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SCOTTISH NOVELS OF THE SECOND CLASS.
“Ringan GilHaiZE,” “The Trials humour and the vulgarity of the of Margaret Lindsay,” and “Regi- tales is also very much upon a panald Dalton," are the works we mean rallel. to notice under this title, which of Mr Galt, who, we believe, is now right, however, belongs only to the generally admitted to be the author, last of them: for the first is inferior is not a man of an original or compreto the second, the second to the third, hensive mind; be possesses merely a and it is only this last, which, as limited talent in a particular departcompared with the novels and tales ment, and the department in which from the inimitable pen of the Au. he does excel, is one for which, we thor of Waverley, deserves to be de- must confess, we have no very great seribed as really and truly of the se sympathy or admiration. In that cond order of merit. Ringan Gil- particular walk, however, we are haize” is the work of a person who ready to admit that his inerits are has written a great deal-to some considerable. He is a close observer purpose-and, among other things, of the habits of the lower classes, * The Earthquake" and "Wheelie:" rather deep-read in “the humble ancommon report ascribes the “Trials pals of the poor,"--and certainly of Margaret Lindsay" to a gentle- paints, with considerable force and man of more genius than observation, humour, the details of the cottage, more enthusiasm than genius, and and the society of country villages. more extravagantsentimentalism than It is true, that, even in the list of correct feeling or refined taste: the these delineations, it was never diffititle-page of " Reginald Dalton" bears cult to point out a grossness of outthat it is by the Author of " Vale- line which bordered on caricature, rius" and " Adam Blair," to both of and a glare of colouring which lookwhich it is, in every point of view, ed like daubing. The humour was incredibly superior.
frequently strained-depending upon “Ringan Ġilhaize.” We have of circumstances either grossly improten thought that there was a consi- bable, or bearing on their face too derable resemblance between the au obvious marks of laborious preparathor of this novel and the driver of tion; and the objection of exaggera stage-coach ;-both condemned to ation applied, with still greater force, trudge over and over again the same to the tone of feeling which charac limited track,—both very much atterized his attempts at the pathetic,home within their narrow range, a tone which was, in general, singuboth profoundly ignorant of every larly inconsistent with the defective thing beyond it, - both grievously dis- intelligence and imperfect sensibiliposed to annoy passengers with long ty of the humble personages among stories - both vociferous laughers at whom the scene was laid. But still their own jokes, while in both, the these defects were not material. In