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The Bottle Imp ❴Read❵ ➵ The Bottle Imp Author Robert Louis Stevenson – Offering an engrossing spin on a time honored theme the risky business of making a pact with the devil this short story is a radiant jewel It recounts the mercurial lot of Keawe a Hawaiian who purchas Offering an engrossing spin on a time honored theme the risky business of making a pact with the devil this short story is a radiant jewel It recounts the mercurial lot of Keawe a Hawaiian who purchases a bottle inhabited by an imp capable of granting any wish Yet this enticing object holds a dark curse anyone who dies with it in his possession will burn forever in hell And here's the rub one can sell the bottle only for less than its purchase price Keawe rids himself of the bottle after acuiring The Bottle ePUB í a palatial home But when he needs it again to ensure his happiness with a newfound love its cost is chillingly one cent and the responsibility of ownership becomes a good deal complexNewly designed and typeset in a modern by inch format by Waking Lion Press.

About the Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist poet and travel writer and a leading representative of English literature He was greatly admired by many authors including Jorge Luis Borges Ernest Hemingway Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir NabokovMost modernist writers dismissed him however because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature It is onl.

10 thoughts on “The Bottle Imp

  1. Janete Janete says:

    45 stars Audiobook in Portuguese Synopsis 'The Bottle Imp' is an 1891 short story by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson usually found in the short story collection 'Island Nights' Entertainments' It was first published in the 'New York Herald' February–March 1891 and 'Black and White' London March–April 1891 In it the protagonist buys a bottle with an imp inside that grants wishes However the bottle is cursed; if the holder dies bearing it his or her soul is forfeit to hell

  2. Cecily Cecily says:

    A few weeks ago Apatt suggested I might like some Halloween shorts It turned out it he wasn’t referring to seasonally patterned undergarments but to short stories with a dash of the macabre This is one of his recommendationsMy first encounter with Robert Louis Stevenson was as a pre schooler via his charming A Child's Garden of Verses vividly and distinctively illustrated by Brian Wildsmith Later I came to know him for darker fare like The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Kidnapped and Treasure Island though The Muppets infamously lightened thatThis Victorian 1891 story is somewhere between being a sometimes lighthearted look at a Faustian pact with Hawaiian exoticsm a love story and potential paradoxes thrown inIt opens enticingly “ There was a man of the Island of Hawaii whom I shall call Keawe; for the truth is he still lives and his name must be kept secret” Whatever dark things the reader is about to learn there is still something to be afraid of The eponymous bottle has bewitching beauty; the imp less soImage Demon Seated by Mikhail Vrubal 1890 Source“ A round bellied bottle with a long neck; the glass of it was white like milk with changing rainbow colours in the grain Withinsides something obscurely moved like a shadow and a fire”The imp will grant its owner any wish except immortality Of course there are a few other caveats and rules but mortals think they can outwit the imp So far so traditional But Stevenson’s story is complex warm and original than I expected Keawe is a good man and a wise one He knows that if something sounds too got to be true it probably is He knows to be careful what you wish for Although he assumes money buys peace of mind and happiness he does not want to be corrupted by the possibility of untold wealth or for others to beKokua is a good woman and a wise one There are several enticing but difficult dilemmas Is it not a terrible thing to save oneself by the eternal ruin of another?”Conversely what would you sacrifice for love?The ending was clever but I’d have preferred ambiguityYou can read the dozen pages free on Gutenberg HERE

  3. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    This 1891 story by Robert Louis Stevenson is a fun October read just a little spooky Native Hawaiian Keawe meets a man with a beautiful home but a deep sadness in his heart It turns out that the man's wealth and possessions all come from a mysterious bottle with a magical imp inside that grants your wishes But there's always a catch with wishes being granted In this case the only way to get rid of the bottle is to sell it for less than you paid for it and if you die still possessing the bottle your soul will go to hell As the price drops to pennies the plot thickens How it plays out is interesting and rather creative Stevenson examines the hearts of men and women as they deal with the hopes and fears that accompany the magical bottleFree to read online many places including here

