"Pieces of eight ..." Quote of Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pieces of eight! pieces of eight! pieces of eight!

Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Long John Silver's parrot, Cap'n Flint, in Treasure Island, pt 1, ch. 10 (1883). "Pieces of eight" were the old Spanish silver peso of eight reals—marked with an "8"Mcurrent in the 18th and 19th centuries.