David learns that his new friend has survived, and David has two encounters with beggarly guides: one who attempts to stab him with a knife, and another who is blind but an excellent shot with a pistol. There, they meet a lawyer of David's uncle's, Mr. Rankeillor, who agrees to help David receive his inheritance. The novel has attracted the praise and admiration of writers as diverse as Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges, and Hilary Mantel. To David justice means the restoration of his inheritance, whereas for Alan it means the death of his enemy Colin Roy of Glenure. [8] Good nevertheless triumphs over evil, as in David Balfour's situation. The characters of Alan Breck Stewart, Colin Roy Campbell, James Stewart, Cluny MacPherson and Rob Roy MacGregor were real people.[5]. Hoseason later offers to take them on board the brig briefly, and David complies, only to see his uncle returning to shore alone in a skiff. Five of the crew members are killed outright, and the rest refuse to continue fighting. Kidnapped is set around real 18th-century Scottish events, notably the "Appin murder", which occurred in the aftermath of the Jacobite rising of 1745. David tells his tale to Alan, who in turn states that his birthplace, Appin, is under the tyrannical administration of Colin Roy of Glenure, the King's factor and a Campbell. His parents have recently died, and he is out to make his way in the world. A new printing of Barry Menikoff's edition of the novel. [1] A sequel, Catriona, was published in 1893. The novel ends with David and Alan parting ways on Corstorphine Hill; Alan returns to France, and David goes to a bank to settle his money. The novel has been adapted a number of times, and in multiple media. David and Alan are separated in the confusion, with David being washed ashore on the isle of Erraid, near Mull, while Alan and the surviving crew row to safety on that same island. His uncle is also miserly, living on "parritch" and small ale, and the House of Shaws itself is partially unfinished and somewhat ruinous. [6], David Balfour is accused of being an accomplice in the Appin murder, a real life event. Buy Study Guide. He asks David's uncle whether Alan should kill David or keep him. Kidnapped Character List. A more recent two-part adaptation written by Chris Dolan and starring Owen Whitelaw as David Balfour and Michael Nardone as Alan Breck was broadcast also on BBC Radio 4 in 2016. David spends a few days alone in the wild before getting his bearings. David and Alan barricade themselves in the round house, where Alan kills the murderous Shuan, and David wounds Hoseason. 226 – Hilary Mantel", "18th Century murder conviction 'should be quashed, "Episode 1, Robert Louis Stevenson: Kidnapped, Drama – BBC Radio 4", "Further Thoughts on Robert Louis Stevenson's, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kidnapped_(novel)&oldid=988195129, Works originally published in Young Folks (magazine), Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. David later overhears the crew plotting to kill Alan and take all his money. Many of the characters are real people, including one of the principals, Alan Breck Stewart. This page was last edited on 11 November 2020, at 18:05. The uncle flatly denies Alan's statement that David had been kidnapped but eventually admits that he paid Hoseason "twenty pound" to take David to "Caroliny". When it is over, he has become a much wiser and mature person. David is forced to scale the stairs in the dark and realises that not only is the tower unfinished in some places, but the steps simply end abruptly and fall into an abyss. David does too, at first, but by the end of the book he has come to understand and respect them. David confronts his uncle, who promises to tell David the whole story of his father the next morning. As the trek drains David's strength, his health rapidly deteriorates; by the time they are set upon by wild Highlanders who are sentries for Cluny Macpherson, an outlawed chief in hiding, the lad is barely conscious. [9], A four-part adaptation written by Catherine Czerkawska and starring David Rintoul as David Balfour and Paul Young as Alan Breck Stewart was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1985. Film and television versions were made in 1917, 1938, 1948, 1960, 1971, 1978, 1986, 1995 and 2005. David Balfour. The first person narrator/hero of the novel, David is a lowland Scotsman from a. David Balfour -. [10], Beginning with some of the earliest reviews of Kidnapped in 1886,[11] it has been thought the novel was structured after the true story of James Annesley, a presumptive heir to five aristocratic titles who was kidnapped at the age of 12 by his uncle Richard and shipped from Dublin to America in 1728.