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The Wrong Box - Stevenson & Osbourne

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THE WRONG BOX

BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
and LLOYD OSBOURNE

PREFACE

'Nothing like a little judicious levity,' says Michael Finsbury
in the text: nor can any better excuse be found for the volume in
the reader's hand. The authors can but add that one of them is
old enough to be ashamed of himself, and the other young enough
to learn better.

R. L. S.
L. O.



CHAPTER I. In Which Morris Suspects

How very little does the amateur, dwelling at home at ease,
comprehend the labours and perils of the author, and, when he
smilingly skims the surface of a work of fiction, how little does
he consider the hours of toil, consultation of authorities,
researches in the Bodleian, correspondence with learned and
illegible Germans--in one word, the vast scaffolding that was
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