by Robert Louis Stevenson

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In the forenoon of the second day, coming to the top of a hill, I saw all the country fallaway before me down to the sea; and in the midst of this descent, on a long ridge, the city ofEdinburgh smoking like a kiln. There was a flag upon the castle, and ships moving or lyinganchored in the firth; both of which, for as far away as they were, I could distinguishclearly; and both brought my country heart into my mouth.Presently after, I came by a house where a shepherd lived, and got a rough direction forthe neighbourhood of Cramond; and so, from one to another, worked my way to thewestward of the capital by Colinton, till I came out upon the Glasgow road. And there, to mygreat pleasure and wonder, I beheld a regiment marching to the fifes, every foot in time; anold red-faced general on a grey horse at the one end, and at the other the company ofGrenadiers, with their Pope's-hats. The pride of life seemed to mount into my brain at thesight of the red coats and the hearing of that merry music.A little farther on, and I was told I was in Cramond parish, and began to substitute in myinquiries the name of the house of Shaws. It was a word that seemed to surprise those ofwhom I sought my way. At first I thought the plainness of my appearance, in my countryhabit, and that all dusty from the road, consorted ill with the greatness of the place towhich I was bound. But after two, or maybe three, had given me the same look and thesame answer, I began to take it in my head there was something strange about the Shawsitself.The better to set this fear at rest, I changed the form of my inquiries; and spying anhonest fellow coming along a lane on the shaft of his cart, I asked him if he had ever heardtell of a house they called the house of Shaws.He stopped his cart and looked at me, like the others."Ay" said he. "What for?""It's a great house?" I asked."Doubtless," says he. "The house is a big, muckle house.""Ay," said I, "but the folk that are in it?""Folk?" cried he. "Are ye daft? There's nae folk there-to call folk.""What?" say I; "not Mr. Ebenezer?""Ou, ay" says the man; "there's the laird, to be sure, if it's him you're wanting. What'll likebe your business, mannie?""I was led to think that I would get a situation," I said, looking as modest as I could."What?" cries the carter, in so sharp a note that his very horse started; and then, "Well,mannie," he added, "it's nane of my affairs; but ye seem a decent-spoken lad; and if ye'lltake a word from me, ye'll keep clear of the Shaws."

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ISBN-13: 9781846371677
Publisher: Pbshop.Co.UK Ltd DBA Echo Library
Publication date: 12/09/2005
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,086,309
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (13 November 1850 - 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist and travel writer, most noted for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses.

Born and educated in Edinburgh, Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial trouble for much of his life, but continued to write prolifically and travel widely in defiance of his poor health. As a young man, he mixed in London literary circles, receiving encouragement from Andrew Lang, Edmund Gosse, Leslie Stephen and W. E. Henley, the last of whom may have provided the model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island. In 1890, he settled in Samoa, where he died in 1894.[1]

A celebrity in his lifetime, Stevenson's critical reputation has fluctuated since his death, though today his works are held in general acclaim. He is currently ranked as the 26th most translated author in the world.

Date of Birth:

November 13, 1850

Date of Death:

December 3, 1894

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Vailima, Samoa


Edinburgh University, 1875

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Table of Contents


Title Page,
Bibliographical Note,
Copyright Page,
1. I Set Off upon My Journey to the House of Shaws,
2. I Come to My Journey's End,
3. I Make Acquaintance of My Uncle,
4. I Run a Great Danger in the House of Shaws,
5. I Go to the Queen's Ferry,
6. What Befell at the Queen's Ferry,
7. I Go to Sea in the Brig Covenant of Dysart,
8. The Roundhouse,
9. The Man with the Belt of Gold,
10. The Siege of the Roundhouse,
11. The Captain Knuckles Under,
12. I Hear of the "Red Fox",
13. The Loss of the Brig,
14. The Islet,
15. The Lad with the Silver Button: Through the Isle of Mull,
16. The Lad with the Silver Button: Across Morven,
17. The Death of the Red Fox,
18. I Talk with Alan in the Wood of Lettermore,
19. The House of Fear,
20. The Flight in the Heather: The Rocks,
21. The Flight in the Heather: The Heugh of Corrynakiegh,
22. The Flight in the Heather: The Moor,
23. Cluny's Cage,
24. The Flight in the Heather: The Quarrel,
25. In Balquhidder,
26. End of the Flight: We Pass the Forth,
27. I Come to Mr. Rankeillor,
28. I Go in Quest of My Inheritance,
29. I come into My Kingdom,
30. Good-bye,

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