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Cross as being to Duncraggan, toward Callander until it turns to the left for the Chapel of Saint Bride, then from that vicinity along Loch Lubnaig through the glens of Balquidder, including the neighboring Glenfinlas and Strathgartney.

453. Strath-Ire. Connecting Lochs Voil and Lubnaig.

465. Reeled his sympathetic eye. Dizzy from gazing at the dancing water.

478. Blithesome rout. Merry company.
Morning-tide. Cf. Eastertide, Christmastide.
480. Tombea. A certain hamlet.
482, Gothic. Pointed.

485-499. Bonneted sire... cheer. Can you picture the various individuals ?

485. Coif-clad. Wearing a sort of cap or kerchief, the sign of the matron as distinguished from the virgin's snood.

533-534. Mingled . . . fame. What do these lines mean? 542. Like fire flint. Explain simile.

544. Song. How does the versification of this differ from the quain part of the poem ?

546. Bracken. Ferns, “brakes." 569. Not faster. Conclusion of this sentence ? Braes. Hillsides. Cf. “ Ye banks and braes of Bonnie Doon,99

570. Balquidder. At eastern end of Loch Voil. The burialplace of Rob Roy.

577. Coil. Confusion. A Shakespearean word.

599–600. No oath ... command. These lines show the abso ute obedience of the clansmen to a Highland chieftain.

807-609. Rednock, Cardross, Duchray. Castles on the route. 611. Wot ye. Know ye. Cf. Bible.

633. Incumbent. Overhanging; used literally. This grotto was supposed to be inhabited by a sort of Scottish Satyr or lubberly Brownie.

641. Still. Noun, stillness.

643. Chafed with. Blew over surface, roughening it. Cf, Julius Cæsar, I. ii. 101, " The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores." Originally chafe meant “to warm (chafing-dish); then si to warm by rubbing"; finally “to fret." 651-658. Yet ... gaze.

What besides the seclusion of the en. trance made Douglas and his daughter safe in the cave?

672. Single page. According to Scott, the regular officers attached to a Highland chief were: (1) the henchman; (2) the bard ; (3) the bladier, or spokesman; (4) the gillie-more, or sword-bearer (alluded to in this line]; (5) a gillie, who bore the chief across the fords ; (6) a gillie to lead the horse ; (7) a baggageman; (8) 3 piper; (9) a piper's gillie.

683-684. Feathers . . . gleam. Explain. 696. Why flaxen band ? 713-736. Notice arrangement of rhymes. Is this a prayer to the Virgin Mary? 737-750. Died . shot. Notice how dramatic this is. 751. That silvery bay. What one ? 758. Some . . . strayed. Do you like this line? Why not?

GENERAL QUESTIONS ON CANTO THIRD 1. What relics of ancient superstition are seen in this Canto? 2. Make a list of the synonyms for "curse.” 3. Compare the Monk with Robin Hood's Friar Tuck.

4. Why is the imagery in the Coronach especially appropriate to the death of Duncan ?

5. Make a picture in your own words of the Goblin Cave Draw one if you can.

6. What contrasts are presented in this Canto? 7. How does its tone differ from that of Canto I.? of Canto II.?

8. Make an abstract of this Canto, one short sentence to each stanza.


. Wilding. A poetic word, daintier than wild. Whom. Because personified by address. 31. Eagle watch. Watch sharp as an eagle's. 36. Boune. Prepared. 37, Doune. An old castle on the Teith. 42. Izured bout. Trained to endure such hard fortune.

63. Taghairm. “A person was wrapped in the skin of a newly slain bullock, and deposited beside a waterfall, or at the bottom of a precipice, or in some other strange, wild, and unusual situation, where the scenery around him suggested nothing but objects of horror. In this situation he revolved in his mind the question proposed; and whatever was impressed upon him by his exalted imagination passed for the inspiration of the disembodied spirits who haunt these desolate recesses. - Scott.

73. Kerns. Light-armed soldiers in the Highlands and Ireiand. 74. Beal'mala. A pass on the east of Loch Lomond.

77. Dennan's Row. Now Rowardennan, the usual point for ascending Ben Lomond.

82. Boss. Central knob on a shield.
83. Verge. Pronounced to rhyme with Targe.
84. Targe. Shield.
98. While ...

broke. While the deer is quartered.
112. Sentient. Possessing feeling.
115. Rouse. Intransitive. Stand on end.

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132. Which ... life. Modifies party.
139. Self-offered. Offered by himself. Is this clear ?
150. Glaive. Sword.
153. Sable pale.

Heraldic terms. A broad perpendicular stripe of black in the middle of the shield.

164. Shaggy glen. The word Trosachs itself means “ bristling country.”

174. Stance. Station.

213-214. My his. Cf. Brutus's Portia, "so fathered and so husbanded." Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, II, I. 297.

217. Rife. Everywhere prevalent. 223. Trowed. Believed. Cf. troth. 227. Both. Refers to whom ?

231. Cambus-kenneth's fane. Cambus-kenneth Abbey, near Stirling.

245. Bode of. Forebode. 249. Presaged. Foretold.

261. Read another ballad, one of Robin Hood, the Nuto Browne Mayde, or Chevy Chase, and compare with this modern one, which Scott based on an old Danish ballad.

262. Mavis and merle. Thrush and blackbird.

267. Wold. Open country. The word wold is from the AngloSaxon weald and originally meant forest, then waste ground, then plain or upland.

277. Vest of pall. Rich crimson or purple stuff of which palls (mantles) were made. Latin, pallium.

285. Vair. Squirrel's fur. 298. Woned. Dwelt. 306. Fairies'... green. Refers perhaps to the green caps of the

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little hill-people, or green habits of the “Men of Peace.” (Stop at this point for a little review of fairy-lore, and one or two fairy stories. Cf. Drake's The Culprit Fay, and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.)

330. Kindly. Kindred.
349. Inconstant. Ever taking new forms.

358. Durst sign. Dared to make the sign of the cross upon his brow.

371. Dumfermline. The residence and burial-place of many Scottish kings, Robert Bruce being the last of them. It is seventeen miles froin Edinburgh.

387.. Bourne. Boundary.
392. Augur scathe. Foresee danger.
395. Conjure. Him understood. Adjure.
399. Had .. bribed. Would not have been bribed.
417. Before. When ?

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421. Atone. Atone for.

424. Forth ... shall. It shall be said.
430. Infamy. Merely disgrace here.
456–460. Try to see the picture in your mind's eye.
471. Lordship. Lordly domain.
Embattled field. Batt.e-field.
473. Who ... land. Modifies I. Reck of = care for.
477. Signet. Ring.
478. Claim thy suit. Secure your request.

500. Fared. Journeyed, a beautiful obsolete word. way fare, farewell, wayfarer, welfare.

506. Weeds. Garments. We still say " widow's weeds. " 508. Glancing eye. Glancing modifies eye.

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