"We soon found Hogg, standing near the foot of the market"
John Steell’s statue of James Hogg with his sheepdog in Peaston, East Lothian
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeJohn Steell’s statue of James Hogg with his sheepdog in Peaston, East Lothian - Credit: James Denham

This sly introduction of the author as a character in his own work can be seen as another instance of doubling, whereby Hogg the creator comes faces to face with Hogg the creation. His characterisation of himself as gruff, unhelpful and uncommunicative is at odds with the conventional role of the storyteller. It is, however, entirely in keeping with his authorial position in the Private Memoirs, in which he taunts the reader by refusing to offer a definitive interpretation just as he refuses to assist the Editor here.