By Charles Bukowski
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After the arrival of Franeis Osbaldistone at Osbaldistone Hall, mueh of the plot of Rob Roy is taken up with the attempts of his cousin, the evil plotter Rashleigh, to unseat hirn from his rightful pI ace in the London firm and destroy both hirn and his father. Rashleigh's sister, the spirited Diana Vernon, falls in love with Francis and enlists the help of Rob Roy, on ce an honest drover, now a dangerous outlaw embittered by misfortune and injustiee. In the end Rashleigh is foreed to surrender and is killed by Rob Roy.
See Nabokov, op. , Vol. 36. See '0 g-zhe STAL' i 0 g. A. M-VE' in PSS, VII, 17-19. See also Constant, Adolphe: 'Ce earaetere si noble, si eourageux dans la perseeution, si fidele dans I'amitie, si genereux dans le devouement' (op. 6). There is a distinet and intriguing parallel here with Stendhal's Julien Sorel, exeept that his hero-worship is of Napoleon. See in partieular, H. Stendhal, Le Rouge et le Noir, in Oeuvres (Paris, Bibliotheque de la Pleiade, 1952), p. 273 (the reseue of his portrait of Napoleon inseribed with his 'transports of love'); and p.
In it we see hirn constantly experimenting, right from 1827 to his death ten years later, with a whole range of technical problems to do with eharacter, plot, history, style and, not least, the nascent possibilities of the young Russian literary language, in an attempt to write a novel. As Anna Akhmatova says: 'The task consisted in transforming the ready-made schema of a plot into a conerete work with speeifie, real material. ,48 But it is important to note that this experimentation continued throughout the period he was 'progressing' in his other prose works, and that in each one he addresses very different questions: it is not so much a question of an accumulative experience, of building on previous successes - however beguiling that idea may be - as of tackling a whole se ries of different tasks at more or less the same time.
Absence of the Hero (Uncollected Stories and Essays, Volume 2: 1946-1992) by Charles Bukowski