Summary (Masterplots, Definitive Revised Edition)
Mordaunt Littlepage, son of Cornelius Littlepage, of Satanstoe, was at Princeton for six years studying for his bachelor of arts degree during most of the Revolutionary War. Upon graduation, he served in his father’s battalion at the siege of Yorktown and there met sixty-seven-year-old Captain Andries Coejemans, a skilled woodsman and known as Chainbearer because he carried the forward chain in the surveying work he did as a civilian. Mordaunt attained the rank of captain by the time of Cornwallis’ surrender.
Mordaunt formed a strong attachment to the hale old man, and at the close of the war, Chainbearer suggested that Mordaunt meet Dus Malbone, his orphaned niece. The captain thought that she would make a fine wife for his young friend, but Mordaunt, determined to remain unattached, returned home. Chainbearer went back to his civilian occupation, which was considered an ordinary laboring job.
Traveling back to Lilacsbush, Mordaunt and his aged servant, Jaap, were low in funds because by that time the continental currency was practically worthless. On one occasion, they stopped at an inn where Jaap performed and collected plenty of money for their lodging. After stopping at Lilacsbush, Mordaunt and Kate, his youngest sister, rode on to Satanstoe to visit their grandmother. During the ride, Kate told Mordaunt that she hoped to marry Tom Bayard, whom they would meet at Satanstoe, where he was visiting with his sister Priscilla, Kate’s...
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