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"The Antiquary" (1816) is Sir Walter Scott's self proclaimed best novel. Set in Scotland during the late 18th century, this tale follows the mysterious Mr. William Lovel and the various relationships that shape and transform his life in Scotland. Considered Scott's only gothic novel, "The Antiquary" is replete with a fantastic grittiness that is unseen in his "Ivanhoe" (1819). As Lovel reaches the seaside town of Fairport he meets and befriends a peculiar yet fascinating antiquary named Jonathan Oldbuck. Their friendship reveals an array of problems in the social tapestry that makes up their Scottish surroundings. Filled with supernatural intrigue, romance, and history, "The Antiquary" is demonstrative of Sir Walter Scott's ability to weave gripping story lines together within an exciting historical context. His mastery of the novel allows for a realist portrayal of the Scottish peasantry while maintaining the spirit of an adventure.