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The Wrong Box

Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Book Overview: 

The Wrong Box is a comedy about the ending of a tontine (a tontine is an arrangement whereby a number of young people subscribe to a fund which is then closed and invested until all but one of the subscribers have died. That last subscriber then receives the whole of the proceeds). The story involves the last two such survivors and their relations, a train crash, missing uncles, surplus dead bodies and innocent bystanders. A farce really.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .of mine, you see, and he helped me through my trouble last year. And I was thinking, would it be fair-like on Watts to saddle him with an old party like you, who might be the death of him with general information. Would it be fair to the 'ouse?' enquired Mr Chandler, with an air of candid appeal.

'Mark me,' cried the old gentleman with spirit. 'It was kind in you to bring me here for nothing, but it gives you no right to address me in such terms. Here's a shilling for your trouble; and, if you do not choose to set me down at the "Tregonwell Arms", I can find it for myself.'

Chandler was surprised and a little startled; muttering something apologetic, he returned the shilling, drove in silence through several intricate lanes and small streets, drew up at length before the bright windows of an inn, and called loudly for Mr Watts.

'Is that you, Jem?' cried a hearty voice from the stableyard. 'Come in and warm yourself.'

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Community Reviews

Body, body--Who's got the body?!

The Wrong Box (1889) is a hilarious mystery spoof by Robert Louis Stevenson and his stepson Lloyd Osbourne. It revolves around Masterson and Joseph Finsbury, two brothers who are the last surviving beneficiaries of a tontine. A tontine is a rather diabolical "inves...more

*giggles* absurd mayhem... pure entertainment

Spassosissima e intricatissima commedia degli equivoci piena di personaggi buffi, cialtronerie e situazioni assurde.
Un romanzo di Stevenson purtroppo poco conosciuto, ma che meriterebbe più notorietà e sarebbe anche perfetto per una trasposizione cinematografica o per una miniserie tv.

En una carta fechada el 17 de septiembre de 1889, Rudyard Kipling le escribía a su confidente Edmonia Hill la siguiente afirmación: “He recibido ‘Aventuras de un cadáver’, de R. L. Stevenson, y me reí demencialmente cuando la leí. Ese hombre tendrá sólo un pulmón pero te hace reír con todo tu ser...more

Robert Louis Stevenson is a household name, whose works include Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He only lived from 1850 to 1894 and this little number was published in 1889, so represents one of his final achievements delivered at the height of his powers...more

“Los filósofos deberían, sin duda, molestarse en investigar con paciencia si los hombres son o no capaces de acostumbrarse a la suerte.”

Y suerte es justamente lo que les falta a los personajes de esta desopilante aventura. ¡Ah, Bobby, cómo me gustan tus historias!

El relato comienza describiendo...more

L'histoire ne manque pas de rebondissements et de quiproquos ce qui la rend encore plus amusante.
une lecture légère qui peut correspondre à un jeune public.

Quizá no sea el relato que más me ha gustado de este autor, pero no hay duda de que es muy divertido. Irónico hasta la última página y siguiendo las bases de la comedia de enredo

Much more humorous and to the point than 'The Wrecker'. While totally unbelievable, it was still quite quite funny. Point in case - Morris's enumerations of 'good' and 'bad' things in chapter six was hilarious.

" Bad. —— Good.

4. I have almost no money.

4. But there is plenty in the bank.

5. Yes,...more

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