Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Major General Stanley

Major General Stanley, the very model of a modern major general. He is laden with learned lumber, though a bit behind in his military knowledge. His numerous daughters adore him, and he loves them so much that he tells a lie to save them from the pirates. His conscience torments him. When the pirates learn that he is not an orphan, as he had told them, his life is imperiled, but he is spared, and his daughters marry the pirates, who are all noblemen gone wrong.

The Pirate King

The Pirate King (Richard), a kindhearted but stern monarch. He does not think much of piracy as a profession but finds it comparatively honest in contrast with respectability. His piratical ventures are seldom successful, for his and his crew’s tenderness for orphans has been noised abroad, and all the ships they capture turn out to be manned entirely by orphans. Also, though victorious over the policemen, he and his crew yield when charged to do so in Queen Victoria’s name; with all their faults, they love their queen.


Frederic, the slave of duty. Apprenticed to the pirates because of his nurse’s deafness, he serves them diligently, though he views piracy with absolute detestation. He falls in love with the general’s most charming daughter, Mabel. Finding that he must serve several more decades as a pirate because of the accident of being born on February 29, his extreme...

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