Robert L. Stevenson – The Enchantress


A modern tale of the late 1800’s

A gentleman addicted to gambling meets a young orphan woman of wealth and beauty, an encounter in the moonlight. These are not the elements of an ordinary feuilleton, because the author, despite appearances, can’t tolerate sentimentalism.
This short story, whilst keeping 1800’s settings and characters, overturns traditional gender roles, slowly unveiling the subversive topic of the objectification and exploitation of men, as character Edward Hatfield explains.
If, in the 1800’s, The Enchantress was certainly upsetting for boys and unsuitable for girls, it can still bewilder today’s readers.
Politely shocking.

Translation by Sara Di Girolamo