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Kidnapped

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Summary & Analysis

Prefatory Note and Dedication

Chapters 1–3

Chapters 4–6

Chapters 7–9

Chapters 10–12

Chapters 13–15

Chapters 16–18

Chapters 19–21

Chapters 22–24

Chapters 25–27

Chapters 28–30

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Vengeance or Loyalty? It depends on your point of view!

by English-Lit-Major, August 20, 2013

"To them, vengeance is a code of ethics that is acceptable."

This seems all wrong to me!

Stevenson takes a very sympathetic approach with the Highlanders. He wants us to LIKE them. He would not have considered vengeance an acceptable code of ethics, so he would not have meant for us to view the Highlanders as a vengeful people. There is something missing in this Sparknotes interpretation.

Considering the historical context, we know the Highlanders considered the English Whigs to be USURPERS. Therefore, they did not v... Read more

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