"Aweel, my doo, [*dove ] the cat's no a prin the waur--so he's no in, ye say?"
"Na, Mr. Pleydell's ne'er in the house on Saturday at e'en," answered the female voice.
"And the morn's Sabbath too," said the querist "I dinna ken what will be done."
By this time Mannering appeared, and found a tall strong countryman, clad in a coat of pepper-and-salt coloured mixture, with huge metal buttons, a glazed hat and boots, and a large horsewhip beneath his arm, in colloquy with a slipshod damsel--I, who had in one hand the lock of the door, and in the other a pail of whiting, or camstane, as it is called, mixed with water--a circumstance which indicates Saturday night in Edinburgh.
"So Mr. Pleydell is not at home, my good girl?" said Mannering.
"Ay, sir, he's at hame, but he's no in the house: he's aye out on Saturday at e'en."
"But, try good girl, I am a stranger, and my business express--Will you tell me where I can find him?"
"His honour," said the chairman, "will be at Clerihugh's about this time--Hersell could hae tell'd ye that, but she thought ye wanted to see his house."