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Guy Mannering

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"On the auspicious night that Guy Mannering is shown to the house of the Bertrams of Ellangowan, their heir is born and Mannering, a sceptical astrologer, predicts his future. Five years later the prophecy is fulfilled, and Harry Bertram finds himself at the centre of a plot to rob him of his inheritance. Harry's subsequent struggles are set against a background of chaos and upheaval in a socially fragmented land where everyone, from landowners to gypsies, is searching for their rightful place." The text, taken from the authorative Edinburgh
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"On the auspicious night that Guy Mannering is shown to the house of the Bertrams of Ellangowan, their heir is born and Mannering, a sceptical astrologer, predicts his future. Five years later the prophecy is fulfilled, and Harry Bertram finds himself at the centre of a plot to rob him of his inheritance. Harry's subsequent struggles are set against a background of chaos and upheaval in a socially fragmented land where everyone, from landowners to gypsies, is searching for their rightful place." The text, taken from the authorative Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, follows Guy Mannering as it was first published in 1815, with the addition of significant passages from the manuscript that have been omitted from all previous editions. This volume also contains a new critical introduction and a chronology, a bibliography, historical and explanatory notes and a glossary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140436570
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 711,160
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771. Educated for the law, he obtained the office of sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire in 1799 and in 1806 the office of clerk of session, a post whose duties he fulfilled for some twenty-five years. His lifelong interest in Scottish antiquity and the ballads which recorded Scottish history led him to try his hand at narrative poems of adventure and action. The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Marmion (1808), and The Lady of the Lake (1810) made his reputation as one of the leading poets of his time. A novel, Waverley, which he had begun in 1805, was published anonymously in 1814. Subsequent novels appeared with the note “by the author of Waverley”; hence his novels often are called collectively “the Waverley novels.” Some of the most famous of these are Old Mortality (1816), Rob Roy (1817), Ivanhoe (1819), Kenilworth (1821), and Quentin Durward (1823). In recognition of his literary work Scott was made a baronet in 1819. During his last years he held various official positions and published biographies, editions of Swift and Dryden, tales, lyric poetry, and various studies of history and antiquity. He died in 1832.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

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    Distracting scan. For the determined reader. Book two of the Waverly novels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Leaders' Den

    The leaders of the Merge confer here. There is only one leader for each side. Currently, there is only Evil Within and the Kill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Madiosn

    Walks in. I need to find a dress for the ball. She thought. Could not find anything. So she decide to make her own dress. She found an orange tanish dress and mask. Got some blak ribbon and fabric glue.

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    Posted February 1, 2014

    Payton

    She saw a pretty dark blue dress and put it on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Angel

    I put my plans on the wrong book i thought royal plan was manners res 10 and i wasnt paying attention were i was sooooooosrry plz forgive me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Willow

    "Beautiful!" She said before turning and leaving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Princesa Maria

    She walked in and waited for Angel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    A newborn's horoscope unites a soldier and a witch in futurity

    Unlike WAVERLEY (1814), Sir Walter Scott's second novel, GUY MANNERING (1815), is not about ordinary people caught up in a turning point of history. True, GUY MANNERING's actions can be dated (from late 1750s to early 1780s) and placed: mainly in England and Scotland with some intervening time in the Netherlands and India. But mainly this is a private, family inheritance story, not a world historical epic. *** The main plot involves Harry Bertram, kidnapped at age five from his baronial home in Scotland and spirited away to the Netherlands by smugglers after he witnesses their murder of a Crown excise officer. Harry is fostered by a kindly Dutchman, given the name Verbeest Brown, the same as that of one of Harry's principal abductors, and sent to India to work the family's business. There he later joins a British regiment of dragoons. He falls in love with his colonel's daughter, Julia Mannering. But another jealous, ambitious young officer convinces Colonel Guy Mannering that Brown is trying to seduce his wife, not woo his daughter. The two men quarrel and fight a duel in which Mannering wounds Brown and thinks he is dead. The party is immediately attacked by Indian bandits and separated from the 'corpse' of Brown. Brown/Bertram is taken prisoner and languishes in prison for months. Meanwhile Mannering's wife sickens and dies. Mannering resigns his commission and returns with his orphaned daughter to melancholy retirement in England. Brown survives and reunites with his regiment which is sent back to England. He pursues Julia and stumbles toward his lost identity when Colonel Mannering settles in Scotland.*** The main subplot begins 16 years earlier as the young Guy Mannering, fresh from Oxford University, takes a walking trip into North England and Southern Scotland. He finds refuge from a storm with a ruined baron and rather sceptically casts a horoscope for the baron's son, born the night of his arrival. So does a gypsy woman, Meg Merrilies. The trials of the young heir that the Englishman and the witch foresee come all too true and the story moves on apace. *** GUY MANNERING is a story that moves on several levels and depths and abounds in memorable characters and scenes. There is the Reverend Sampson, absent-minded domestic tutor, also the wealthy, life-affirming farmer/ rancher Dandie Dinmont, embedded in pre-modern Scottish country life. There is Golden Age Edinburgh in which Colonel Mannering is introduced to the likes of David Hume and Adam Smith. Lawyers and lawmen abound, good and less than good. This is a tale for leisurely sipping and frequent revisiting. -OOO-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    'A tale of private life'

    This is the second book in Scott's Waverly series. There are a few differences between it and the first book, Waverely. Waverley is the story of a young man swept up by historical events. Guy Mannering, on the other hand, is a story of 'private life' and lacks a historical event as a backdrop. In Waverley, I was initially charmed by Scott's prose and was gradually drawn into the story. In Guy Mannering Scott's humor grabbed me right from the start. The scope of Guy Mannering is much more focused than its predecessor, but includes a wider variety of characters. It really is a shame that fans of historical fiction do not give Scott more attention. A modern reader, familiar with and almost expecting twists and turns, will quickly be able to predict the genral outline of the story, but the details and events with which Scott fleshes out this outline supply the suspense. Scott introduces us to several memorable characters, including gypises and smugglers, and paints the scenery, action, and dialougue in a charming style whose artistry has been lost in modern times.

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    Posted August 7, 2011

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