The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. 12

The Master of Ballantrae

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Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,326 / 244 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.7
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 864
Added to site: 2010.01.12
mnybks.net#: 26291
Origin: gutenberg.org
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d the other side, because it appeared romantical; and the Master (though I have heard they did not agree often) was for this once of her opinion. The adventure tempted him, as I conceive; he was tempted by the opportunity to raise the fortunes of the house, and not less by the hope of paying off his private liabilities, which were heavy beyond all opinion. As for Mr. Henry, it appears he said little enough at first; his part came later on. It took the three a whole day's disputation before they agreed to steer a middle course, one son going forth to strike a blow for King James, my lord and the other staying at home to keep in favour with King George. Doubtless this was my lord's decision; and, as is well known, it was the part played by many considerable families. But the one dispute settled, another opened. For my lord, Miss Alison, and Mr. Henry all held the one view: that it was the cadet's part to go out; and the Master, what with restlessness and vanity, would at no rate consent to stay at home. My lord

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