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Why does Johnny agree to deliver mail for the British in Johnny Tremain?

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Johnny doesn't really want to deliver the mail for the British soldiers.  This seems like helping the enemy.  But then he realizes (with Rab's help) that he can actually hurt the British and help the Patriots by delivering mail.

The main way that he can do this is by learning things about the British.  Rab tells him that he can learn things that would be of benefit to the Patriots.  (And this happens -- he learns, for example, that one guy who was thought to be a Whig is actually a Tory leader.)  It later becomes very useful economically too.  Johnny is able to help the Lorne family out with the money he gets.

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