Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, British Fiction Series)
Jack Easy was the son of a wealthy landowner in the county of Hampshire, England. Jack’s father and mother had almost spoiled the boy for any good in the world, the former by his oversimplified philosophy of equality, and the latter by her doting. Fortunately for the young lad, the family physician, Doctor Middleton, rescued him from his home and put him in a school where he began to learn that the survival of the fittest was the way of the world. When he left school, it was decided he should go to sea as midshipman with Captain Wilson, a poor relation who was indebted to Mr. Easy for a loan of one thousand pounds and who was in command of the warship Harpy.
Jack soon made friends aboard the Harpy through the use of his fists in beating down bullies among the ship’s company and through the obvious goodwill that the Captain showed him. It was hard at first for the young man to become accustomed to life aboard the warship. The duties of a midshipman kept him busy, but the small living quarters and the discipline proved irksome to the son of a philosopher who preached a doctrine of equality.
Jack’s first naval adventure occurred when the ship was not far from Tarragona. In command of a boat during the capture of a Spanish vessel by a boarding party, he was left behind when the Harpy sailed away. Captain Wilson thought that Easy’s boat had been sunk with all hands. The following night, Easy’s boat captured another Spanish vessel by...
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