Top three treasure stories!! 😉
A masterpiece of misdirection, this short story tells the tale of William Legrand’s delirious search for the pirate treasure hidden by notorious real-life Captain Kidd. What seems at first like a tale of the supernatural or a descent into madness is revealed, through Legrand’s step-by-step explanation, as a logical if improbable case of invisible ink, ciphers and cryptic clues. The treasure, meticulously catalogued, includes gold coins, jewellery and precious gemstones, along with 83 crucifixes and 197 gold watches: more than enough to restore Legrand’s lost fortune.
Partially inspired by Poe’s story, the most famous of all treasure hunts began when Stevenson sketched an imaginary island complete with swamps, graves, and an X to mark the spot where the “Bulk of Treasure” was buried. From his sketch, Stevenson conceived the tale of young Jim Hawkins, who finds the map in a dead man’s chest and takes up the role of cabin boy in a search for pirate gold. At the end of the story, a significant part of the treasure is left on the island, and the way is left open for a number of sequels, though none by Stevenson himself. Treasure Island is packed with vivid characters, but it’s Long John Silver who steals the show as a murderous mutineer who nevertheless spares Jim’s life. In a metafictional companion piece, The Persons of the Tale, Stevenson has Silver and his arch-enemy Captain Smollett step out of the story between chapters to smoke a pipe and discuss the intentions of the Author, of whom Silver says: “I’m his favourite chara’ter … he likes doing me.”
In the first of the Famous Five adventures, siblings Julian, Dick and Anne are deemed big enough to look after themselves for the summer and packed off to Kirrin Bay to stay with “difficult” cousin George. The ensuing search for a cargo of gold ingots stashed on Kirrin Island includes enough Gothic elements to thrill young readers: a ruined castle, hidden dungeons and an ancient shipwreck raised by a storm. The adventure is unhindered by interfering parents, who are largely absent or unreliable – Uncle Quentin is “bad-tempered, unjust and not to be trusted” until the sudden acquisition of wealth transforms him into a cheerful, affectionate father – and it’s much-maligned Anne who devises a plan to rescue George and Julian, thus lifting George’s family out of genteel poverty.
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