  4. Apatt Apatt says:

    One of my favorite stories just the thing to read for Halloween not that it is particularly scary but it does have a dark atmosphere and a cool supernatural conceit involving wishes and an imp Like The Monkey’s Paw which I just reviewed earlier today the story is underpinned by the theme of “be careful what you wish for” Having said that the way wishes work in The Bottle Imp is much complex and interesting than The Monkey's PawBasically whoever possess the bottled imp can make an unlimited number of wishes but they must sell the bottle for less than the purchase price before they die otherwise they will burn in hell forever after their death That doesn't sound like much of a challenge selling things at a loss is easy it’s making a profit that is always a struggle However Robert Louis Stevenson cleverly explores the practicality of reselling an item that reduces in value until it reaches the ultimate price level of zilchIf you have all your wishes you want but you bought the bottle for a single penny what would you do? The protagonist Keawe thought he had it made when he was able to sell the bottle after being granted a mansion and a servant by the imp Unfortunately after selling the bottle he is afflicted with leprosy just when he is preparing to marry the beautiful Kokua the love of his life His only hope for a cure is to buy the bottle back from whoever has it now Tracking down the bottle is not particularly challenging and buying it is all too easy The problem is that the selling rice is now extremely low fortunately his wife Kokua has the brilliant idea of going overseas to a country where the currency has a lower minimum denomination than in the US So off they go to Tahiti a “centime” is worth less than half of a penny You will have to read it to find how it all turns outThough not as legendary as Stevenson’s classic The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde The Bottle Imp is a very entertaining and thought provoking story the morality of selling such a bottle is after all uestionable It is whimsically narrated in the style of a folk tale and the conclusion is nice and satisfyingRead The Bottle Imp free online and legal

  5. Brian Brian says:

    Freaky story This guy sells a bottle that gives you anything you want but you have to sell it before you die or you burn in hell forever Devil deal You must sell for less than you bought it and currency doesn't diminish forever So this guy wishes for a great house on the beach and he gets it but his uncle dies He takes over his uncle's house He finally sells it and falls in love Blind love Stupid love He buys it back to get her and gets her but now he's miserable So she learns of it and the wheel to hell spins and new passengers ride over the brink

  6. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    A tale on the classic theme of ‘The Problems With Wishes’ A man comes across the remarkable opportunity to buy a bottle containing an imp – who genie like will fulfill all the wishes of his owner The catch? If the owner dies in possession of the bottle he or she will be damned for all eternity The bottle cannot be given away only sold – and it may only be sold for a lesser price than it was bought for It’s a great set up and Stevenson does it full justice It’s also worth mentioning that the main characters are native Hawaiian – the setting was based on Stevenson’s 1889 travels in the then independent Hawaii There is no ‘exotification’ of the characters’ background at all – interestingly the story was first published in the Samoan language according to Stevenson ‘for a Polynesian audience’

  7. Dov Zeller Dov Zeller says:

    There is a man of the island of Hawaii whom I shall call Keawe; for the truth is he still lives and his name must be kept secret but the place of his birth was not far from Honaunau where the bones of Keawe the Great lie hidden in a cave This man was poor brave and active he could read and write like a schoolmaster he was a first rate mariner besides sailed for some time in the island steamers and steered a whaleboat on the Hamakua coast At length it came in Keawe's mind to have a sight of the great world and foreign cities and he shipped on a vessel bound to San FranciscoIt is here in San Francisco Keawe finds a particular hill with palatial homes and thinks These houses are awesome All the folks around here must be stoked my uote not RLS's But what does he find instead?Imagine walking through your dream neighborhood and seeing that the people who own these great houses and live in the lap of luxury aren't happy at all In fact they're miserable as if cursed Keawe finds himself opposite such a man looking into the window of one of these palaces He finds himself locking eyes with an unhappy man looking out acting as a kind of mirror into Keawe's own soul Or in this moment there is a kind of doubling familiar in Stevenson's works For her part Harmon highlights Stevenson’s “doubleness” The ambidextrous author of “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” recalled in a letter to psychical researcher FWH Myers how when sick as a child he had often been aware of having “two consciousnesses” He called these “Myself” and “the other fellow” The former was his everyday common sense self the latter his irrational absurd “other” self Frank Wilson on Claire Harmon's biography of RLSThe man in the window is unhappy because he has this bottle and there's an imp living in it really a kind of devil and this devil weighs on a person's conscience As long as the man has this bottle which exacerbates his anxiety and his lust for wealth and power and ensures him entrance into the mosh pits of hell he will be a wreck Fortunately for him Keawe takes it off his hands I have heard spoken that there is no accumulation of wealth without violence and perhaps this book is about material wealth and moral bankruptcy But then again maybe it's not For as long as a person gets rid of the bottle in time as long as one takes enough from it but not too much they'll be okay in the endBut if a person holds on to the bottle and it's in their possession upon death well the afterlife will be no picnic to say the leastThe moral of the story It's okay to sell your soul to the devil for a little while? We're all brave until we have something to lose? The things we do for love often make us miserable? If we strategize our sins will be forgiven in time to clear our conscience for death? Even if we make ourselves hellishly miserable trying to get to the happy ever after place we can still get there if someone else is morally bankrupt than we areThere is something about scapegoating in here if can see else as worse than we are we can live easily with ourselvesAnd something about dissociating if we can cut off from and deny the predatory parts of ourselves then we can have some sort of happily ever after It's hard to say exactly what kind of moral universe we are living in with The Bottle Imp which is one of the things that makes it a delight It's shuffling smoothly between a registers fairy tale folk tale hero tale short story gothichorror tale social economic philosophical inuiry There also seems in it conversation with certain novelistic forms I say that because there's something in the set up of this story that seems to praise and mock the idea of the novelistic hero But who knows I don't know I'm not a big fan of short fiction but I enjoyed this story a lot

