The Master of Ballantrae, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Table of Contents

  1. Summary of Events During this Master’s Wanderings.
  2. Summary of Events (continued)
  3. The Master’s Wanderings.
  4. Persecutions Endured by Mr. Henry.
  5. Account of All that Passed on the Night on February 27th, 1757.
  6. Summary of Events During the Master’s Second Absence.
  7. Adventure of Chevalier Burke in India.
  8. The Enemy in the House.
  9. Mr. Mackellar’s Journey with the Master.
  10. Passages at New York.
  11. The Journey in the Wilderness.
  12. The Journey in the Wilderness (continued).

To Sir Percy Florence and Lady Shelley

Here is a tale which extends over many years and travels into many countries. By a peculiar fitness of circumstance the writer began, continued it, and concluded it among distant and diverse scenes. Above all, he was much upon the sea. The character and fortune of the fraternal enemies, the hall and shrubbery of Durrisdeer, the problem of Mackellar’s homespun and how to shape it for superior flights; these were his company on deck in many star-reflecting harbours, ran often in his mind at sea to the tune of slatting canvas, and were dismissed (something of the suddenest) on the approach of squalls. It is my hope that these surroundings of its manufacture may to some degree find favour for my story with seafarers and sea-lovers like yourselves.

And at least here is a dedication from a great way off: written by the loud shores of a subtropical island near upon ten thousand miles from Boscombe Chine and Manor: scenes which rise before me as I write, along with the faces and voices of my friends.

Well, I am for the sea once more; no doubt Sir Percy also. Let us make the signal B. R. D.!

R. L. S.

WAIKIKI, May 17, 1889

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