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Literature: Kidnapped
Kidnapped is an 1886 historical fiction adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is set in 18th century Scotland and includes real people and events. A lesser-known sequel, Catriona (or David Balfour, depending on your country) was published in 1893.

David Balfour's father has just died, leaving him with a letter of introduction to be given to Mr. Ebenezer Balfour of the House of Shaws - a person and place David has never heard of. Nevertheless, he goes to the House of Shaws, which turns out to be a near-ruin, and Mr. Ebenezer Balfour turns out to be his uncle. The two do not get on well, and Ebenezer tries to kill David. When this fails, he pays Captain Hoseason, a friend of his, to take David to the Carolinas to be sold as a slave. Then the ship David is a prisoner on hits a fishing boat and as a result gains a new passenger, Alan Breck Stuart, who the Captain plans to have killed. David warns Alan, and the two become friends. Then the ship is wrecked, and things go from bad to worse...

It can be read here. It has been adapted multiple times, including a 1960 Disney version.

Kidnapped provides examples of:

  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: A very grim version: Mr. Shuan commits murder while under the influence of alcohol.
    • A less grim version: Alan, while under the influence of drink, convinces a very sick David to give him money for gambling.
  • Altum Videtur: Mr. Rankeillor uses a lot of gratuitous Latin.
  • Badass: Alan.
  • Blood Knight: Alan, especially towards anyone with the name of Campbell.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Captain Hoseason.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Alan has his moments.
    Alan: It would certainly be much simpler to write to [a friend of his], but it would be a sore job for John Breck to read it. He would have to go to school for two-three years; and it's possible we might be wearied waiting on him.
  • Everything's Louder With Bagpipes: Alan and Robin Macgregor have a contest to see who's the better piper. Alan loses.
  • Evil Uncle: Ebenezer.
  • Hanover-Stuart Wars: Takes place about ten years after them. Alan fought in them, first on King George's side, then as a Jacobite.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Alan and David.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Alan Breck Stuart and many other characters were real people.
  • Jerkass: Uncle Ebenezer.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Alan is arrogant, a Blood Knight, and rather inconsiderate of others at times, but he truly cares for David.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • So who did kill the Red Fox? Whoever it was, he got away with it, and Alan and David took the blame.
    • Averted with Mr. Shuan, who kills Ransome, and is then killed by Alan.
  • Kill the Cutie: Poor Ransome.
  • Love Triangle: David's father and uncle were both in love with the same girl. David's father got the girl and his uncle got the estate.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: David.
  • Odd Couple / Odd Friendship: David, a Whig who supports King George, and Alan, a Jacobite who supports Prince Charles (and is a deserter from the royalist side).
  • Spoiled Brat: Uncle Ebenezer's backstory.
  • Spoiler Title: The title makes it very clear that someone is going to be kidnapped.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Alan and David, at times.
  • Walking the Earth: The main plot of the novel is Alan and David walking over the Highlands of Scotland while dodging redcoats.

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