Chapter 6 Summary

What Befell at the Queen’s Ferry

Ransome leads Davie and Ebenezer Balfour to the inn and into a small, sparse room where Captain Hoseason waits. The captain is the most studious and self-possessed man that David has ever seen. Immediately Hoseason stands and greets Balfour. The room is extraordinarily hot due to a blazing fire; though he had vowed to keep his uncle always in his sight, Davie is so hot in this room that he eagerly leaves when Hoseason suggests he go play for a while.

As the two men talk, Davie walks straight to the water. The smell of the ocean and the sight of the Covenant “beginning to shake out her sails” make him think of voyages to foreign lands. Davie...

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