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Erchie, My Droll Friend

Neil Munro

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I declare, Erchie, if I havena forgotten some sweeties for the kirk the morn,” she says; “put on yer kep and come awa’ oot wi’ me; ye’ll be nane the waur o’ a breath o’ fresh air.”

Erchie-puts down his ‘Weekly Mail,’ stifling a sigh and pocketing his spectacles. The night may be raw and wet, the streets full of mire, the kitchen more snug and clean and warm than any palace, but he never on such occasion says her nay. “You and your sweeties!” he exclaims, lacing his boots; “I’m shair ye never eat ony, in the kirk or onywhere else.”

“And whit dae ye th’ink I wad be buyin’ them for if it wasna to keep me frae gantin’ in the kirk when the sermon’s dreich?”

“Maybe for pappin’ at the cats in the back coort,” he retorts. &l. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"A flet fit and a warm hert!"

This consists of 142 short pieces which the author wrote for a Glasgow newspaper from 1902 to 1926. Erchie is an elderly church beadle who also works as a waiter. The pieces are mainly Erchie's musings on events happening at the time although there are a few pieces which actually tell a story abo...more