Kidnapped

  • Chapter I

  • I SET OFF UPON MY JOURNEY TO THE HOUSE OF SHAWS

  • Narrator

    I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father’s house.

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  • The sun began to shine upon the summit of the hills as I went down the road;

  • and by the time I had come as far as the manse, the blackbirds were whistling in the garden lilacs, and the mist that hung around the valley in the time of the dawn was beginning to arise and die away.

  • Mr. Campbell, the minister of Essendean, was waiting for me by the garden gate, good man!

  • He asked me if I had breakfasted;

  • and hearing that I lacked for nothing, he took my hand in both of his and clapped it kindly under his arm.

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    Mr. Campbell

    β€œWell, Davie, lad,”

  • said he,

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    Mr. Campbell

    β€œI will go with you as far as the ford, to set you on the way.”

  • Narrator

    And we began to walk forward in silence.

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    Mr. Campbell

    β€œAre ye sorry to leave Essendean?”

  • said he, after awhile.

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    Davie

    β€œWhy, sir,”

  • said I,

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    Davie

    β€œif I knew where I was going, or what was likely to become of me, I would tell you candidly.

  • Essendean is a good place indeed, and I have been very happy there;

  • but then I have never been anywhere else.

  • My father and mother, since they are both dead, I shall be no nearer to in Essendean than in the Kingdom of Hungary, and, to speak truth, if I thought I had a chance to better myself where I was going I would go with a good will.”