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Sir Quixote of the Moors

Sir Quixote of the Moors: being some account of an episode in the life of the Sieur de Rohaine is a short 1895 novel by the Scottish author John Buchan. It is an undergraduate at Glasgow University. Buchan's original title was Sir Quixote, he was annoyed by the addition of "of the Moors" by his publisher; the novel is set in Galloway in Scotland during the Covenanting period. In an introductory preface, the author explains that the main narrative is supposed to have been written by the Sieur de Rohaine, "to while away the time during the long and painful captivity, born with heroic resolution, which preceded his death". Jean de Rohaine, a French soldier and gentleman in his late 30s, has become impoverished through gaming. Recalling an invitation from an old Scottish friend, Quentin Kennedy, Rohaine travels to Galloway to stay with him. Rohaine longs for some military action, he is pleased when Kennedy asks him to ride out with his dragoons to ‘redd the marches’ on behalf of the King, but is horrified to find that this involves persecuting and butchering the local Covenanting cottagers.

He leaves indignantly on horseback, rides off in bad weather across the moors, becoming lost. Stumbling across a local inn, he stays the night and just manages to escape as he is about to be robbed and murdered by the innkeeper and a band of ruffians; as he continues across the moor his condition worsens and he collapses and exhausted, at the threshold of the manse of Lindean. He is cared for by Anne, daughter of the elderly minister Ephraim Lambert, she is betrothed to Henry Semple, a young laird staying there, driven from his own nearby estate by the King’s soldiers. A visitor arrives to warn Lambert and Semple that a warrant has been issued for their arrest after they were spotted at an illegal religious meeting; as arrest will mean certain death they need to flee and their only option is to hide out on the moors. Unable to take Anne with them, unwilling to leave her unprotected, Semple extracts from a rather unwilling Rohaine his word of honour to remain in the house as her protector until the fugitives can return.

As the weeks go by, Anne’s bearing changes from reserved and sombre to become more open and light-hearted. Rohaine realises that she has fallen in love with him, he with her, though they never speak of their feelings and he does nothing to betray his position of trust. Rohaine is informed that the authorities know of Lambert and Semple’s hiding place, he goes to warn them. Semple comes to the manse, concealing himself from Anne, tells Rohaine that Lambert is near to death. Semple is wild-eyed and appears to have lost his reason. Rohaine spends a tormented night agonising over the conflict between his desire for Anne and his pledge to protect her for Semple, he decides that his oath prevents him from declaring his love, that he must leave. In the morning, as he prepares to depart, she at last declares herself, but he is resolute; the novel ends with him riding away: “A fierce north wind met me in the teeth, piercing through my tatters, sent a shiver to my heart ". A pirated version of the book published in the United States changed Buchan's ending by adding without his knowledge an unauthorised final paragraph:“I cannot recall my thoughts during that ride: I seem not to have thought at all.

All I know is that in about an hour there came to my mind, as from a voice, the words: ‘Recreant! Fool!’ and I turned back.” It is this unauthorised US version, digitised by Project Gutenberg and FadedPage. Although Sir Quixote received little review coverage on publication, what it did receive was good. One reviewer noted that Buchan's anachronistic tendency to scrutinise motive "lifts the romance far above such ingenious trifling as... Hope's Prisoner of Zenda". David Daniell in The Interpreter's House stated that while Sir Quixote is "an uncomfortable book" it is "a little masterpiece, astonishingly percipient for an adolescent Victorian". Daniell perceived a difference between Buchan's "literary" and "observed" landscapes, with the former being that of a writer who has read a great deal of French romance, or who has nicely compressed Sir Walter Scott. Buchan's observed Scottish landscape, on the other hand, is quite different: he has seen it, has brooded on the words for it. Daniell commended Buchan's understanding of the power of religious experience, forced to a dilemma without solution, the awakening of passion and the loss of innocence.

Writing for the John Buchan Society website, Ronald Hargreaves suggested that the novel exhibits many of the notable features of Buchan's works, including compelling descriptions, narrative pace, skilful storytelling, concepts of honour and duty. The idea of the nobility of sacrifice is central, as it would be many years in Buchan's last work, Sick Heart River. Sir Quixote of the Moors at Project Gutenberg Sir Quixote of the Moors at Faded Page

Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award

The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award is the oldest of three annual awards in Major League Baseball given to one player in each league who has reemerged as a star in that season. It was established in 1965; the winner in each league is selected by the TSN editorial staff. In 2005, Major League Baseball sponsored its own Comeback Player of the Year Award for the first time. TSN and MLB honored the same players in 2005—Ken Griffey, Jr. in the National League and Jason Giambi in the American League. The Players Choice Awards, awarded by the Major League Baseball Players Association began a Comeback Player honor in 1992. Listed below are the players honored with the TSN award by year, name and league; the only players to be named twice in the American League are Norm Cash, Boog Powell and Bret Saberhagen. The only players to be named twice in the National League are Chris Carpenter; the only player to be named in both leagues is Rick Sutcliffe. Jose Fernandez is the only player to be named posthumously.

Since the official MLB Comeback Player of the Year award began in 2005, the recipients have been identical to the TSN award with the following exceptions: 2008 NL, 2010 AL, 2012 AL, 2016 AL, 2016 NL. Bob Uecker has joked. In reality, he never won the award. Baseball awards List of MLB awards TSN Player of the Year TSN Pitcher of the Year TSN Rookie of the Year TSN Reliever of the Year TSN Manager of the Year TSN Executive of the Year