Captains Courageous (Penguin Classics)

Captains Courageous (Penguin Classics)

Rudyard Kipling

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 0142437719

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

First published in 1897, Captain Courageous tells of the high-seas adventures of Harvey Cheyne, the son of an American millionaire, who, after falling from a luxury ocean liner, is rescued by the raucous crew of the fishing ship We’re Here. Obstinate and spoiled at first, Harvey in due course learns diligence and responsibility and earns the camaraderie of the seamen, who treat him as one of their own. A true test of character, Harvey’s months aboard the We’re Here provide a delightful glimpse of life at sea and well-told morals of discipline, empathy, and self-reliance.

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speed” as by the magnetic power generated by Henry Adams’s dynamo (Beer, p. 195). For if Americans prized Kipling, Beer declared that it was because he was “somebody willing to take the American’s side against European condescension and to brag with him of machinery,” a balancing act “between Yankee impulse and British stolidity.” But we need to add to Beer’s equation that “machinery” for Kipling included those men that tended the mechanisms of power, indeed could not be separated from them. If

stern-becket, and clambered into the schooner. “Pull!” shouted Dan, and Harvey pulled, astonished to find how easily the dory rose. “Hold on, she don’t nest in the crosstrees!” Dan laughed; and Harvey held on, for the boat lay in the air above his head. “Lower away,” Dan shouted, and as Harvey lowered, Dan swayed the light boat with one hand till it landed softly just behind the mainmast. “They don’t weigh nothin’ empty. Thet was right smart fer a passenger. There’s more trick to it in a

come home,” said Dan, as Uncle Salters hustled Penn into the fore-cabin. “ ’Looks to me like’s if we’d all be doin’ so fer a spell. There’s nothin’ in creation deader-limpsey-idler ’n a Banker when she ain’t on fish.” “I’m glad ye spoke, Danny,” cried Long Jack, who had been casting round in search of amusement. “I’d clean forgot we’d a passenger under that T-wharf hat. There’s no idleness for thim that don’t know their ropes. Pass him along, Tom Platt, an’ we’ll larn him.” “ ’T ain’t my trick

interviewed Mark Twain—an author he greatly admired—in his summer home. He also proposed marriage to Ted Hill’s sister, Caroline Taylor, but the engagement would prove to be of short duration because Kipling’s liberal religious convictions were not acceptable to Miss Taylor’s father. In New York City, he attempted to interest the prestigious publishing firm of Harper and Brothers in his writing, but with no more luck than with his courtship of Caroline. (Because of the lack of international

grin, an interpretation of the novel that should please Marxist critics. But can it be trusted? In May of 1896, with Captains Courageous now in manuscript awaiting periodical publication, Kipling wrote Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, a popular American author, summarizing the plot of his book. Referring to Harvey’s redemption, Kipling wrote, “The three months [sic] experience makes a man of him or rather—he is only 15 years old—teaches him to appreciate his father. He is landed at Gloucester, wires his

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