Mrs. Woodcourt, after expatiating to us on the fame of her great kinsman, said that no doubt wherever her son Allan went he would remember his pedigree and would on no account form an alliance below it.
Come you, and see my child from hour to hour; set what you see against her pedigree, which is this, and this’—for I scorned to mince it—’and tell me what is the true legitimacy when you shall have quite made up your mind on that subject.’
"Poor Mr. Woodcourt, my dear," she would say, and always with some emotion, for with her lofty pedigree she had a very affectionate heart, "was descended from a great Highland family, the MacCoorts of MacCoort.
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Unless you are an expert in the breed you are looking to buy, it’s unlikely that you, or any novice buyer, will be able to determine for yourself the quality of any untitled dogs in a pedigree.