Captains Courageous

by Rudyard Kipling

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How does Harvey feel about Dan?

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In Captains Courageous, Harvey Cheyne is a wealthy boy who falls overboard and is picked up by a fishing boat. Dan Troop is the captain’s son. Harvey’s arrogance, combined with the improbability of his story, discourages everyone from believing his story except for Dan and the cook. Dan is also a teenager, and Harvey initially is just glad to have someone his own age on board, as the rest are adults. He also appreciates that Dan does not physically attack him, as the adults tend to apply physical discipline. Once Harvey realizes that the fishermen are not going to deviate from their course and take him where he wants to go, he starts to learn the ship’s routine and pick up some rudimentary skills. Dan is a patient teacher for the most part, and Harvey both respects his knowledge and appreciates learning from him. By the time the voyage ends and Harvey is reunited with his family, he is especially glad that Dan never stopped believing him. The class boundaries between the two boys are extended into adulthood, as Harvey hires Dan to work for him when he is old enough to run his own business.

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