35. Young Mrs. Savage by D. H. Stevenson

D. E. Stevenson was a renowned Scottish author of romance stories. She wrote over 40 romance novels during her writing career. Her married name was actually Peploe but she wrote under the Stevenson name.  Part of this was probably due to the fame of her first cousin, Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of “Treasure Island.”  Readers should note that Lester Dent used the “Treasure Island” story as a basis for his very own pirate story titled “The Polar Treasure.” 

Mrs. Stevenson has something of a following these days. Her novels revolve around relationships — sister, husband, or parents.  One of her stories, Young Mrs. Savage, was first published in 1948 in England.  So why is this of any interest to readers of the Doc Savage series?  This item first came to my attention thanks to a post by a fellow named Dan over on the alt.fan.doc-savage newsgroup back in January 2004.  It sure was a good find by Dan and very nice of him to share it with everyone. This novel intersects the Doc Savage universe at a couple of points.

“Old Monk” as he is called, has hair growing out his ears.  In a tale that gets larger with the telling, Old Monk has a pet parrot named Methuselah who is very dear to his heart.  Yes, but his name was Mr. Monk.  He was a funny little man, hairy like a baboon, with twinkling eyes and a heart of gold.  Monk is often described as having twinkling eyes

Clarke works for Malcolm and has a deep sense of loyalty to him.  Dinah Savage, who is the Young Mrs. Savage, describes Clarke thus: Dinah had always thought of Clarke as a silent person.  He had seemed to be automaton — scarcely human — but this evening her opinion was completely changed.

Pat is just a character in the story.  The fact that she has the same first name as Patricia Savage makes her notable.

Dan is Dinah’s brother.  Dan seems to place little importance on his attire.  However an incident arises showing Dan is very much concerned about having the right clothes for the right occasion.

All this may have only been a coincidence.  It does occur to me that Stevenson may have read The Polar Treasure and felt that turnabout was fair play. Regardless the reason, it would be nice to think that someone was giving a little tribute to the man of bronze and his amazing friends.