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St Ives
Robert Louis Stevenson

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Transcribed 1898 William Heinemann edition by David Price, email
ccx074@coventry.ac.uk 

ST.  IVES
BEING
THE ADVENTURES OF A FRENCH PRISONER IN ENGLAND 

CHAPTER I--A TALE OF A LION RAMPANT 

It was in the month of May 1813 that I was so unlucky as to fall at
last into the hands of the enemy.  My knowledge of the English
language had marked me out for a certain employment.  Though I
cannot conceive a soldier refusing to incur the risk, yet to be
hanged for a spy is a disgusting business; and I was relieved to be
held a prisoner of war.  Into the Castle of Edinburgh, standing in
the midst of that city on the summit of an extraordinary rock, I
was cast with several hundred fellow-sufferers, all privates like
myself, and the more part of them, by an accident, very ignorant,

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