An Appropriate Version

The late Dr. Adam, Rector of the Grammar School,
Edinburgh, was supposed by his scholars to exercise a strong partiality for

such as were of patrician descent; and on one occasion was very smartly

reminded of it by a boy of mean parentage, whom he was reprehending rather

severely for his ignorance--much more so than the boy thought he would have

done, had he been the son of a _right honourable_, or even less. "You

dunce," exclaimed the rector, "I don't think you can even translate the

motto of your own native place, of the _gude_ town of Edinburgh. What,

sir, does '_Nisi Dominus frustra_,' mean?" "It means, sir," rejoined the

boy, "that unless we are lords' sons, it is in vain to come here."

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