Study Guide

Jennet Clouston in Kidnapped

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Jennet Clouston

Jennet is pretty much just there to provide foreshadowing of terrible things to come. In Chapter 2, she tells Davie that "Blood built [the house of Shaws]; blood stopped the building of it; blood shall bring it down" (2.18). She's a wrathful tenant of Ebenezer's, which says something about his character. But there's also some nice indication of what's going to happen later in the story: "blood stopped the building of [the house]." As in, bad blood between Alexander (Davie's father) and Ebenezer broke the family in two and turned uncle against nephew.

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