For some time William Burns went on working as a gardener, then when Robert was about seven he took a small farm called Mount Oliphant, and removed there with his wife and family.
But, poor though he was, William Burns made up his mind that his children should be well taught.
The lesson had comprised part of the reign of Charles I., and there were sundry questions about tonnage and poundage and ship-money, which most of them appeared unable to answer; still, every little difficulty was solved instantly when it reached Burns: her memory seemed to have retained the substance of the whole lesson, and she was ready with answers on every point.
When I returned to my seat, that lady was just delivering an order of which I did not catch the import; but Burns immediately left the class, and going into the small inner room where the books were kept, returned in half a minute, carrying in her hand a bundle of twigs tied together at one end.
"As long as it was only stolen there was a chance to get it back, but if it's burned
, the jig is up."
"These must be, not chivalry, but poetry," said the curate; and opening one he saw it was the "Diana" of Jorge de Montemayor, and, supposing all the others to be of the same sort, "these," he said, "do not deserve to be burned
like the others, for they neither do nor can do the mischief the books of chivalry have done, being books of entertainment that can hurt no one."
found another way, a way of his own which had, at all events, the merit of saving his breath, if no other.
You go away when the match burns
out; you vanish like the warm stove, like the delicious roast goose, and like the magnificent Christmas tree!" And she rubbed the whole bundle of matches quickly against the wall, for she wanted to be quite sure of keeping her grandmother near her.
The story of Burns
' mature life is the pathetic one of a very vigorous nature in which genius, essential manliness, and good impulses struggled against and were finally overcome by violent passions, aggravated by the bitterness of poverty and repeated disappointments.
the hair, and burned
the letter; and when he saw them hissing and crackling in the flame, inly shuddered as he thought of everlasting fires.
thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on these seas I as Persian once did worship, till in the sacramental act so burned
by thee, that to this hour I bear the scar; I now know thee, thou clear spirit, and I now know that thy right worship is defiance.
Yet, no matter how you may be fairing, you must not look for help from me, for only today I burned
my left hand with the iron!