Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, British Fiction Series)
Digby Grand’s father, Sir Peregrine Grand of Haverley Hall, had one fond wish with respect to his son: he wanted Digby to be a man of fashion and to know his position in society. With that in mind, he decided that when Digby, then a youngster at Eton, should finish school, he would be commissioned in the British Army. Digby, taken with the idea, wished to have his appointment made at once.
As luck had it, Digby met General Sir Benjamin Burgonet, who was pleased with the young man. He made every effort to secure Digby’s commission. Within a few weeks, Digby received a letter announcing his commission in the army as an ensign in a regiment of infantry.
Digby Grand reported to his regiment’s headquarters in Scotland, where he rapidly adjusted to military life. Digby was an adventurous young man; he enjoyed sports and gambling and quickly became a sought-out addition to any party. He soon discovered, however, that the slim allowance provided to him by his father and his small pay as an ensign did not cover his large expenditures, and so he fell into the habit of gambling on horses, cards, and billiards to augment his income. Most of his fellow officers existed in much the same fashion.
While in Scotland, Digby had a narrow escape from marriage when an officer’s daughter, a woman in her thirties, persuaded Digby to become engaged. His friends saw through the woman’s plot, however, and rescued him from his predicament. He had...
(The entire section is 1215 words.)
Want to Read More?
Subscribe now to read the rest of Digby Grand Summary. Plus get complete access to 30,000+ study guides!