Chapter 10 - (VERSO)
outweigh the disadvantages of the concrete. But one can never reckon with real, bred-in-the-bone old-maidism.
One morning Mr. Malcolm MacPherson told us all that he was coming up that evening to make Aunt Olivia set the day. Peggy and I laughingly approved, telling him that it was high time for him to assert his authority, and he went off in
high great good humor across the river field, whistling a Highland strathspey. But Aunt Olivia looked like a martyr. She had a fierce attack of housecleaning that day, and put everything in flawless order, even to the corners.
From "Aunt Olivia's Beau."
"strathspey": a graceful Scottish dance tune, slower than a reel, e.g., "The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond."