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James Hogg: Every quote you will ever need to know (for Advanced Higher English)


The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

The Editor's Narrative - First Section

Question Answer
The Laird of Dalcastle hadA very limited proportion of the fear of God in his heart
Lady Dalcastle wasMost severe and gloomy of all bigots
Robert's opinion on his familyHe had never... heard aught but evil spoken o his reputed father and brother. Consequently, he held them in utter abhorrence
Description of RobertA lad with black clothes, and a methodistical face, whose countenance and eye he disliked exceedingly"
Description of Georgehis handsome face... his sparkling blue eye
Rev. Wringhim wasThat declaimer against all human merit
Robert's stalking of GeorgeThe attendance of that brother was now become like the attendance of a demon on some devoted being that had sold himself to destruction
George's opinion of RobertSome would despise, but I pity thee. If thou art not a limb of Satan, I never saw one
Robert's relationship with the devilHe seemed to have some demon for a familiar
Arabella Calvert's soulA soul born for another sphere than that in which it has moved
Arabellea Calvert's crimesMine have been crimes of utter desperation
Robert's dickittudeWe would have fine sport maltreating and abusing them
Robert's justificationHe weens every one of his actions justified before God, and, instead of having having stings of conscience for these, he takes cgreat merit to himself fro having effected them
The Editor's parting noteI offer no remarks on it, and make as few additions to it, leaving everyone to judge for himself. We have heard much of the rage of fanaticism in former days, but nothing to this

The Editor's Narrative - Second Section

Question Answer
Robert and Gil-Martin chasinghe saw two people busily engaged at the hayrick, going round it and round it
The Editor's opinion on Hogg's letterIt bears the stamp of authenticity in every line; yet so often had I been hoaxed by the ingenious fancies
The Editor's opinion on HoggHogg has imposed as ingenious lies on the public ere now
The Editor's opinion on RobertNot only the greatest fool, but the greatest wretch, on whom was ever stamped the form of humanity"

Robert's Confessions

Question Answer
Robert's self-imposed statusI was born an outcast in the world
Robert's opinion on Rev Wringhimto him I am indebted, under heaven, for the high conceptions and glorious discernment between good and evil, right and wrong, which I attained even at an early age
Rev Wringhim's struggles with GodI have indeed fought a hard fight, but have been repulsed by him who hath seldom refused my request
Robert's constant sinningI went on sinning every hour, and all the while most strenuously warring against sin
Robert's preferential treatment of the electFrom a supposition that he might be one of the justified, I refrained from doing him any injury
Robert's opinion on womenThe most dangerous of all snares
Robert's attraction to Gil-MartinI felt a sort of invisible power which drew me towards him, something like the force of enchantment, which I could not resist
Robert's fear of Gil-MartinI had a secret fear he was advancing blasphemies
Rev Wringhim's rebuke to Lady DalcastleThou pretendest to preach what thou knowest not
Robert's murderous tendenciesMore congenial to my nature to be cutting sinners off with the sword
Gil-Martin's lineageI have no parents save one, whom I do not acknowledge
Robert's inflated sense of self-importanceI am the sword of the Lord, and Famine and Pestilence are my sisters
Robert's multiple personalitiesIn generally conceive myself to be two people
The Man's opinion of RobertMost just, devout and religious miscreant
Robert's dread of Gil-MartinWhose presence and counsels I now dreaded more than Hell
Robert's companionship with the devilThey say the deil's often seen gaun sidie for sidie w'ye... An they say that he whiles tak your ain shape, or else enters into you, and then you turn a deil yoursel
Gil-Martin's mastery over RobertHis ascendency over me was as complete as that of a huntsman over his dogs
Robert's entrapmentThe predicament of the web
Robert's final feelingsI am the child of earthly misery and despair
Robert's despairIf the horrors of hell are equal to those I have suffered, eternity will be of short duration there
Robert's goodbyeFarewell, woman, whom I have despised and shunned; and man, whom I have hated


