The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
compatriot of Burns, again! - 'The saut tear blin's my e'e.'
Next morning there was sun and a flapping wind. From the street
corners of Maybole I could catch breezy glimpses of green fields.
The road underfoot was wet and heavy - part ice, part snow, part
water, and any one I met greeted me, by way of salutation, with 'A
fine thowe' (thaw). My way lay among rather bleak bills, and past
bleak ponds and dilapidated castles and monasteries, to the Highland-
looking village of Kirkoswald. It has little claim to notice, save
that Burns came there to study surveying in the summer of 1777, and
there also, in the kirkyard, the original of Tam o' Shanter sleeps
his last sleep. It is worth noticing, however, that this was the