At a glance:
- Author: Richard Hughes
- First Published: 1929
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism
- Setting: Jamaica, the high seas, and England
- Characters: Mr. Bas-Thornton, Mrs. Bas-Thornton, John, Emily, Edward, Rachael, Laura, Margaret Fernandez, Harry Fernandez, Captain Jonsen, A Dutch Sea Captain
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Maturation or coming of age, Children, Voyages, Caribbean, Murder or homicide, Nineteenth century, Brothers and sisters, Trials, England or English people, Sea or seafaring life, Hurricanes, Pirates
- Locales: Europe, England, Jamaica, Central America and West Indies, United Kingdom
Five young Bas-Thorntons live on the family’s run-down sugar plantation in Jamaica. On the day after Emily’s tenth birthday, they are allowed to make their first visit away from home. They go to meet Margaret and Harry Fernandez, children of Creole neighbors, on a nearby plantation. The Fernandez children often run around barefoot, like blacks; Emily thinks it quite wonderful. During their visit, the region is shaken by a slight earthquake. Emily is wildly excited and gallops her pony into the sea. For the first time she realizes that there are forces in the...
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