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Japhet, in Search of a Father   By: (1792-1848)

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JAPHET, IN SEARCH OF A FATHER

BY CAPTAIN MARRYAT

LONDON J.M. DENT AND CO. BOSTON: LITTLE, BROWN AND CO.

MDCCCXCVI

Contents

CHAPTER I 1

CHAPTER II 7

CHAPTER III 14

CHAPTER IV 18

CHAPTER V 24

CHAPTER VI 29

CHAPTER VII 37

CHAPTER VIII 41

CHAPTER IX 47

CHAPTER X 53

CHAPTER XI 60

CHAPTER XII 67

CHAPTER XIII 73

CHAPTER XIV 79

CHAPTER XV 84

CHAPTER XVI 91

CHAPTER XVII 98

CHAPTER XVIII 104

CHAPTER XIX 110

CHAPTER XX 113

CHAPTER XXI 118

CHAPTER XXII 123

CHAPTER XXIII 130

CHAPTER XXIV 134

CHAPTER XXV 139

CHAPTER XXVI 144

CHAPTER XXVII 147

CHAPTER XXVIII 152

CHAPTER XXIX 156

CHAPTER XXX 160

CHAPTER XXXI 165

CHAPTER XXXII 169

CHAPTER XXXIII 173

CHAPTER XXXIV 176

CHAPTER XXXV 182

CHAPTER XXXVI 187

CHAPTER XXXVII 192

CHAPTER XXXVIII 196

CHAPTER XXXIX 201

CHAPTER XL 206

CHAPTER XLI 211

CHAPTER XLII 216

CHAPTER XLIII 220

CHAPTER XLIV 224

CHAPTER XLV 229

CHAPTER XLVI 234

CHAPTER XLVII 237

CHAPTER XLVIII 241

CHAPTER XLIX 247

CHAPTER L 251

CHAPTER LI 254

CHAPTER LII 259

CHAPTER LIII 265

CHAPTER LIV 268

CHAPTER LV 273

CHAPTER LVI 279

CHAPTER LVII 285

CHAPTER LVIII 290

CHAPTER LIX 294

CHAPTER LX 299

CHAPTER LXI 305

CHAPTER LXII 310

CHAPTER LXIII 314

CHAPTER LXIV 319

CHAPTER LXV 322

CHAPTER LXVI 327

CHAPTER LXVII 333

CHAPTER LXVIII 338

CHAPTER LXIX 344

CHAPTER LXX 349

CHAPTER LXXI 355

CHAPTER LXXII 362

CHAPTER LXXIII 259

CHAPTER LXXIV 378

CHAPTER LXXV 387

CHAPTER LXXVI 394

CHAPTER LXXVII 400

CHAPTER LXXVIII 408

CHAPTER LXXIX 414

Prefatory Note

In the Metropolitan Magazine , where this novel originally appeared (Sep. 1834 Jan. 1836), Marryat prepared his readers for its reception in the following words:

"And having now completed 'Jacob Faithful,' we trust to the satisfaction of our readers, we will make a few remarks. We commenced writing on our own profession, and having completed four tales, novels, or whatever you may please to call them" (viz., Frank Mildmay, The King's Own, Newton Forster, Peter Simple), "in 'Jacob Faithful' we quitted the salt water for the fresh . From the wherry we shall now step on shore, and in our next number we shall introduce to our readers 'The Adventures of Japhet , in search of his Father.'"

The promise was faithfully kept, and Japhet, with all his varied experience, never went to sea. There were indeed few companies on land to which he did not penetrate. Reared in a foundling hospital, and apprenticed to a Smithfield apothecary, his good looks, impulsive self confidence, and unbounded talent for lying, carried him with ├ęclat through the professions of quack doctor, juggler, and mountebank, gentleman about town, tramp, and quaker: to emerge triumphantly at last as the only son of a wealthy Anglo Indian general, or "Bengal tiger," as his friends preferred to call him.

Japhet's "adventures," of course, are shared by a faithful friend and ally, Timothy Oldmixon, the Sancho to his Quixote, originally an orphan pauper like himself, composed of two qualities fun and affection. He encounters villains, lawyers, kind hearted peers, "rooks" and "pigeons," gipsies, leaders of fashion, fair maidens enough and to spare. In a word, Marryat here makes use of well worn material, and uses it well. He has constructed a tale of private adventure on the old familiar lines, in which the local colour acquired from other books is admirably laid on, and the interest sustained to the end... Continue reading book >>




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