By Rudyard Kipling
First released in 1897, Captain Courageous tells of the high-seas adventures of Harvey Cheyne, the son of an American millionaire, who, after falling from a luxurious ocean liner, is rescued via the raucous staff of the fishing send We’re right here. Obstinate and spoiled in the beginning, Harvey in the end learns diligence and accountability and earns the camaraderie of the seamen, who deal with him as certainly one of their very own. a real try of personality, Harvey’s months aboard the We’re the following supply a pleasant glimpse of lifestyles at sea and well-told morals of self-discipline, empathy, and self-reliance.
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She used to be resting in a boarding-house close to japanese Point—a unusual institution, controlled, it sounds as if, by way of the boarders, the place the table-cloths have been red-and-white-checkered, and the inhabitants, who appeared to have recognized each other in detail for years, rose up at nighttime to make Welsh rarebits if it felt hungry. at the moment morning of her remain Mrs. Cheyne positioned away her diamond solitaires ahead of she got here right down to breakfast. “They’re most enjoyable people,” she confided to her husband; “so pleasant and easy, too, even though they're all Boston, approximately. ” “That isn’t simpleness, mama,” he acknowledged, having a look around the boulders in the back of the appletrees the place the hammocks have been slung. “It’s the opposite factor, that we—that I haven’t acquired. ” “It can’t be,” stated Mrs. Cheyne, quietly. “There isn’t a lady right here owns a costume that expense 100 money. Why, we—” “I understand it, expensive. We have—of direction we've. i suppose it’s merely the fashion they put on East. Are you having a great time? ” “I don’t see greatly of Harvey; he’s regularly with you; yet I ain’t close to as worried as i used to be. ” “I haven’t had this kind of reliable time on account that Willie died. I by no means rightly understood that I had a son prior to this. Harve’s bought to be a good boy. ’Anything i will be able to fetch you, pricey? ’Cushion below your head? good, we’ll move all the way down to the wharf back and go searching. ” Harvey was once his father’s shadow in these days, and the 2 strolled in conjunction with through facet, Cheyne utilizing the grades as an excuse for laying his hand at the boy’s sq. shoulder. It was once then that Harvey spotted and prominent what had by no means struck him before—his father’s curious strength of having on the middle of latest issues as realized from males on the street. “How d’ you are making ’em let you know every thing with no establishing your head? ” demanded the son, as they got here out of a rigger’s loft. “I’ve handled a variety of males in my time, Harve, and one sizes ’em up by some means, i suppose. i do know whatever approximately myself, too. ” Then, after a pause, as they sat down on a wharf-edge: “Men can ’most continually inform while a guy has dealt with issues for himself, after which they deal with him as one in all themselves. ” “Same as they deal with me down at Wouverman’s wharf, I’m one of many crowd now. Disko has informed each one I’ve earned my pay. ” Harvey unfolded his fingers and rubbed the hands jointly. “They’re all tender again,” he stated dolefully. “Keep ’em that approach for the following few years, whereas you’re getting your schooling. you could harden ’em up after. ” “Ye-es, i assume so,” used to be the answer, in no extremely joyful voice. “It rests with you, Harve. you could take hide at the back of your mama, in fact, and positioned her directly to fussing approximately your nerves and your high-strungness and all that sort of poppycock. ” “Have I ever performed that? ” stated Harvey, uneasily. His father grew to become the place he sat and thrust out an extended hand. “You recognize in addition to I do this I can’t make something of you when you don’t act directly via me. i will deal with you on my own if you’ll remain on my own, yet I don’t fake to regulate either you and mama. Life’s too brief, besides. ” “Don’t make me out a lot of a fellow, does it?