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The Flemmings And "Flash Harry" Of Savait From "The Strange Adventure Of James Shervinton and Other Stories" - 1902   By: (1855-1913)

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In Louis Becke's collection of short stories, "The Strange Adventure of James Shervinton and Other Stories," one particular tale stands out with its enthralling narrative and vibrant characters. Set against the backdrop of colonial life in the Pacific Islands, "The Flemmings and 'Flash Harry' of Savait" transports readers into a world filled with danger, love, and unexpected twists.

The story revolves around a young couple, William and Elizabeth Flemming, who have recently settled in Savait, a small trading outpost. Their peaceful existence is shattered when a notorious and charismatic character known as "Flash Harry" arrives on the island. Harry's reputation as a cunning criminal and charming seducer quickly captures the attention of the community, including the vulnerable Elizabeth.

Becke's skilled storytelling paints a vivid picture of the island, its people, and the mysterious charms of Harry. The author's familiarity with the Pacific Islands shines through in his vivid descriptions, immersing readers in a world of exotic landscapes and cultural nuances.

The characters themselves are meticulously crafted, displaying a depth and complexity that draws the reader further into their web of emotions. William Flemming's transformation from a naive settler to a desperate husband driven by love and revenge is particularly riveting to witness. Elizabeth, torn between her loyalty to her husband and her growing infatuation with Harry, is a captivating embodiment of moral conflict.

As the story unfolds, Becke skillfully weaves together themes of trust, betrayal, and redemption. Each twist and turn surprises the reader, keeping them eagerly turning the pages to discover the ultimate fate of the Flemmings and Flash Harry. The author's ability to create suspense and build tension is exceptional, leaving readers on the edge of their seats until the final resolution.

"The Flemmings and 'Flash Harry' of Savait" is a standout tale in Becke's collection, showcasing the author's talent for storytelling and his deep understanding of human nature. With its evocative setting, compelling characters, and masterful plot, this short story leaves a lasting impression and is a must-read for lovers of adventure and intrigue.

Overall, Louis Becke's "The Flemmings and 'Flash Harry' of Savait" is a remarkable addition to the world of Pacific literature. Its blend of romance, suspense, and cultural exploration creates an immersive reading experience that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

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From "The Strange Adventure Of James Shervinton and Other Stories" 1902

By Louis Becke





On a certain island in the Paumotu Group, known on the charts as Chain Island, but called Anaa by the people themselves, lived a white man named Martin Flemming, one of those restless wanderers who range the Pacific in search of the fortune they always mean to gain, but which never comes to them, except in some few instances so few that they might be counted on one's fingers.

Two years had come and gone since Flemming had landed on the island with his wife, family, and two native servants, and settled down as a resident trader at the large and populous village of Tuuhora, where he soon gained the respect and confidence if not the friendship of the Anaa people, one of the proudest, most self reliant, and brave of any of the Polynesian race, or their offshoots. For though he was a keen business man, he was just and honest in all his transactions, never erring, as so many traders do, on the side of mistaken generosity, but yet evincing a certain amount of liberality when the occasion justified it and the natives knew that when he told them that tobacco, or biscuit, or rice, or gunpowder had risen in price in Tahiti or New Zealand, and that he would also be compelled to raise his charges, they knew that his statement was true that he was a man above trickery, either in his business or his social relations with them, and would not descend to a lie for the sake of gain... Continue reading book >>

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