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THE DAY AFTER TO-MORROW
once eliminate or bound the hope of riches, and we
shall see plenty of skulking and malingering. Society
will then be something not wholly unlike a cotton
plantation in the old days ; with cheerful, careless,
demoralised slaves, with elected overseers, and, in-
stead of the planter, a chaotic popular assembly. If
the blood be purposeful and the soil strong, such a
plantation may succeed, and be, indeed, a busy
ant-heap, with full granaries and long hours of
leisure. But even then I think the whip will be in
the overseer's hands, and not in vain. For, when it
comes to be a question of each man doing his own
share or the rest doing more, prettiness of sentiment
will be forgotten. To dock the skulker's food is not
enough ; many will rather eat haws and starve on
petty pilferings than put their shoulder to the wheel
for one hour daily. For such as these, then, the
whip will be in the overseer's hand; and his own
sense of justice and the superintendence of a chaotic
popular assembly will be the only checks on its
employment. Now, you may be an industrious man
and a good citizen, and yet not love, nor yet be
loved by, Dr. Fell the inspector. It is admitted by
private soldiers that the disfavour of a sergeant is
an evil not to be combated ; offend the sergeant,
they say, and in a brief while you will either be
disgraced or have deserted. And the sergeant can
no longer appeal to the lash. But if these things go
on, we shall see, or our sons shall see, what it is to
have offended an inspector.
This for the unfortunate. But with the fortunate
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Volume 11, 1895 - Miscellanies, Volume III
DescriptionContents: Virginibus Puerisque; Later Essays: Fontainbleau, Realism*, Style*, Morality*, Books which have Influenced Me, Day after Tomorrow*, Letter to a Young Gentleman, Pulvis, Christmas Sermon, Damien.
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Dates / events: 1895 [Date published]
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Edinburgh edition, 1894-98 - Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionEdinburgh edition. Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable for Longmans Green and Co, 1894-98. [28 volumes in total, only some of which NLS has digitised.]
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Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 [Author]
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DescriptionFull text versions of early editions of works by Robert Louis Stevenson. Includes 'Kidnapped', 'The Master of Ballantrae' and other well-known novels, as well as 'Prince Otto', 'Dynamiter' and 'St Ives'. Also early British and American book editions, serialisations of novels in newspapers and literary magazines, and essays by Stevenson.
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