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The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. 15   By: (1850-1894)

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THE WORKS OF

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

SWANSTON EDITION

VOLUME XV

Of this SWANSTON EDITION in Twenty five Volumes of the Works of ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON Two Thousand and Sixty Copies have been printed, of which only Two Thousand Copies are for sale.

This is No .........

[Illustration: R.L.S. AND MRS. STRONG

( From an old tin type, posed and taken by a strolling photographer at a fair in Sydney, N.S.W., in 1892 )]

THE WORKS OF

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

VOLUME FIFTEEN

LONDON : PUBLISHED BY CHATTO AND WINDUS : IN ASSOCIATION WITH CASSELL AND COMPANY LIMITED : WILLIAM HEINEMANN : AND LONGMANS GREEN AND COMPANY MDCCCCXII

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CONTENTS

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DEACON BRODIE, OR THE DOUBLE LIFE 1

BEAU AUSTIN 91

ADMIRAL GUINEA 145

MACAIRE 205

DRAMATIC WORKS OF R.L. STEVENSON & W.E. HENLEY

DEACON BRODIE

OR THE DOUBLE LIFE

A MELODRAMA IN FIVE ACTS AND EIGHT TABLEAUX

PERSONS REPRESENTED

WILLIAM BRODIE, Deacon of the Wrights, Housebreaker and Master Carpenter

OLD BRODIE, the Deacon's Father

WILLIAM LAWSON, Procurator Fiscal, the Deacon's Uncle

ANDREW AINSLIE, \ HUMPHREY MOORE, > Robbers in the Deacon's Gang GEORGE SMITH, /

CAPTAIN RIVERS, an English Highwayman

HUNT, a Bow Street Runner

A DOCTOR

WALTER LESLIE

MARY BRODIE, the Deacon's Sister

JEAN WATT, the Deacon's Mistress

VAGABONDS, OFFICERS OF THE WATCH, MEN SERVANTS

The Scene is laid in Edinburgh. The Time is towards the close of the Eighteenth Century. The Action, some fifty hours long, begins at eight p.m. on Saturday and ends before midnight on Monday

NOTE. Passages suggested for omission in representation are enclosed in parentheses, thus ( )

SYNOPSIS OF ACTS AND TABLEAUX

ACT I

TABLEAU I The Double Life TABLEAU II Hunt the Runner TABLEAU III Mother Clarke's

ACT II

TABLEAU IV Evil and Good

ACT III

TABLEAU V King's Evidence TABLEAU VI Unmasked

ACT IV

TABLEAU VII The Robbery

ACT V

TABLEAU VIII The Open Door

DEACON BRODIE

OR THE DOUBLE LIFE

ACT I

TABLEAU I

THE DOUBLE LIFE

The Stage represents a room in the Deacon's house, furnished partly as a sitting , partly as a bedroom, in the style of an easy burgess of about 1780. C., a door; L.C., second and smaller door; R.C., practicable window; L., alcove, supposed to contain bed; at the back, a clothes press and a corner cupboard containing bottles, etc.

MARY BRODIE at needlework; OLD BRODIE, a paralytic, in wheeled chair, at the fireside, L.

SCENE I

To these, LESLIE, C.

LESLIE. May I come in, Mary?

MARY. Why not?

LESLIE. I scarce knew where to find you.

MARY. The dad and I must have a corner, must we not? So when my brother's friends are in the parlour he allows us to sit in his room. 'Tis a great favour, I can tell you; the place is sacred.

LESLIE. Are you sure that "sacred" is strong enough?

MARY. You are satirical!

LESLIE. I? And with regard to the Deacon? Believe me, I am not so ill advised. You have trained me well, and I feel by him as solemnly as a true born Brodie.

MARY. And now you are impertinent! Do you mean to go any further? We are a fighting race, we Brodies. O, you may laugh, sir! But 'tis no child's play to jest us on our Deacon, or, for that matter, on our Deacon's chamber either. It was his father's before him: he works in it by day and sleeps in it by night; and scarce anything it contains but is the labour of his hands... Continue reading book >>


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