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Vailima Letters - Chapter XL Vailima Letters - Chapter XL

Vailima Letters - Chapter XL
VAILIMA, June 18th, 94.MY DEAR COLVIN, - You are to please understand that my last letter is withdrawn unconditionally. You and Baxter are having all the trouble of this Edition, and I simply put myself in your hands for you to do what you like with me, and I am sure that will be the best, at any rate. Hence you are to conceive me withdrawing all objections to your printing anything you please. After all it is a sort of family affair. About the Miscellany Section, both plans seem to me quite good. Toss up. I think the OLD GARDENER... Nonfictions - Post by : fantasma - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2084

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXIX Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXIX

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXIX
VAILIMA, MAY 18TH, 1894.MY DEAR COLVIN, - Your proposals for the Edinburgh edition are entirely to my mind. About the AMATEUR EMIGRANT, it shall go to you by this mail well slashed. If you like to slash some more on your own account, I give you permission. 'Tis not a great work; but since it goes to make up the two first volumes as proposed, I presume it has not been written in vain. - MISCELLANIES. I see with some alarm the proposal to print JUVENILIA; does it not seem to you taking myself a little too much as Grandfather William?... Nonfictions - Post by : a5508902 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2155

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXVIII Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXVIII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXVIII
MARCH 1894.MY DEAR COLVIN, - This is the very day the mail goes, and I have as yet written you nothing. But it was just as well - as it was all about my 'blacks and chocolates,' and what of it had relation to whites you will read some of in the TIMES. It means, as you will see, that I have at one blow quarrelled with all the officials of Samoa, the Foreign Office, and I suppose her Majesty the Queen with milk and honey blest. But you'll see in the TIMES. I am very well indeed, but just about... Nonfictions - Post by : greenfish - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2416

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXVII Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXVII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXVII
FEB. 1894.DEAR COLVIN, - By a reaction, when your letter is a little decent, mine is to be naked and unashamed. We have been much exercised. No one can prophesy here, of course, and the balance still hangs trembling, but I THINK it will go for peace.The mail was very late this time; hence the paltryness of this note. When it came and I had read it, I retired with THE EBB TIDE and read it all before I slept. I did not dream it was near as good; I am afraid I think it excellent. A little indecision about Attwater,... Nonfictions - Post by : briank99 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2608

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXVI Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXVI

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXVI
VAILIMA,JAN. 29TH, 1894.MY DEAR COLVIN, - I had fully intended for your education and moral health to fob you off with the meanest possible letter this month, and unfortunately I find I will have to treat you to a good long account of matters here. I believe I have told you before about Tui-ma-le-alii-fano and my taking him down to introduce him to the Chief Justice. Well, Tui came back to Vailima one day in the blackest sort of spirits, saying the war was decided, that he also must join in the fight, and that there was no hope whatever of... Nonfictions - Post by : jsypolt - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 3499

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXV Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXV

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXV
MY DEAR COLVIN, - One page out of my picture book I must give you. Fine burning day; half past two P.M. We four begin to rouse up from reparatory slumbers, yawn, and groan, get a cup of tea, and miserably dress: we have had a party the day before, X'mas Day, with all the boys absent but one, and latterly two; we had cooked all day long, a cold dinner, and lo! at two our guests began to arrive, though dinner was not till six; they were sixteen, and fifteen slept the night and breakfasted. Conceive, then, how unwillingly we... Nonfictions - Post by : anthony_hms - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2442

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXIV Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXIV

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXIV
WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, H. 1.OCT. 23rd, 1893.DEAR COLVIN, - My wife came up on the steamer and we go home together in 2 days. I am practically all right, only sleepy and tired easily, slept yesterday from 11 to 11.45, from 1 to 2.50, went to bed at 8 P.M., and with an hour's interval slept till 6 A.M., close upon 14 hours out of the 24. We sail to-morrow. I am anxious to get home, though this has been an interesting visit, and politics have been curious indeed to study. We go to P.P.C. on the 'Queen' this morning; poor, recluse... Nonfictions - Post by : Joshua_Ditty - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1995

