The Body-Snatcher

The Body-Snatcher

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The Body-Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson

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1884

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lad's heart failed him. He stammered some excuses, counted out the sum, and saw his hateful visitors depart. No sooner were they gone than he hastened to confirm his doubts. By a dozen unquestionable marks he identified the girl he had jested with the day before. He saw, with horror, marks upon her body that might well betoken violence. A panic seized him, and he took refuge in his room. There he reflected at length over the discovery that he had made; considered soberly the bearing of Mr K----'s instructions and the danger to himself of interference in so serious a business, and at last, in sore perplexity, determined to wait for the advice of his immediate superior, the class assistant.

This was a young doctor, Wolfe Macfarlane, a high favourite among all the reckless students, clever, dissipated, and unscrupulous to the last degree. He had travelled and studied abroad. His manners were agreeable and a little forward. He was an authority on the stage, skilful on the ice or the links with skate or gol

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Being from the pen of that ‘mere complication of cough and bones’ and effortless genius – R.L. Stevenson – this is certainly worth reading.

At a particular point in the short-story, it seems tantalisingly close to becoming a black comedy, but – courtesy of its ending – it could basically be considered a high functioning ghost story.
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