Short Stories

Mary Burnet

Question Answer
Allanson's desiresHe wished some witch or fairy would influence Mary to come to him in spite of her maidenly scruples
The supernatural forceSome energy beyond the power of man to comprehend
Mary's sufferingsThe sufferings I have undergone this night have been beyond the power of flesh and blood to endure
Mary telling Allanson to POI therefore pray you, in his name whose law you have transgressed, to depart out of my sight
Allanson's fear of being possessedIt is all the enchantment of the devil; the evil spirits have got dominion over me!
Andrew Burnet's opinion as to the supernatural perpetratorthe spirit tat courtit wi' poor sinfu' Jock there, has been a fairy; but whether a good ain or an ill ane, it is hard to determine
Mrs Burnet's kindnessThis spark of genuine humanity
Andrew Burnet's quandarynane o' us can tell whether it was in the Almighty's name or the devil's that she discharged her lover
The story's hyperbolised natureThe story soon got abroad, with all its horrid circumstance (and there is little doubt that it was grievously exaggerated)
Allanson's wickidnessHe grew ten times more wickid than before
The world's best ever possible Hogg quoteWe are wondering in a world of enchantment, and have been influenced by some agencies above human nature
Lack of solidityHow can human comprehension make anything of this?
The narrator's opinionWhat a beautiful moral may be extracted from this fairy tale!

The Cameronian Preacher's Tale

Question Answer
Introduction to storyIt is one of those terrible sermons which God preaches to mankind, of blood unrighteously shed, and most wondrously avenged
Narrator's claim of veracityListen, therefore, my children, to a tale of truth, and may you profit by it!
Walter Johnstone's descriptionWalter Johnstone, a man open hearted and kindly
John Macmillan's descriptionJohn Macmillan, a ,man of nature grasping and sordid
Narrator's opinion on commerce Bargain making and money seeking narroweth the heart and shuts up generosity of soul
Revenge'Revenge is mine,' saith the Lord, which meaneth not because it is too sweet a morsel for man, as the scoffer said, but because it is too dangerous
Characters of the witnessesRespectable men with characters above suspicion
Judge's verdictOn the murderer, the Most High will lay his hot right hand, visibly and before men, that we may know that blood unjustly shed will be avenged
Macmillan's scoffingTo mortal man is not given the wisdom of God
Macmillan-ghost's testamentthe end of man is not when his body goes to dust; he exists in another plane, and from that state am I permitted to come to you
Second narrator's opinion on first narratorA gift in sarcasm which the wildest dreaded

The Brownie of the Black Haggs

Question Answer
Lady Wheelhope's unpleasantnessAn inexorable tyrant in her family
The Laird's mantraI wish she mayna hae gotten something she had been the waur of
Merodach's descriptionHe had the form of a boy, but the features of one a hundred years old, save that his eyes had a brilliancy and restlessness which was very extraordinary
Lady Wheelhope gets ownedIn all her encounters and contests with him, she would uniformly come to the worst: he was resolved to do his duty
Lady's unpleasantness distracted by MerodachAll her wicked and evil propensities seemed to be superseded if not utterly absorbed by it
Lady's madnessIt was a delirium of hatred and vengeance
Merodach's weirdnessHe was a strange and terrible creature
Merodach's warningAll thy mischief meditated upon me will fall double on thine own head
Merodach's supernatural airA creature that was 'not canny'
Wattie Blythe's verdictThe leddy has made a 'lopement, as they ca't, and run away after a blackguard jottery-man
The devil's insidiousnessWhen aince the deil gets in the point o' his finger he wil soon have in his hail hand
Scots flirtingNipping and scarting is Scots folk's wooing
Women = badOf a' things made o' mortal flesh a wicked woman is the warst
Lady's obsessionIt was not a look of love or hatred exclusively, neither was it of desire or disgust, but it was a combination of them all
Merodach's hatred of the bibleI request that you will shut that book, sir... if you do not, I will shut it for you, with a vengeance
Pity for Lady WheelhopePoor devoted dame
Narrator's conclusionI can scarcely believe the tale can be true