Written from firsthand experience by Captain John Patrick, who enlisted as an ambulance driver in the American Field Service, The Hasty Heart achieves its most eloquent moment when its young hero Lachlen McLachlen proposes to his nurse Margaret. 'I'm nae much of a mon on the surface," he says, "but I've a great and powerful will tae work. ... I think ye can coont on ma' living tae a ripe auld age.... I've a fearf'l temper-but I dinna think I'll ever make ye suffer fur it. . . . I'm 21. I'm nae tattooed. I'm nae legitimate. Ma' mother was nae wed. I've guid teeth. I carry nae insurance. But I've ma' land. I hope ye'll nae be hasty in considering ma' proposal."


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