The story, laid on the border between Scotland and England, depends for its significance on the peculiar Scotch marriage law and turns on the question as to whether the Boar's Head Inn, where the marriage took place, is really in Scotland, or south of the line. It is, we find, truly in Scotland, and the ceremony valid. Hazel Kirke, pretty daughter of an old Scotch miller, is betrothed to 'Squire Rodney, an elderly man of means, who has financially aided her father. Before the marriage, a young English nobleman, Lord Travers, while hunting near the mill, falls and breaks his arm. The miller hears his cry for aid and carries him home where he meets Hazel and falls deeply in love with her. Hazel does not know his social station, but Squire Rodney, who has recognized Lord Travers, sees that she has returned his affection. The Squire writes to Lady Travers, the youth's mother, who has decided on another match for him, and soon the miller receives a letter from her, asking him to send the ...
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