David then gave Alan the little money he had and they shook good-bye. and then fell into a feverish sleep. Soon the men came again. Alan cried that he was acting like a traitor to David. They prepared for an ambush. As he drifts in and out of sleep, he quickly becomes ill, and soon he is lingering near death. Chapter 1 Summary: The first person narrator, David Balfour, begins the novel by introducing his journey from his home, the kirk of Essendean, now that his father and mother have passed away.It is early June of 1751. Alan would hide, coming once daily to a chosen spot. Alan then says that they'll kill him unless Ebenezer pays to have him kept alive. David wondered what his father had to do with the wealthy House of Shaws. David was confident that he had the upper hand. After a few days at this new job, the Covenant strikes and sinks another boat. One man survives, a strange Highland man dressed in the clothing of a French soldier. Kidnapped recently showed up on the Guardian's list of the 100 best English novels, and I guess I might have put Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde there instead; I still feel like it's a deeper book. It is the most Scottish of Stevenson’s novels in dialect, vocabulary, and worldview. The house belonged to a Maclaren and David was given a bed. In Alan's eyes, the hunt for them had likely slackened. David's patience wears thin, and he viciously attacks Alan's honor. While researching a play that she intended to write, Fanny received a package of books, … Kidnapped: Summary Read More » David then showed him Alan's silver button which Macrob recognized. Alan and David sat pleasantly in the round-house and told their stories. The chief mumbled that he would not keep it. During the night, they moved quickly. Duncan challenged them, instead, to pipe. Alan gave him a killing blow. It turns out that Ebenezer and David's father had had a dispute over a woman, David's mother. Alan ran on, leaping across a river. Walking happily along, he meets the minister of Essendean, Mr. Campbell, who had kindly waited for him at the corner of the manse. Since he is now seventeen years old, he has decided it is time to go and seek his fortune. Men rushed past, forcing David to shoot. After consulting with Rankeillor, Ebenezer agreed to pay David two-thirds of the Shaws' yearly. Kidnapped tells the story of David Balfour, a young man of the Lowlands, the southern part of Scotland. Red coats were spotted moving in. As he begins to ask about the House of Shaws, he finds it is an unpopular place. After a few days, a fisherman comes in a boat and reveals to him that the river gets very low at high tide, and David crosses easily. David heads this way, meeting several disreputable people along the way, including a notorious blind robber; but the young man manages to avoid any great dangers. Alan had to admit that he had lost their money. The two continue on their flight, soon reaching the broad, flat region known as the moors. Nevertheless, David continues on to the House of Shaws. Suddenly, a fountain of water spurted high, caused by water breaking on a reef. Hoseason told Alan that the ship was very difficult to maneuver without Shuan. David agreed to come aboard. Still, the estate did legally belong to David. Alan asked David if he wished to continue or rest. Alan contacted a friend to bring them money from James. They escape and go to a mountain where they rest for several days and send word to James, hoping to get a little more money so that Alan can escape to France. Finally, Ebenezer opened a window. Finally, a shadow crept across and allowed the men to slip down. A cabin boy, Ransome, arrives at the House of Shaws. His uncle had sent him to die. David searched for Mr. Rankeillor but was too embarrassed because of his appearance to ask for directions. A sequel, Catriona, was published in 1893. “What had my poor father to do with the house of Shaws?”. David took a ferry from Torosay to Kinlochaline. Campbell reveals that David has an uncle, Ebenezer Balfour, of the House of Shaws—meaning that David is, to his surprise, from a wealthy family. Mr. Campbell hurries away because of his sadness regarding David's departure. David was skeptical but was finally persuaded to follow Alan. King George demanded rent from the Highlands he had conquered and was aided by Colin Campbell, who was left in charge of the area. David then stays at a house, and discovers that Alan himself passed through, having survived the wreck. Late one night, Hoseason pleaded with Alan to steer the ship. Finding Ebenezer and the Captain outside, Hoseason invited David to board the ship. Henderland was kind enough to bring David back to his dwelling for the evening. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson - review 'The story was quite fast paced and the sword fighting is described very well' St George's Book Club. Hoseason reluctantly agrees, and as David recovers he becomes friends with Riach and a few of the other sailors. The men were from the Vourich clan led by Cluny. The entire area knew of David's stay, but no one bothered him, except for Robin Oig. Finally Ebenezer decided not to leave. Summary. Though angered, Cluny returned the money to David. They hide for a whole day on top of a large rock while English soldiers roam around below, searching for them. He challenged Alan to a sword fight. Ebenezer had claimed that David had gone to Europe. When they arrived at the Shaws, Ebenezer was likely asleep. Rankeillor believes his story, but David's uncle Ebenezer must be dealt with somehow. David felt he would be safe in town. He hoped for death. Alan finally apologized, saying he would leave if not wanted. As David speaks with Campbell, he is suddenly shot and killed by an unknown assailant. The darkness was overwhelming but Ebenezer refused to find a light. Kidnapped is a historical fiction adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, written as a boys' novel and first published in the magazine Young Folks from May to July 1886. Ebenezer said he was too moral to have David killed. Seeing that his uncle was not breathing, David splashed water on his face. David and Alan started for Edinburgh. There, he saw Alan Stewart, who helped them escape danger. Hoseason has requested to see Ebenezer, so the old man decides to go to the port of Queensferry with Ransome and David. Kidnapped tells the story of David Balfour, a young man of the Lowlands, the southern part of Scotland. A sequel, called Catriona, was published in 1893. The crowd carried him to the door of the lawyer. Exuberantly, he shouted but the men only laughed. They crept to a bush. At first, Hoseason seems very pleasant. He ran to the creek he had found earlier and waded across to the main island. Ebenezer promised to explain in the morning so David locked him in his bedroom for the night. It is a fictional account of real-life historical events that took place in 18th Century Scotland, including the Appin murder, which was committed just after the 1745 Jacobite rising. Hours later, David was awakened and noticed the red coats close by. When the sun rose, they were in a valley, quite visible. Macrob was deeply offended. They could cook the fish and practice sword fighting. David was told about an unfinished tower of the house. Ebenezer does not want the boy dead, and as he haggles over how much he will pay he admits that the plan had been for Hoseason to sell the boy into slavery in the Carolinas.