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXIII Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXIII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXIII
23RD AUGUST.MY DEAR COLVIN, - Your pleasing letter RE THE EBB TIDE, to hand. I propose, if it be not too late, to delete Lloyd's name. He has nothing to do with the last half. The first we wrote together, as the beginning of a long yarn. The second is entirely mine; and I think it rather unfair on the young man to couple his name with so infamous a work. Above all, as you had not read the two last chapters, which seem to me the most ugly and cynical of all.You will see that I am not in a... Nonfictions - Post by : programalert - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2302

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXII Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXII
AUGUST, 1893.MY DEAR COLVIN, - Quite impossible to write. Your letter is due to-day; a nasty, rainy-like morning with huge blue clouds, and a huge indigo shadow on the sea, and my lamp still burning at near 7. Let me humbly give you news. Fanny seems on the whole the most, or the only, powerful member of the family; for some days she has been the Flower of the Flock. Belle is begging for quinine. Lloyd and Graham have both been down with 'belly belong him' (Black Boy speech). As for me, I have to lay aside my lawn tennis, having... Nonfictions - Post by : jakbr - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2122

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXI Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXI

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXXI
SATURDAY, 24TH (?) JUNE.MY DEAR COLVIN - Yesterday morning, after a day of absolute temperance, I awoke to the worst headache I had had yet. Accordingly, temperance was said farewell to, quinine instituted, and I believe my pains are soon to be over. We wait, with a kind of sighing impatience, for war to be declared, or to blow finally off, living in the meanwhile in a kind of children's hour of firelight and shadow and preposterous tales; the king seen at night galloping up our road upon unknown errands and covering his face as he passes our cook; Mataafa daily... Nonfictions - Post by : drew_man - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2762

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXX Vailima Letters - Chapter XXX

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXX
29TH MAY.MY DEAR COLVIN, - Still grinding at Chap. XI. I began many days ago on p. 93, and am still on p. 93, which is exhilarating, but the thing takes shape all the same and should make a pretty lively chapter for an end of it. For XII. is only a footnote AD EXPLICANDUM.JUNE THE 1ST.Back on p. 93. I was on 100 yesterday, but read it over and condemned it.10 A. M.I have worked up again to 97, but how? The deuce fly away with literature, for the basest sport in creation. But it's got to come straight! and... Nonfictions - Post by : OnlineBooks - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1940

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXIX Vailima Letters - Chapter XXIX

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXIX
25TH APRIL.MY DEAR COLVIN, - To-day early I sent down to Maben (Secretary of State) an offer to bring up people from Malie, keep them in my house, and bring them down day by day for so long as the negotiation should last. I have a favourable answer so far. This I would not have tried, had not old Sir George Grey put me on my mettle; 'Never despair,' was his word; and 'I am one of the few people who have lived long enough to see how true that is.' Well, thereupon I plunged in; and the thing may do... Nonfictions - Post by : sweetsuccess - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1200

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXVIII Vailima Letters - Chapter XXVIII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXVIII
APRIL, 1893.1. SLIP 3. Davie would be ATTRACTED into a similar dialect, as he is later - e.g., with Doig, chapter XIX. This is truly Scottish.4, TO LIGHTLY; correct; 'to lightly' is a good regular Scots verb.15. See Allan Ramsay's works.15, 16. Ay, and that is one of the pigments with which I am trying to draw the character of Prestongrange. 'Tis a most curious thing to render that kind, insignificant mask. To make anything precise is to risk my effect. And till the day he died, DAVIE was never sure of what P. was after. Not only so; very often... Nonfictions - Post by : joweave - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2113