  8. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    Is it possible for a rich man 22 February 2014 This is one of those little treasures that I have stumbled across in a collection of short stories of Stevenson's that are all have a supernatural theme and also generally creepy which is what you get with supernatural stories The Bottle Imp is a story of a native Hawiian which is interesting in that the main character of this book is not Anglo american who is sold a rather magnificent bottle Basically the owner of the bottle will come into great fortune however there are some catches if you lose possession of the bottle then your fortune will turn bad yet if you retain possession of the bottle when you die then you are damned to the fires of hell So how does one get rid of the bottle? Well you have to sell it for less than you purchased it So seeing an opportunity the Hawaiian purchases the bottle and becomes really wealthy and then sells it However as I said there is a catch Upon selling the bottle he loses all of his fortune so he goes on a trek around the world to attempt to find the bottle again and when he does he can only buy it for one cent which he does Fortunately his wife tells him that there are places in the world where they have coins worth less than one American cent so he goes to Tahiti in an attempt to sell it which he does only to discover that his fortune once again vanishes so he attempts to buy it back expect that the person who has bought it has already consigned himself to hell so he wants to spend the remainder of his days living it up Not bad from a guy who looks like this Actually most of the pictures of Stevenson that I see have him looking a bit prim and proper much like this onewhich surprised me somewhat because he looks a lot like some plantation owner from the South than a Scottish author but then again this guylooks much like your atypical plantation owner but that is beside the point because we are talking about Robert Louis Stevenson and his story The Bottle Imp Still the first picture seems to suit the image of an author much than the second image and the third image is totally irrelevant What The Bottle Imp is about is the conflict between living a comfortable lifestyle and living a moral lifestyle that is a lifestyle where the ultimate destination is heaven as opposed to hell While compared to the rest of the world I am actually uite wealthy and those of you who are reading this commentary are probably in the same boat the funny this is that there are always people who are wealthier than us and there are things that they have that we want like the big house or a car like thiseven though we can easily get by with a car that looks like this The thing is that wealth is very seductive and by surrounding yourself with wealth and living such a lifestyle there are two dangers living beyond your means and alienating yourself from the poor and the marginalised Many of us in attempting to enhance our lifestyle end up robbing the poorest sections of society from any opportunity to be able to enjoy life Our hunt for greater profit and greater returns results in the decline of the manufacturing sector the undercutting of wages and what is in effect a race to the bottom Those of us who are bosses and sit at the top of the chain end up looking for ways of increasing our own income which ends up robbing others of theirs We close down factories keep wages stagnated and jack up prices without any empathy as to how it is affecting others around us We go home to our big house in our BMW yet do not realise that our employees are stressing out as to how they can pay their bills and keep a roof over their head or send their children to school and get a good education That is the idea as to how our lust for wealth can in the end damn us to hell because we are only concerned about ourself and own life We do not care that the clothes on our back are produced through slave labour and we treat others humans as either figures production machines or people that simply exist only to serve us In fact as our economy moves towards a service economy the jobs that are available look uite appalling indeed not just because of the low wages but because of the rubbish that they have to put up with Dealing with customers is very hard work because in reality customers can be absolute pigs when they want to be yet those in the service industry have to smile and put up with it because if they put a step wrong and the customer complains it does not matter whether the customer is right or not it is the service staff that gets it in the neck

  9. Amina Amina says:

    What would you give to have your dreams come true? What would you sacrifice for the love of your life's soul?

  10. Jeanette (Again) Jeanette (Again) says:

    This was a fun bitty bit of a story to curl up with when I couldn't seem to focus on anything substantial It's about a Hawaiian man and a magic bottle and a devilish conundrum I wouldn't mind being the last one left holding the bottle because I don't believe in hell What a bargain for a piddling little centimeI loved Stevenson's word sketches of Hawaii and San Francisco and Tahiti as they were at that time

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