Translation: Christiane Thiollier
Variations around a character and a tavern on Treasure Island - A little-known book by Stevenson, co-written with Henley.
The play Amiral Guinea features a clash between four characters: Captain Gaunt, nicknamed "Admiral Guinea", former commander of a slave ship, filled with remorse after a life as a slave trader which caused the death of his beloved wife, Hester, consumed by her husband's vile conduct; Arethuse Gaunt, his daughter; Christopher French, says Kit, a young buccaneer who has decided to give up his pirate existence and take the right path to marry Arethuse; Pew, one of the characters of Treasure Island, gone blind, here former boatswain of Captain Gaunt, who will sow the disorder by training the young Kit, to whom Captain Gaunt refused the hand of Arethuse, in a senseless enterprise which will cause many misunderstandings and will end with the death of the villain. A fifth figure, set back, is Mrs. Drake, patron saint of Admiral Benbow, an inn that also appears in Treasure Island.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is the well-known author of Treasure Island and The Strange Cases of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He struck up a friendship with Henley in the 1880s.
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) was a British poet, writer and dramatic critic, author of the famous resilience poem "Invictus" he wrote after having a foot amputated. Stevenson was inspired by his handicap to create Treasure Island character Long John Silver.