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Title: Penny Plain Author: Anna Buchan (writing as O.
Douglas) Release Date: June 28, 2004 [EBook #12768] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK PENNY PLAIN *** Produced by Karen Lofstrom and PG Distributed Proofreaders PENNY PLAIN BY O.
DOUGLAS TO MY BROTHER WALTER SHOPMAN: -You may have your choice--penny plain or twopence coloured.- SOLEMN SMALL BOY: -Penny plain, please.
It’s better value for the money.- CHAPTER I -The actors are at hand, And by their show You shall know all that you are like to know.- _Midsummer Night’s Dream_. It was tea-time in Priorsford: four-thirty by the clock on a chill October afternoon. The hills circling the little town were shrouded with mist.
The wide bridge that spanned the Tweed and divided the town proper--the Highgate, the Nethergate, the Eastgate--from the residential part was almost deserted.
On the left bank of the river, Peel Tower loomed ghostly in the gathering dusk.
Round its grey walls still stood woods of larch and fir, and in front the links of Tweed moved through pleasant green pastures.
But where once ladies on palfreys hung with bells hunted with their cavaliers there now stood the neat little dwellings of prosperous, Sun Apr 02 16:38:27 2017 2 decent folk; and where the good King James wrote his rhymes, and listened to the singing of Mass from the Virgin’s Chapel, the Parish Kirk reared a sternly Presbyterian steeple.
No need any longer for Peel to light the beacon telling of the coming of our troublesome English neighbours.
Telegraph wires now carried the matter, and a large bus met them at the tra...





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