The Wrecker (Stevenson)

The Wrecker  (1892) 
by Robert Louis Stevenson
London, Paris & Melbourne: Cassell & Company, 1892. Illustrated by Willard Leroy Metcalf and William Brassey Hole.

'The Wrecker,' it is true, owns two authors, but, however valuable Mr. Osbourne's collaboration may have been, the long yarn as it is spun in print is Mr. Stevenson's. It is a curious fact, and not specially comforting to Mr. Kipling, that the very same faults which irritate and exasperate the reader of 'The Naulahka' appear in aggravated form in 'The Wrecker,' where their effect is to inspire deep and lasting joy. —extracted from "Recent Novels" in The Nation, Oct. 6, 1892, p. 263. (Full review, with spoilers, on the Discussion page)

THE WRECKER

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"'That kind of an accident,' said he" (p. 410).

THE WRECKER.


BY
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
AND
LLOYD OSBOURNE.



ILLUSTRATED BY WILLIAM HOLE AND W. L. METCALF.



CASSELL & COMPANY, Limited:
LONDON, PARIS & MELBOURNE.
1892.
[ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.]

Publisher's device, Cassell and Co

CONTENTS


PROLOGUE.
page
In the Marquesas 1

THE YARN.
chapter
I. A Sound Commercial Education 14
II. Roussillon Wine 27
III. To Introduce Mr. Pinkerton 37
IV. In Which I Experience Extremes of Fortune 53
V. In which I am down on my Luck in Paris 66
VI. In which I go West 81
VII. Irons in the Fire: Opes Strepitumque 97
VIII. Faces on the City Front 121
IX. The Wreck of the "Flying Scud" 134
X. In which the Crew vanish 149
XI. In which Jim and I take Different Ways 174
XII. The "Norah Creina" 189
XIII. The Island and the Wreck 205
XIV. The Cabin of the "Flying Scud" 217
XV. The Cargo of the "Flying Scud" 221

XVI. In which I turn Smuggler, and the Captain Casuist 245
XVII. Light from the Man of War 258
XVIII. Cross-Questions and Crooked Answers 272
XIX. Travels with a Shyster 288
XX. Stallbridge-le-Carthew 311
XXI. Face to Face 324
XXII. The Remittance Man 331
XXIII. The Budget of the "Currency Lass" 357
XXIV. A Hard Bargain 383
XXV. A Bad Bargain 397

EPILOGUE.
To Will H. Low 421

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

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"'that kind of an accident,' said he" frontispiece

"'yes, it's a queer yarn,' said his friend" 13

"'i wanted ye to see the place,' said he" 89

"going at fifty thousand, the wreck of the brig 'flying scud'!" 148

"mamie … sat, an apparent queen, among her rude surroundings and companions" 186

"she lay head to the reef, where the huge blue wall of the rollers was for ever ranging up and crumbling down" 207

"and lo! there was disclosed but a trayful of papers" 219

"'i am afraid i am an american,' i said apologetically" 261

"'the day's work done and the evening before us; just start in with the whole story'" 276

"a lady with silver hair, a slender silver voice, and a stream of insignificant information not to be diverted, led me through the picture gallery" 317

the domain, sydney.—"my word, no!" replied the little man. "i just sit here and read the 'dead bird'" 343

"now he rose mechanically, shaking and stumbling like a drunkard after a debauch" 382

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


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