Maitland returned from Europe and told her mother about finding Roland.
Now, the death of Richard Shields affected Maitland's purposes both favorably and unfavorably.
"You wouldn't have been an officer or a knight," said Maitland.
Not, indeed, that the squirearchy then present were at all disposed to regret Maitland's absence.
Maitland, in his History of Edinburgh, p. 307, calls these cairns the "Cat-heaps."
The father, so he declared, had spoken to him often and anxiously about Margaret, and with dislike and distrust about Maitland.
Whether this (says Maitland) be a corruption of the Catstean I know not.
An insolent toss of the head, as he threw away his cigar, was all Maitland's answer.
Mrs. Maitland says they are not coming back; but are going to let the Laurels.
A very significant smile from Maitland seemed to say that he recognized and enjoyed her generous advocacy of her friend.