THE WINDOWran like an alphabet from A to Z). Somebodywould reach it—if not he, then another. Thisman’s strength and sanity, his feeling for straight-forward simple things, these fishermen, the poorold crazed creature in Mucklebackit’s cottagemade him feel so vigorous, so relieved of some-thing that he felt roused and triumphant and couldnot choke back his tears. Raising the book alittle to hide his face he let them fall and shookhis head from side to side and forgot himselfcompletely (but not one or two reflections aboutmorality and French novels and English novelsand Scott's hands being tied but his view perhapsbeing as true as the other view) forgot his ownbothers and failures completely in poor Steenie’sdrowning and Mucklebackit’s sorrow (that wasgalHB: Pencil note is actually erased.Scott HB: Erased pencil mark indicating the beginning of a galley.  at his best) and the astonishing delight andfeeling of vigour that it gave him.___ HB Pencil mark; possibly a compositor’s indication of a starting point for typesetting

Well, let them improve upon that, he thoughtas he finished the chapter. He felt that he hadbeen arguing with somebody, and had got thebetter of him. They could not improve uponthat, whatever they might say; and his ownposition became more secure. The lovers werefiddlesticks;, /VW: Above the marginal comma is what appears to be an aborted alternative. —saraheilefsonhe thought, collecting it all in hismind again. That’s fiddlesticks, that’s first-rate,he thought, putting one thing beside another.But he must read it again. He could not remem-185
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