Old Mortality

Old Mortality

by Walter Scott

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ISBN-13: 9781414204451
Publisher: IndyPublish.com
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Old Mortality 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
thorold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The situation Scott sets out in Old Mortality lends itself to facile parallels with the modern world: a small but vocal religious minority have resorted to assassination and terrorist action to try to overturn a secular, foreign-sponsored puppet administration and establish a government based on their own religious principles; the army is perpetrating human rights abuses in trying to put down the insurgency and maintain public order with the help of foreign troops; decent, ordinary people are caught in the middle between the two sides. Obviously, there are ways in which all religiously-motivated civil wars are much the same wherever and whenever they take place, but we shouldn't get too carried away...The real problem Scott had to deal with in putting his case for moderation was the classic one of constructing a story with a good, moral hero at its centre without making it dull. In this particular case it was exacerbated by the need to give the hero, Henry Morton, ideas about religious tolerance, human rights, and the rule of law that aren't really plausible for someone living 30 years before the birth of David Hume. This anachronism is probably more obvious to a modern reader than it would have been to Scott's contemporaries, and it rather undermines the credibility of the rest of the story. Probably because of this, I found it much more difficult to identify with the moral arguments than in The Heart of Mid-Lothian, where Scott found a clever way to rearrange the conventional romantic structure of the narrative to keep the "hero" offstage and put a much less obvious character at the centre of the story. It also doesn't help that we have to fight our way through several levels of narrators before we get to the start of the actual story.On the other hand, there's a huge amount to enjoy in Old Mortality. Scott dealt very creatively with the problem of language. The Covenanters' Old Testament rant and the Scots dialect of the working-class characters probably aren't really any more authentic a representation of 17th century dialogue than the standard English of the gentry, but they give the characters who use them an intelligible but very individual voice, and add greatly to the pleasure of reading the story. For most readers, the really memorable characters are going to be Cuddie Headrigg and his mother Mause; Poundtext, MacBriar, and the other preachers; and of course Lady Margaret Bellenden and her memories of Charles II taking his disjune at Tillietuddlem Castle.
hermannstone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
better than any other Scott novel I know of, except perhaps _Ivanhoe_. I am always amazed at how dextrously Scott gives his characters, and especially his heroes, lines which fit so exactly the character and the situation -- as if they could not have said anything else. (Like the phrases in a Mozart melofy.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
~ Leader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She rolled her eyes. "Have you forgotten about me already? Anyway, I just wanted to say goodbye. I will miss you, but I am sure your kits will be beautiful. Forgotten and I are having a pretty good time, though.Goodbye..." she padded away, her tail flicking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Mintleaf (Or Minty) Gender: Female Age: 17 moons Description: small black shecat with a white underbelly and paw, and minty green eyes Position: Warrior Personality: Creative, clever, kind, fierce in battle, positive Mate: Deerleap (ginger tom) Kits: Lilykit- tortoiseshell shekit, and Seedkit- brown shekit with green eyes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why can we see multible reveiws that we have wrote here but not at any other result
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a shecat with fire like fur a white tiped tail and electric blue eyes. No mate crush or kits and i am just 17 moons old. My family is dead i am told i lash out sometimes but i normaly is fun and a bit bubbley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Da<3>mn. Well I gotta go for reals now! See y'all Sunday :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok then.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bloodclan is attacking Soulclan at Fedora result 1. Please help us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annex Bloom wt<_>f are you doing?! You RP Four, don't cha?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gets taken away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes mugskit out of the cats jaws and sets him down. 'Please leave now.' He guids the cat out of jayclan camp <br> not reeeally, im old enough and trained enough to be a warrior but i like my name and age in the clan so....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twin? XD Sometimes I find someone like that too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He scrambled after Smokiefern, tackling her to the ground. His fox teeth gleamed brightly, his eyes filled with rage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am sorry if my ads bother you im only posting ib active clans because it is the only way i get people to join.....no one is reaading the post at erin hunter....oh and do you know here bloodclan is??????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello the tiny she kit squeakef
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Muddy. Paw. Who doesn't like me to step in mud? <p> Age: 11 moons <p> Gender: *Vector Arrows you* <p> Appearance: Dark brown, with orange and caramel markings. Her eyes are green with gold edges. <p> Personality: Feisty, clever, rainbowful. <p> Theme Song: I have to find my cat a theme song? *dies* <p> Quote: "I CAN'T SHOOT SOMETHING SO SYMMETRICAL! *the coffin opens* Wait a second! Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. ... YOU DISGUST ME! ARE YOU A CITIZEN OF JUMBLE ISLAND?!?!?" ~Death the Kid <p> Mentor: The guy who gives out suspicious white fun dip. <p> Other: Was based off of my cat in real life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tito Hunter took you to 'moonpool' res 1...don't hurt her...she has something to say to you...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JCLAN ARE GODMODDERRRSSS SO DONT JOIN OR U WILL BECOME A KITTYPET!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The grey kittypet padded in. He looked wideeyed at the cats.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lightiningkit is a pale gold tabby she-cat with creamy stripes and bright green eyes. She is funloving,fearce,independent,loyal and kind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Now I'm confuzzled.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Dragonwing <br> Gender: Tom <br> Age: 39 moons <br> Rank: warrior <br> Looks: he has ginger fur, with darker ginger stripes looping around the tip of his tail. His paws are white and his eyes ae bright blue. <br> Persona: he is friendly, and very loving <br> Crush/mate: Steelshard <br> Kin: N/A <br> Kits: Leafkit & Berrykit(adopted) <br> Theme Song: Long Live The Reckless And The Brave - All Time Low <p> Name: Leafkit <br> Gender: shekit <br> Age: 2 moons <br> Looks: she has soft grey fur, and white "boots". Her eyes are large and hazel. <br> Persona: she is energetic, playful, and tends be a troublemaker <br> Kin: Rose(rouge, mother, dead), Dragonwing(adopted father), Berrykit(sister) <br> Crush: ew!!! <p> Name: Berrykit <br> Gender: shekit <br> Age: 2 moons <br> Looks: she has light brown fur, with black "boots". Her eyes are bright green. <br> Persona: she is playful, but sticks to the rules. She can be very critical of others <br> Kin: Rose(rouge, mother, dead), Dragonwing(adopted father), Leafkit(sister) <br> Crush: -_-