Excerpt from The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Vol. 4: Tale and Fantasies
Outside the family John had early attached himself (much as a dog may follow a marquess) to the steps of Alan Houston, a lad about a year Older than himself, idle, a triﬂe wild, the heir to a good estate which was still in the hands of a rigorous trustee, and so royally content with himself that he took John's devotion as a thing Of course. The intimacy was gall to Mr. Nicholson; it took his son from the house, and he was a jealous parent; it kept him from the office, and he was a martinet; lastly, Mr. Nicholson was ambitious for his family (in which, and in the Disruption Principles, he entirely lived), and hated to see a son Of his play second fiddle to an idler. After some hesitation, he ordered that the friendship should cease - an unfair command, though seemingly inspired by the spirit of prophecy; and John, saying nothing, continued to disobey the order under the rose.
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