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Unformatted text preview: ss-of a certain charming sort was definitely part of it. There were also among us many with witches' gifts, and some even with witches' marks-a black mole or birth pat- tern of peculiar shape; a sixth finger. Indeed the sixth finger was a 269 common thing, and could take various forms. It might be a tiny digit projecting from the outside edge of the hand, an adjunct to the little finger. Or it could be near the thumb, and sometimes a second thumb. But wherever it appeared, you can be sure someone was ashamed of it. Meantime I had read the history of Scotland, under the fiend's nose, most likely without his being aware of it. For if I had a fiddler standing by, playing a dreary melody as I read, the fiend hardly noticed any- thing. Indeed, he often tired of being invaded by the music as it were and went off to court my mother. Well and good. Donnelaith was not a town of importance. But there were some old stories that told it once had been, and that a great cathedral had stood there. Indeed there had been a school and a great saint in...
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2010 for the course WRITING 220.200 taught by Professor Julie during the Spring '10 term at Johns Hopkins.
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