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Vailima Letters - Chapter XX Vailima Letters - Chapter XX

Vailima Letters - Chapter XX
SATURDAY, 2ND JULY 1892.THE character of my handwriting is explained, alas! by scrivener's cramp. This also explains how long I have let the paper lie plain.1 P. M.I was busy copying David Balfour with my left hand - a most laborious task - Fanny was down at the native house superintending the floor, Lloyd down in Apia, and Belle in her own house cleaning, when I heard the latter calling on my name. I ran out on the verandah; and there on the lawn beheld my crazy boy with an axe in his hand and dressed out in green ferns, dancing.... Nonfictions - Post by : Joey_Pinkney - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2405

Vailima Letters - Chapter XIX Vailima Letters - Chapter XIX

Vailima Letters - Chapter XIX
SUNDAY, 29TH MAY.HOW am I to overtake events? On Wednesday, as soon as my mail was finished, I had a wild whirl to look forward to. Immediately after dinner, Belle, Lloyd and I, set out on horseback, they to the club, I to Haggard's, thence to the hotel where I had supper ready for them. All next day we hung round Apia with our whole house-crowd in Sunday array, hoping for the mail steamer with a menagerie on board. No such luck; the ship delayed; and at last, about three, I had to send them home again, a failure of a... Nonfictions - Post by : clstone - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2903

Vailima Letters - Chapter XVIII Vailima Letters - Chapter XVIII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XVIII
MAY 1ST. 1892.MY DEAR COLVIN, - As I rode down last night about six, I saw a sight I must try to tell you of. In front of me, right over the top of the forest into which I was descending was a vast cloud. The front of it accurately represented the somewhat rugged, long-nosed, and beetle-browed profile of a man, crowned by a huge Kalmuck cap; the flesh part was of a heavenly pink, the cap, the moustache, the eyebrows were of a bluish gray; to see this with its childish exactitude of design and colour, and hugeness of scale... Nonfictions - Post by : midnightblue - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 3026

Vailima Letters - Chapter XVII Vailima Letters - Chapter XVII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XVII
MARCH 9TH.MY DEAR S. C., - Take it not amiss if this is a wretched letter. I am eaten up with business. Every day this week I have had some business impediment - I am even now waiting a deputation of chiefs about the road - and my precious morning was shattered by a polite old scourge of a FAIPULE - parliament man - come begging. All the time DAVID BALFOUR is skelping along. I began it the 13th of last month; I have now 12 chapters, 79 pages ready for press, or within an ace, and, by the time the... Nonfictions - Post by : sharon1947 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2937

Vailima Letters - Chapter XVI Vailima Letters - Chapter XVI

Vailima Letters - Chapter XVI
FEB. 1892.MY DEAR COLVIN, - This has been a busyish month for a sick man. First, Faauma - the bronze candlestick, whom otherwise I called my butler - bolted from the bed and bosom of Lafaele, the Archangel Hercules, prefect of the cattle. There was the deuce to pay, and Hercules was inconsolable, and immediately started out after a new wife, and has had one up on a visit, but says she has 'no conversation'; and I think he will take back the erring and possibly repentant candlestick; whom we all devoutly prefer, as she is not only highly decorative, but... Nonfictions - Post by : ericgarner - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 3152

Vailima Letters - Chapter XV Vailima Letters - Chapter XV

Vailima Letters - Chapter XV
JAN 31ST, '92.MY DEAR COLVIN, - No letter at all from you, and this scratch from me! Here is a year that opens ill. Lloyd is off to 'the coast' sick - THE COAST means California over most of the Pacific - I have been down all month with influenza, and am just recovering - I am overlaid with proofs, which I am just about half fit to attend to. One of my horses died this morning, and another is now dying on the front lawn - Lloyd's horse and Fanny's. Such is my quarrel with destiny. But I am mending... Nonfictions - Post by : emb582 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1280

Vailima Letters - Chapter XIV Vailima Letters - Chapter XIV

Vailima Letters - Chapter XIV
TUESDAY, DEC. 1891.SIR, - I have the honour to report further explorations of the course of the river Vaea, with accompanying sketch plan. The party under my command consisted of one horse, and was extremely insubordinate and mutinous, owing to not being used to go into the bush, and being half-broken anyway - and that the wrong half. The route indicated for my party was up the bed of the so-called river Vaea, which I accordingly followed to a distance of perhaps two or three furlongs eastward from the house of Vailima the stream being quite dry, the bush thick,... Nonfictions - Post by : wealth2moms - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1794

