Kidnapped | Study Guide

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Kidnapped | Chapter 2 : I Come to My Journey's End | Summary



As David approaches the house of Shaws he is dismayed by the unfavorable reactions of the people whom he asks for directions. Seeing the house, he sits and thinks, deciding as the sun goes down that he will approach the house. He sees light inside, but no one answers the door. David then bangs and kicks until a man points a gun out of the window above the door.


David sets out for the house of Shaws with optimism and a bit of naiveté, expecting that his relatives are good people who will support him in his path toward a career. As he approaches the house, he begins to be dissuaded from this notion. The more people that he asks, the more discouraged he feels. The theme of family relationships looms large in this novel, and this is the first occasion when David will see that he cannot trust family simply because they are family. David grew up in a small community where he learned the expectation that he could rely on relatives, but before he even reaches the first stop on his journey, events are beginning to reshape his world view.

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