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The moral of Berecchino

  For Stevenson’s description of ‘A Night in France’ with a piano playing ‘Dunbarton Drums’ (clearly being played by Mme. Zassetsky), see http://edrls.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/a-night-in-france/ [thanks to Richard Dury for his link!]. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by … Continue reading

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Her laugh does more good to one’s health than a month at the seaside

The following is in answer to a set of numbered questions from his mother. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 216]. To his … Continue reading

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I think it must be the cold outside

It has been a very cold Christmas at Monaco and Monte Carlo, and Stevenson has no adequate overcoat, so it is agreed that when Colvin goes to Paris he shall try and find him a warm cloak or wrap. Colvin … Continue reading

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Children are certainly too good to be true

“Bonjour Philippine!” is the French expression used when someone eats twin fruits, or when two children accidentally pronounce the same sentence at the same time: the one who speaks first will gain next morning a little present from the other. … Continue reading

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The two Russian ladies are from Georgia…

Professor H.Ch.F. Jenkin, the electrical engineer, and his wife, an actress, are known in the Edimburgh social scene for their theatrical productions. In the Jenkin theatricals of May 1873, RLS has played ‘Vatel, a cook’ in My Son-in-Law, translated from … Continue reading

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Kids are what is the matter with me

In the first week of January 1874 Sidney Colvin goes for some necessary work to Paris, with the intention of returning towards the end of the month. The following letter introduces the Russian sisters, Madame Nadia Zassetsky and Madame Sophie … Continue reading

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He will not be Jesuit enough to think that any end will justify an unjust law

The expression ‘the fat of the land’ is from Genesis 45, 18. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 200]. To his … Continue reading

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