Vailima Letters - Chapter XIII Vailima Letters - Chapter XIII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XIII
NOV. 25TH, 1891.MY DEAR COLVIN, MY DEAR COLVIN, - I wonder how often I'm going to write it. In spite of the loss of three days, as I have to tell, and a lot of weeding and cacao planting, I have finished since the mail left four chapters, forty-eight pages of my Samoa history. It is true that the first three had been a good deal drafted two years ago, but they had all to be written and re-written, and the fourth chapter is all new. Chapter I. Elements of Discord-Native. II. Elements of Discord-Foreign. III. The Success of Laupepa. IV.... Nonfictions - Post by : jbreeden - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2886

Vailima Letters - Chapter XII Vailima Letters - Chapter XII

Vailima Letters - Chapter XII
MAY, OCTOBER 24TH.MY DEAR CARTHEW, - See what I have written, but it's Colvin I'm after - I have written two chapters, about thirty pages of WRECKER since the mail left, which must be my excuse, and the bother I've had with it is not to be imagined, you might have seen me the day before yesterday weighing British sov.'s and Chili dollars to arrange my treasure chest. And there was such a calculation, not for that only, but for the ship's position and distances when - but I am not going to tell you the yarn - and then, as... Nonfictions - Post by : brienlee - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1113

Vailima Letters - Chapter XI Vailima Letters - Chapter XI

Vailima Letters - Chapter XI
SEPT. 28.MY DEAR COLVIN, - Since I last laid down my pen, I have written and rewritten THE BEACH OF FALESA; something like sixty thousand words of sterling domestic fiction (the story, you will understand, is only half that length); and now I don't want to write any more again for ever, or feel so; and I've got to overhaul it once again to my sorrow. I was all yesterday revising, and found a lot of slacknesses and (what is worse in this kind of thing) some literaryisms. One of the puzzles is this: It is a first person story -... Nonfictions - Post by : katsharad - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 3151

Vailima Letters - Chapter X Vailima Letters - Chapter X

Vailima Letters - Chapter X
SUNDAY, SEPT. 5 (?), 1891.MY DEAR COLVIN, - Yours from Lochinver has just come. You ask me if I am ever homesick for the Highlands and the Isles. Conceive that for the last month I have been living there between 1786 and 1850, in my grandfather's diaries and letters. I HAD to take a rest; no use talking; so I put in a month over my LIVES OF THE STEVENSONS with great pleasure and profit and some advance; one chapter and a part drafted. The whole promises well Chapter I. Domestic Annals. Chapter II. The Northern Lights. Chapter III. The Bell... Nonfictions - Post by : haden - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2119

Vailima Letters - Chapter IX Vailima Letters - Chapter IX

Vailima Letters - Chapter IX
JUNE, 1891.SIR, - To you, under your portrait, which is, in expression, your true, breathing self, and up to now saddens me; in time, and soon, I shall be glad to have it there; it is still only a reminder of your absence. Fanny wept when we unpacked it, and you know how little she is given to that mood; I was scarce Roman myself, but that does not count - I lift up my voice so readily. These are good compliments to the artist. I write in the midst of a wreck of books, which have just come up, and... Nonfictions - Post by : armsonfire - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1793

Vailima Letters - Chapter VIII Vailima Letters - Chapter VIII

Vailima Letters - Chapter VIII
APRIL 29TH, '91.MY DEAR COLVIN, - I begin again. I was awake this morning about half-past four. It was still night, but I made my fire, which is always a delightful employment, and read Lockhart's 'Scott' until the day began to peep. It was a beautiful and sober dawn, a dove-coloured dawn, insensibly brightening to gold. I was looking at it some while over the down-hill profile of our eastern road, when I chanced to glance northward, and saw with extraordinary pleasure the sea lying outspread. It seemed as smooth as glass, and yet I knew the surf was roaring all... Nonfictions - Post by : jjemarque - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1747

