Title: The Pavilion on the Links
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, Romance
Format: Short story
Publisher: Word Cloud Classics
5th sentence, 74th page: Fresh provisions were brought under cover of darkness by the old woman from the mansion-house.
Two solitary men, once as close to being friends as men of their temperament could ever be, meet again on a bleak Scottish coast. Northmour has brought the corrupt banker Huddlestone, and his beautiful daughter whom Northmour is pursuing, to seek concealment in an isolated pavilion by the sea.
This was quite a fast-paced and unexpected story. I didn’t really have much of an idea about what to expect, but it was certainly fun. And unexpectedly romantic considering all of the other Stevenson stories that I have read so far. Or at least, I kind of found it that way with all of the foreshadowing which he uses throughout.
Each small chapter throughout the story highlights a new discovery, and a new moment in the journey that helps the protagonist to eventually overcome all odds and obtain his heart’s desire. There is also a great juxtaposition between Northmour and the main protagonist. Where one is honourable and honest, the other is quite underhanded and certainly scary in the way in which he claims Clara. Luckily, there is triumph of good over evil and a hope for the future.
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