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David Balfour by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Jul 02, 2011

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The sequel to Kidnapped picks up only hours after its conclusion (David Balfour walking into the bank in Edinburgh to claim his inheritance). Well, there were important matters to follow up on: the prosecution of the supposed perps in the infamous "Appin murder," the flight of Alan Breck Stuart to France, and David's moral response to both. But the story of Catriona, David's love interest, as a relative of Rob Roy MacGregor (another famous 18th-century figure, kept popular later by Walter Scott and Liam Neeson), doesn't seem as well developed to me as it should have been. Not to mention that Catriona isn't (in my opinion) a very likeable character. More reflection on Stevenson's ambivalence towards Highlanders? Or to women?

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