Vailima Letters - Chapter VII Vailima Letters - Chapter VII

Vailima Letters - Chapter VII
SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH.MY DEAR COLVIN, - I got back on Monday night, after twenty- three hours in an open boat; the keys were lost; the Consul (who had promised us a bottle of Burgundy) nobly broke open his store-room, and we got to bed about midnight. Next morning the blessed Consul promised us horses for the daybreak; forgot all about it, worthy man; set us off at last in the heat of the day, and by a short cut which caused infinite trouble, and we were not home till dinner. I was extenuated, and have had a high fever since, or... Nonfictions - Post by : Dave_Woolsey - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2063

Vailima Letters - Chapter VI Vailima Letters - Chapter VI

Vailima Letters - Chapter VI
FRIDAY, MARCH 19TH.MY DEAR S. C., - You probably expect that now I am back at Vailima I shall resume the practice of the diary letter. A good deal is changed. We are more; solitude does not attend me as before; the night is passed playing Van John for shells; and, what is not less important, I have just recovered from a severe illness, and am easily tired.I will give you to-day. I sleep now in one of the lower rooms of the new house my wife has recently joined me. We have two beds, an empty case for a... Nonfictions - Post by : mthorne - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 836

Vailima Letters - Chapter V Vailima Letters - Chapter V

Vailima Letters - Chapter V
(ON BOARD SHIP BETWEEN SYDNEY AND APIA, FEB. 1891.)MY DEAR COLVIN, - The JANET NICOLL stuff was rather worse than I had looked for; you have picked out all that is fit to stand, bar two others (which I don't dislike) - the Port of Entry and the House of Temoana; that is for a present opinion; I may condemn these also ere I have done. By this time you should have another Marquesan letter, the worst of the lot, I think; and seven Paumotu letters, which are not far out of the vein, as I wish it; I am in... Nonfictions - Post by : ronhelor - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 3386

Vailima Letters - Chapter IV Vailima Letters - Chapter IV

Vailima Letters - Chapter IV
S. S. LUBECK, BETWEEN APIA AND SYDNEY,JAN. 17TH, 1891.MY DEAR COLVIN, - The Faamasino Sili, or Chief Justice, to speak your low language, has arrived. I had ridden down with Henry and Lafaele; the sun was down, the night was close at hand, so we rode fast; just as I came to the corner of the road before Apia, I heard a gun fire; and lo, there was a great crowd at the end of the pier, and the troops out, and a chief or two in the height of Samoa finery, and Seumanu coming in his boat (the oarsmen all... Nonfictions - Post by : bigheemone - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1921

Vailima Letters - Chapter III Vailima Letters - Chapter III

Vailima Letters - Chapter III
MONDAY, TWENTY-SOMETHINGTH OF DECEMBER, 1890.MY DEAR COLVIN, - I do not say my Jack is anything extraordinary; he is only an island horse; and the profane might call him a Punch; and his face is like a donkey's; and natives have ridden him, and he has no mouth in consequence, and occasionally shies. But his merits are equally surprising; and I don't think I should ever have known Jack's merits if I had not been riding up of late on moonless nights. Jack is a bit of a dandy; he loves to misbehave in a gallant manner, above all on Apia... Nonfictions - Post by : billzhu - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1125

Vailima Letters - Chapter II Vailima Letters - Chapter II

Vailima Letters - Chapter II
VAILIMA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH, 1890.MY DEAR COLVIN, - I wanted to go out bright and early to go on with my survey. You never heard of that. The world has turned, and much water run under bridges, since I stopped my diary. I have written six more chapters of the book, all good I potently believe, and given up, as a deception of the devil's, the High Woods. I have been once down to Apia, to a huge native feast at Seumanutafa's, the chief of Apia. There was a vast mass of food, crowds of people, the police charging among them... Nonfictions - Post by : Privlist - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2056

Vailima Letters - Chapter I Vailima Letters - Chapter I

Vailima Letters - Chapter I
IN THE MOUNTAIN, APIA, SAMOA,MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND, 1890MY DEAR COLVIN, - This is a hard and interesting and beautiful life that we lead now. Our place is in a deep cleft of Vaea Mountain, some six hundred feet above the sea, embowered in forest, which is our strangling enemy, and which we combat with axes and dollars. I went crazy over outdoor work, and had at last to confine myself to the house, or literature must have gone by the board. NOTHING is so interesting as weeding, clearing, and path-making; the oversight of labourers becomes a disease; it is quite an... Nonfictions - Post by : Baliman - Date : April 2012 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 3252