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Squire Trelawnay

29 September 2016

Squire Trelawnay, Dr Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17– and go back to the time when my father kept the Admiral Benbow inn and the brown old seaman with the sabre cut first took up his lodging under our roof.

First line of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson


8 Comments to “Squire Trelawnay”

  1. too wordy. Clearly, this writer needs to workshop a writing sample

  2. What a great book. I read it for the first time about four years ago and was amazed that it was written in the 1700s. It has aged very well.

  3. Being a boy growing up in Florida, I so wanted to be Jim.

  4. I’ve experienced Treasure Island three times. The first time, my mother read it to my sister and I. I might have been six or seven. I had nightmares about Long John Silver and would not even touch the book on the shelf. The second round was in my twenty somethings and I read it because I still shuddered when I thought about the book. Anything that powerful had to have something, I figured. Reaction: meh. I specialized in poor judgement in the 70s, but the Long John Silver nightmares ended on that second reading. A few years ago, for unknown reasons, I went on an RLS kick, trying to understand how he wrote. Catriona, Kidnapped, Treasure Island, Master of Ballantrae. What a revelation.

  5. Trelawney vice Trelawnay

  6. Lyle Blake Smythers

    Lydia – Treasure Island is set in the 1700s but it was written and published in the 1880s. Same thing with his other famous novel Kidnapped, set in 1752, published in 1886. He liked to write historical novels.

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