The Ebb-Tide

The Ebb-Tide. A Trio and Quartette  (1894) 
by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
A novella written by Stevenson and his stepson Lloyd Osbourne and published the year Stevenson died (1894). It was adapted into films four times: Ebb Tide (1922), Ebb Tide (1937), Adventure Island (1947), and Le Reflux (film) (1961).

Three beggars operate in the port of Papeete on Tahiti, including Davis, a disgraced American sea captain. Davis is hired by the U. S. Consul to take over an off-course schooner with a cargo of champagne. Its officers have died of smallpox, and no one else is ready to risk infection. [...] The lengthy voyage of the stolen ship has been described as "a microcosm of imperialist society, directed by greedy but incompetent whites, the labour supplied by long-suffering natives who fulfil their duties without orders and are true to the missionary faith which the Europeans make no pretence of respecting" Excerpted from The Ebb-Tide on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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The Ebb-Tide

A Trio and Quartette

Robert Louis Stevenson
Lloyd Osbourne

'There is a tide in the affairs of men.'

William Heinemann





NOTE.–On the pronunciation
of a name very frequently re-
peated in these pages, the reader
may take for a guide:—

'It was the schooner Farallone.'

R. L. S.—L. O.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.

The author died in 1947, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.