Mr. Lapham, Johnny’s master, is a fiercely religious man. He’s a good silversmith, but a bad businessman. He is willing to annoy an influential man, John Hancock, by not having his order finished because he doesn’t want to work on a Sunday. He treats Johnny fairly well. He doesn’t seem abusive. However he is more interested in maintaining his religious beliefs than in cultivating Johnny’s obvious gift. Mr. Lapham also does not seem to be a good judge of character, because he goes into business with Mr. Tweedie.
Mrs. Lapham is a simple woman. She cannot read and write. While she does some kind things for Johnny, she loses patience with him after he injures himself. She complains that he is lazy and useless, and does not seem compassionate.