He's a resident of the Lowlands the southeast part of Scotland traveling among the clans of the Highlands. The youth believes Alan is the assassin, but Alan denies responsibility. With a price on his life following the rebellion, he hid out in a cage-like dwelling in the mountains where he was brought the news and still held authority over the clan. He gives David 60 guineas and tells him he has more money and properties to give him. . But when Davie arrives at the house of Shaws, all he finds is his uncle Ebenezer Balfour, who is a very unpleasant man.
He completely conveys a rather batty, guilt carrying hermit. It is full of adventure, dark ish humor, introspective conversations, and great acting. It's tough to imagine the kind of wildly anti-English sentiment present in Scotland in the eighteenth century. He is a nice man when drinking, which is most of the time, and he tells David he will help him contact Rankeillor and Minister Campbell. Is it guilt, or simply just fear at what it is he is doing? Living alone in seclusion, he had become peculiar and does not take nicely to David, who is against gambling, when Alan and David visit. Once, Alexander and his brother Ebenezer had a fight over a woman David's future mother.
Kidnapped is the story of Davie's struggle to claim his inheritance and find his place in the world. Davie is both the luckiest and unluckiest of characters. The political situation of the time is portrayed from multiple viewpoints, and the are treated sympathetically. All of the small boat's crew are killed except one man, , who is brought on board and offers Hoseason a large sum of money to drop him off on the mainland. He visits David while David is resting at the Maclaren's because he had known a good surgeon with the last name, Balfour, and wanted to know if they were related. But by the time Davie understand this, it's too late.
So Ebenezer gives his nephew some money and admits that Davie is the rightful heir of the House of Shaws, and the book ends. After the ship sinks, he defends Alan, allowing him to escape. He attempts to kill Davie, though Davie doesn't understand why. Alan and David then begin their flight through the , hiding from government soldiers by day. Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws, who is Davie's uncle and an all-around bad guy.
The pirates plan to kill Alan. Alan coerces Hoseason into putting them ashore. The captain lures David aboard his ship and him, at Ebenezer's instigation. He is led to his father's childhood home where his resentful Uncle Ebenezer first tries to kill him and then has him kidnapped. Davie could take Ebenezer to court, but the lawyer has a way around this. There, they meet a lawyer of David's uncle's, Mr.
Shaws Estate Friendly welcome from Uncle Ebenzer Cool gun though. Ransome had lived so long in the company of ships men that he did not believe one could have a normal life on land. We have a lot of sympathy for Davie, given that he is a penniless orphan. David is accused of killing the Red Fox , looking like a ginger Meatloaf. John Breck Maccoll A bouman of Appin, he follows Alan's hints to find David and Alan at Corrynakeigh. His household is in chaos but he helps Alan and David prepare for the rest of their journey. At the same time, as the potential laird of an estate in Scotland, we or some of us here at Shmoop, at least want to be Davie.
Ebenezer is a good example of a simple, plot-moving character. He tries to steal Alan's silver button but Alan stops him. David washes up ashore, still with his gold. When he gave up his lady for wealth, he became married to his gold. However, a thick fog comes up and the ship collides with a boat. Is he feeling a bit guilty? There is a bowl of porridge on the table which Ebenezer offers to David.
The novel is all about how he gets from point A penniless orphan to point B laird of the noble house of Shaws. Stevenson is a master of creating imperfect characters and making us like them anyway. Stewart The wife of James of the Glens, she graciously thanks David for risking his life to help her husband. David, who believes his father to have been the younger brother, is amazed at the penmanship. Davie is excited that he'll get to meet a lord and he hopes to find his fortune, or at least get a job, in the Shaw's household. He resolves a near duel between Alan and Robin Oig by challenging them to pipe. He never tips over into really bad territory.
But the coast is rocky and the boat runs up against a reef and sinks. Hesitantly, he agrees to give it back to David. So, Alexander promised the land and its rents to Ebenezer if he would give up the lady. He shows the book to Ebenezer who claims their father wrote the inscription. In a very underhanded way, Rankeillor suggests that Davie blackmail his uncle into giving him his inheritance.
He carries a belt full of money, which Hoseason wants. The boat has set sail with the addition of one seventeen-year-old future slave. It was a dark and stormy night. It turns out that Ebenezer is planning to have Hoseason sell Davie as a slave to a plantation in America. Davie, who has no reason to be loyal to the greedy captain, warns Alan of the plan.