Summary (Masterplots, Definitive Revised Edition)
As a lad, Cornelius Littlepage, usually called Corny, studied classics under the Reverend Thomas Worden at Satanstoe as a preparation for going to an American university. Satanstoe was owned by Corny’s father and was so named because it was a peninsula shaped like an inverted toe. When Corny’s father felt that he was prepared to attend a university, a discussion was held with Abraham Van Valkenburgh, or ’Brom Follock, as he was called, to decide on which university Corny was to attend. Follock also had a son, Dirck, the same age as Corny. After comparing the New England manners at Yale with the manners of Newark, later Princeton, it was decided to send Corny to Princeton.
Before settling at Newark, Corny went with his father to visit New York City. They arrived there during a holiday and toured the streets. Because the Patroon of Albany was visiting the city, a crowd had gathered. Corny noticed a beautiful girl named Anneke who had been insulted when a butcher’s boy knocked an apple from her hand. Corny gave the boy a dig in the ribs and then exchanged blows with him. Turning to see the girl again, Corny found that she had disappeared.
In 1755, after completing the four-year course at college, Corny returned to Satanstoe. There he renewed his boyhood friendship with Dirck Follock and met Jason Newcome, the new schoolmaster from Danbury. Newcome took strong exception to New York habits and manners, as exampled by the Reverend Mr....
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