[The Village Lay In The Hollow, And Climbed, With Very Prosaic Houses, The Other Side. Village Architecture Does Not Flourish In Scotland. The Blue Slates And The Grey Stone Are Sworn Foes To The Picturesque; And Though I Do Not, For My Own Part, Dislike The Interior Of An Old-fashioned Pewed And Galleried Church, With Its Little Family Settlements On All Sides, The Square Box Outside, With Its Bit Of A Spire Like A Handle To Lift It By, Is Not An Improvement To The Landscape. Still, A Cluster Of Houses On Differing Elevations - With Scraps Of Garden Coming In Between, A Hedgerow With Clothes Laid Out To Dry, The Opening Of A Street With Its Rural Sociability, The Women At Their Doors, The Slow Waggon Lumbering Along - Gives A Centre To The Landscape. It Was Cheerful To Look At, And Convenient In A Hundred Ways. ("The Open Door")]

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