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St. Ives By Robert Louis Stevenson
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Jacques St. Ives is a much-envied officer in Napoleon's army who requests a demotion in rank so as to avoid a number of duels from fellow officers, who may challenge only those of an equal rank. To... More > his shock, Jacques is demoted to the rank of private by a furious commander and is sent to the front where, through a mishap, he is taken prisoner and sent to Scotland where the prison warden is a bored British officer, Major Farquar Chevening. The major lusts for a local lovely, Flora (Anna Friel), but she lusts for Jacques. A comedy farce set in 1813, with snappy one-liners, broad slapstick and loveable eccentrics.< Less
Across the Plains By Robert Louis Stevenson
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“…one child, who had lost her parents, screamed steadily and with increasing shrillness, as though verging towards a fit; an official kept her by him, but no one else seemed so much as... More > to remark her distress; and I am ashamed to say that I ran among the rest”. Across the plains describes Stevenson's arrival at New York as an immigrant, along with hundreds of other Europeans, and his train journey from New York to San Francisco in an immigrant train. Stevenson describes the train as having three sections: one for women and children, one for men, and one for Chinese. He notes that while the Europeans looked down on the Chinese for being dirty, in fact the Chinese carriages were the freshest and their passengers the cleanest.< Less
Treasure Island By Robert Louis Stevenson
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A mysterious map, pirates, and pieces of eight! When young Jim Hawkins finds a map to pirates’ gold he starts on an adventure that takes him from his English village to a desert island with the... More > murderous Black Dog, half-mad Ben Gunn, and (of course) Long John Silver. Arr Jim lad! R.L. Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Scotland and travelled extensively in California and the south Pacific.< Less
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson
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After hearing Mr. Enfield’s account of a distressing event involving Edward Hyde, the heir of his friend (Henry Jekyll), John Utterson is convinced that Jekyll’s relationship with Hyde is... More > built on something sinister. Utterson’s concern for his friend is not unfounded but the reasons aren’t quite what he, at first, believes…< Less

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