Paul's Corner: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
'I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father’s house. The sun began to shine on the summit of the hills as I went down to the road; and by the time I had come as far as the manse, the blackbirds were whistling in the garden lilacs, and the mist that hung around the valley in the time of the dawn was beginning to rise and die away.
Mr. Campbell the minister of Essendean, was waiting for me by the garden gate, good man! He asked me if I had breakfasted; and hearing that I lacked for nothing, he took my hand in both of his and clapped it kindly under his arm.
“Well Davie, lad,” said he, “I will go with you as far as the ford, to set you on the way.”
And we began to walk forward in silence.'
from Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Kidnapped is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time, for adults and children alike, set in Scotland during hard times and featuring the swashbuckling Allen Breck as the young David Balfour’s protector. Read it this summer; again, if you’ve already read it. Kidnapped is one of my favorite novels. It is also a favorite of Jorge Luis Borges.