National Geographic : 1957 Oct
476 Her enthusiasm sparkled over everything she showed us, from the bedrooms occupied by Boswell and Johnson in 1773 to the bottle neck dungeon where MacLeods of old were able to dispose of unwanted visitors. The name comes from its odd shape, with a bottle neck opening on top through which prisoners could be dropped. Dame Flora's forebears entertained Bos well and Dr. Johnson for eight days, and Dr. Johnson could hardly tear himself from Dunvegan. So elegant was his entertainment that he became quite joyous. "Boswell," he said, laughing, "we came in at the wrong end of the island." "Sir," said Boswell, "it was best to keep this for the last." "I would have it both first and last," the good doctor answered. From Johnson-whose tongue and wit were usually equally sharp-this was an astound ing tribute. Indeed, when a Scot once praised his country's noble prospects, or vistas, John son thundered: "Sir, I believe the noblest prospect that a Scotsman ever sees is the road which leads him to England!"