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Tales and Fantasies - Robert Louis Stevenson

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Tales and Fantasies by Robert Louis Stevenson

Contents

The Misadventures of John Nicholson
The Body-Snatcher
The Story of a Lie


THE MISADVENTURES OF JOHN NICHOLSON

CHAPTER I - IN WHICH JOHN SOWS THE WIND



JOHN VAREY NICHOLSON was stupid; yet, stupider men than he
are now sprawling in Parliament, and lauding themselves as
the authors of their own distinction.  He was of a fat habit,
even from boyhood, and inclined to a cheerful and cursory
reading of the face of life; and possibly this attitude of
mind was the original cause of his misfortunes.  Beyond this
hint philosophy is silent on his career, and superstition
steps in with the more ready explanation that he was detested
of the gods.

His father - that iron gentleman - had long ago enthroned
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