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The Beach Of Falesa
by Robert Louis Stevenson
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A different work by Stevenson that presents the charms and beauties of domestic life, race-relations and transgressions from customs for love. This work discusses all that is brilliant and despicable in humanity. As a commentary on the prejudice prevailing in the society, the work is as valid today as it was at the time of its publishing.
But the thing that troubled me was nearer hand. Some dozen young men and children made a piece of a half-circle, flanking my house: the river divided them, some were on the near side, some on the far, and one on a boulder in the midst; and they all sat silent, wrapped in their sheets, and stared at me and my house as straight as pointer dogs. I thought it strange as I went out. When I had bathed and come back again, and found them all there, and two or three more along with them, I thought it stranger still. What could they see to gaze at in my house, I wondered, and went in.
The Merriam-Webster Encylopedia of Literature
Long story by Robert Louis Stevenson, first published as "Uma" in 1892 and collected in Island Nights' Entertainments (1893). An adventure romance fused with realism, it depicts a man's struggle to maintain his decency in the face of uncivilized hostility. John Wiltshire, the story's narrator and protagonist, is a white trader on the exotic island of Falesa in the South Seas. He is befriended by Case, a fellow trader who persuades him to marry the native Uma. When Wiltshire does so, the natives ostracize the couple. Gradually Wiltshire learns that Case has subdued the natives by manipulating their fears of the supernatural. Wiltshire exposes Case as a fraud and kills him in self-defense.
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