The only examples of religious activity in this novel occur toward the end. Why do you think Stevenson shows his characters’ religious side only near the end of their adventure?
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It's difficult to say, but it's clear that Stevenson does not want the story to appear as some sort of allegory or apologia for a given religious worldview. Nevertheless, precisely insofar as the characters' religious convictions shape their lives on a more timeless scale--giving them a lasting significance--it seems salutory to include them. This could be a reason for waiting until the end to mention them.