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Quentin Durward

by Walter Scott

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The scene of this romance is laid in the fifteenth century, when the feudal system, which had been the sinews and nerves of national defence, and the spirit of chivalry, by which, as by a vivifying soul, that system was animated, began to be innovated upon and abandoned by those grosser characters who centred their sum of happiness in procuring the personal objects on which they had fixed their own exclusive attachment.

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It was troublesome at first, said Durward, "but became more easy by use; and I was weak with my wounds and loss of blood, and desirous to gratify my preserver, Father Peter, and so I was the more easily kept to my task. But after several months' languishing, my good kind mother died, and as my health was now fully restored, I communicated to my benefactor, who was also Sub-Prior of the Convent, my reluctance to take the vows; and it was agreed between us, since my vocation lay not to the cloister, that I should be sent out into the world to seek my fortune, and that, to save the Sub-Prior from the anger of the Ogilvies, my departure should have the appearance of flight.

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Edited, with introduction and notes by Arthur Llewellyn Eno, A.M., instructor in English at the University of Illinois. Includes Historical Background of Quentin Durward, Hints and Questions for the Study of Quentin Durward, Collateral Reading References, Tabular View of Scott's Life and Works.

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J. H. Alexander is senior lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen.

G. A. M. Wood is senior lecturer in English at the University of Stirling.



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