Edinburgh, Scotland, March 1827: John McGregor works all day to support his wife, Aggie, a fat drunk who sleeps incessantly, snoring, and has not left their cottage in two years. He does a lot of hauling for Hare, whom he suspects of being a resurrectionist, who digs up bodies to supply to medical schools. McGregor notes that some people who enter Hare's hotel never walk out again. McGregor is unhappy, and imagines killing his wife via bashing her head with a stone, drowning, and hanging, but realizes that none of those routes would be successful. One day he picks up another box of tanbark from Burke and Hare to deliver to Dr. Knox's medical museum. Knox says that he needs all of the tanbark to "spread around." McGregor notices a shock of human hair hanging from the box, and opens it with his pocket knife. He sees that the box contains the body of Elsie, the match vendor who was alive and well yesterday, frolicking in the spring countryside with Tommy Lad. McGregor decides to make ... Written by
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I understand that the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made music has never equaled the purity of sound achieved by the pig.