Title: The Rajah’s Diamond
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
In: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & Other Stories (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Classics, Crime
Publisher: Word Cloud Classics
5th sentence, 74th page: What have you done?
Sir Thomas started his career in India. He did some secret favor for Rajar of Kashgar. In acknowledgement Rajah presented Thomas a valuable thing – his famous diamond. In his homeland this English soldier became one of the most richest and famous people. After returning to England he married to a rich and noble woman. Harry Hartley was a sixteen-year-old orphan and worked as a private secretary for Sir Thomas. This work was no pleasure. His master was a difficult person. He always shouted and was angry with Harry. Unlike Sir Thomas his wife Lady Vandeleur was kind and friendly. The young servant often carried out many different private errands for her. Unfortunately, the next errand led Harry to the bad consequences.
I will admit that I read half of this story while I was kind of delirious from a migraine. But I still thoroughly enjoyed it. And somehow being a little loopy with pain made the mystery and darkness surrounding the Rajah’s diamond all the more intriguing.
I love the lyrical waxing and waning of the tale as the diamond falls from one set of hands to another reveals the depths to which people will sink. Greed, lust, and pride all play a part in the four tales of the diamond. I love that Stevenson is so seamlessly incorporate psychological commentary with fantastic storytelling. And, like all of his other stories that I’ve so far had the pleasure of reading, I know that next time I read it, I will find so much more to enjoy and be enthralled by.
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