The Ebb Tide

The Ebb Tide


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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - Throughout the island world of the Pacific, scattered men of many European races and from almost every grade of society carry activity and disseminate disease. Some prosper, some vegetate. Some have mounted the steps of thrones and owned islands and navies. Others again must marry for a livelihood; a strapping, merry, chocolate-coloured dame supports them in sheer idleness; and, dressed like natives, but still retaining some foreign element of gait or attitude, still perhaps with some relic (such as a single eye-glass) of the officer and gentleman, they sprawl in palm-leaf verandahs and entertain an island audience with memoirs of the music-hall. And there are still others, less pliable, less capable, less fortunate, perhaps less base, who continue, even in these isles of plenty, to lack bread. At the far end of the town of Papeete, three such men were seated on the beach under a purao tree. It was late. Long ago the band had broken up and marched musically home, a motley troop of men and women, merchant clerks and navy officers, dancing in its wake, arms about waist and crowned with gar- lands. Long ago darkness and silence had gone from house to house about the tiny pagan city. Only the street lamps shone on, making a glow-worm halo in the umbrageous alleys or drawing a tremulous image on the waters of the port. A sound of snoring ran among the piles of lumber by the Government pier. It was wafted ashore from the graceful clipper-bottomed schooners, where they lay moored close in like dinghies, and their crews were stretched upon the deck under the open sky or huddled in a rude tent amidst the disorder of merchandise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595405135
Publisher: 1st World Library
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), a Scottish author of novels, poems, and essays, is best known for the classic books Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson remains popular for his celebrated contributions to the adventure and horror genres.

Date of Birth:

November 13, 1850

Date of Death:

December 3, 1894

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Vailima, Samoa


Edinburgh University, 1875

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The Ebb-Tide is a scathing attack on British colonialism in the South Pacific and witnessed assaults from Victorian censorship conventions because it depicted the subjugation and oppression native islanders suffered at the hands of the British. Attwater is the definitive and most memorable figure of Stevenson's colonialists. His presence in the islands is ominous, menacing and is comparable to (though predates) Colonel Kurtz in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The crew of forlorn sailors spend their decadent lives in search of fortune but their own vices and a fatal encounter with Attwater cripple any chances of financial success. The text's open-ended conclusion was an innovative literary tactic for the time and one that contributes significantly to the overall bleakness of the text. For readers and non-readers of Stevenson, The Ebb-Tide reveals the vast talents of an author left behind by the modernist movement and filed hastily under the category of a fiction/adventure writer for boys. While adventure is prevalent in The Ebb-Tide, the novel is a foremost exploration into the emperialist minds of those who journeyed to the South Pacific ravaging numerous civilizations.