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXVII Vailima Letters - Chapter XXVII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXVII
Bad pen, bad ink,bad light, badblotting-paper.S. S. MARIPOSA, AT SEA.APIA DUE BY DAYBREAK TO-MORROW 9 P.M.MY DEAR COLVIN, - Have had an amusing but tragic holiday, from which we return in disarray. Fanny quite sick, but I think slowly and steadily mending; Belle in a terrific state of dentistry troubles which now seem calmed; and myself with a succession of gentle colds out of which I at last succeeded in cooking up a fine pleurisy. By stopping and stewing in a perfectly airless state-room I seem to have got rid of the pleurisy. Poor Fanny had very little fun of her... Nonfictions - Post by : astire - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2643

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXVI Vailima Letters - Chapter XXVI

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXVI
AT SEA, S.S. & MARIPOSA,FEB. 19th, '93.MY DEAR COLVIN, - You will see from this heading that I am not dead yet nor likely to be. I was pretty considerably out of sorts, and that is indeed one reason why Fanny, Belle, and I have started out for a month's lark. To be quite exact, I think it will be about five weeks before we get home. We shall stay between two and three in Sydney. Already, though we only sailed yesterday, I am feeling as fit as a fiddle. Fanny ate a whole fowl for breakfast, to say nothing of... Nonfictions - Post by : TeeJay - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 3006

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXV Vailima Letters - Chapter XXV

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXV
JANUARY 1893.MY DEAR COLVIN, - You are properly paid at last, and it is like you will have but a shadow of a letter. I have been pretty thoroughly out of kilter; first a fever that would neither come on nor go off, then acute dyspepsia, in the weakening grasp of which I get wandering between the waking state and one of nightmare. Why the devil does no one send me ATALANTA? And why are there no proofs of D. Balfour? Sure I should have had the whole, at least the half, of them by now; and it would be all... Nonfictions - Post by : stevet - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1252

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXIV Vailima Letters - Chapter XXIV

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXIV
DEC. 1ST.MY DEAR COLVIN, - Another grimy little odd and end of paper, for which you shall be this month repaid in kind, and serve you jolly well right. . . The new house is roofed; it will be a braw house, and what is better, I have my yearly bill in, and I find I can pay for it. For all which mercies, etc. I must have made close on 4,000 pounds this year all told; but, what is not so pleasant, I seem to have come near to spending them. I have been in great alarm, with this new... Nonfictions - Post by : JayCapo1 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1566

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXIII Vailima Letters - Chapter XXIII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXIII
VAILIMA, OCTOBER 28TH, 1892.MY DEAR COLVIN, - This is very late to begin the monthly budget, but I have a good excuse this time, for I have had a very annoying fever with symptoms of sore arm, and in the midst of it a very annoying piece of business which suffered no delay or idleness. . . . The consequence of all this was that my fever got very much worse and your letter has not been hitherto written. But, my dear fellow, do compare these little larky fevers with the fine, healthy, prostrating colds of the dear old dead days... Nonfictions - Post by : cbsbo - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1203

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXII Vailima Letters - Chapter XXII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXII
THURSDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER.MY DEAR COLVIN, - On Tuesday, we had our young adventurer ready, and Fanny, Belle, he and I set out about three of a dark, deadly hot, and deeply unwholesome afternoon. Belle had the lad behind her; I had a pint of champagne in either pocket, a parcel in my hands, and as Jack had a girth sore and I rode without a girth, I might be said to occupy a very unstrategic position. On the way down, a little dreary, beastly drizzle beginning to come out of the darkness, Fanny put up an umbrella, her horse bounded, reared,... Nonfictions - Post by : mingles - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 895

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXI Vailima Letters - Chapter XXI

Vailima Letters - Chapter XXI
MY DEAR COLVIN, - This is Friday night, the (I believe) 18th or 20th August or September. I shall probably regret to- morrow having written you with my own hand like the Apostle Paul. But I am alone over here in the workman's house I and Belle and Lloyd and Austin are pigging; the rest are at cards in the main residence. I have not joined them because 'belly belong me' has been kicking up, and I have just taken 15 drops of laudanum.On Tuesday, the party set out - self in white cap, velvet coat, cords and yellow half... Nonfictions - Post by : isalihu2001 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2947