Wednesday – Week 2

With the completion of Davie’s journey, the conclusion of the story line turns back to his rightful inheritance of the House of Shaw’s estate.  The ‘kidnap’ plot of the novel forms the outer structure of the storyline, proving the opportunity for Davie to undergo his education, and the conclusion – his rightful restoration as Laird of the House of Shaws – provides the resounding conclusion.  Yet Stevenson leaves an alternative thought in the text: Yes, Davie regains his inheritance but, as Stevenson indicates, all he can really think about is Alan Breck Stewart.  His victory over his Uncle is welcome, but it comes at the cost of a friendship lost.  This counter-point is key for us.  The plot resolution is useful in concluding the storyline, but the more important aspects are: at what cost does Davie recover his Estate?   What have his experiences done to his view of Scotland and its future?  What purpose or role can people like Alan Breck play in Davie’s ordered Presbyterian world?  This is the sting in the tail of the novel, a question left hanging over a neatly re-ordered plot: Alan has shown Davie much, he has changed Davie, Scotland can no longer be as simple or as clear-cut as it was in his mind at the start of the novel.  His world view has been fundamentally changed to include new, radical, more dangerous ideas!

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