' bogies or ghosts.

herd of men, a minister of the Gospel.

thy foot. The metrical version, used in Scotland, of Psalm
cxxi. 3 : s He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that
keepeth thee will not slumber.'

Spartan, hardy. The ancient Spartans boasted of the iron
discipline to which their children were subjected.