The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:|
Ranald spoke anxiously and hastily to the children of his tribe,
and the men came one by one to shake hands with Dalgetty, while
the women, clamorous in their gratitude, pressed round to kiss
even the hem of his garment. "They plight their faith to you,"
said Ranald MacEagh, "for requital of the good deed you have done
to the tribe this day."
"Enough said, Ranald," answered the soldier, "enough said--tell
them I love not this shaking of hands--it confuses ranks and
degrees in military service; and as to kissing of gauntlets,
puldrons, and the like, I remember that the immortal Gustavus, as
he rode through the streets of Nuremberg, being thus worshipped