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Moonfleet

Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner
By: (1858-1932)

The novel is set in a fishing village in Dorset during the mid 18th century. The story concerns a 15 year old orphan boy, John Trenchard, who becomes friends with an older man who turns out to be the leader of a gang of smugglers.
One night John chances on the smugglers’ store in the crypt beneath the church. He explores but hides behind a coffin when he hears voices. He finds a locket which contains a parchment, in the coffin belonging to Colonel Mohune. Unfortunately after the visitors leave, he finds himself trapped inside, and is only rescued two days later when two of the smugglers, Ratsey, the sexton and Elzevir Block, the innkeeper of the Why Not?, the local pub, investigate his disappearance. His aunt insists he leaves her house and Elzevir Block takes him in to live at the pub.

First Page:

MOONFLEET

J. MEADE FALKNER

1898

We thought there was no more behind But such a day tomorrow as today And to be a boy eternal.

Shakespeare

TO ALL MOHUNES OF FLEET AND MOONFLEET IN AGRO DORCESTRENSI LIVING OR DEAD

CONTENTS

1 IN MOONFLEET VILLAGE

2 THE FLOODS

3 A DISCOVERY

4 IN THE VAULT

5 THE RESCUE

6 AN ASSAULT

7 AN AUCTION

8 THE LANDING

9 A JUDGEMENT

10 THE ESCAPE

11 THE SEA CAVE

12 A FUNERAL

13 AN INTERVIEW

14 THE WELL HOUSE

15 THE WELL

16 THE JEWEL

17 AT YMEGUEN

18 IN THE BAY

19 ON THE BEACH

Says the Cap'n to the Crew, We have slipped the Revenue, I can see the cliffs of Dover on the lee: Tip the signal to the Swan , And anchor broadside on, And out with the kegs of Eau de Vie, Says the Cap'n: Out with the kegs of Eau de Vie. Says the Lander to his men, Get your grummets on the pin, There's a blue light burning out at sea. The windward anchors creep, And the Gauger's fast asleep, And the kegs are bobbing one, two, three, Says the Lander: The kegs are bobbing one, two, three... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - July 4, 2016
Subject: Moonfleet
The story is OK, however a little simple in some respects. The narrators a generally good, though the last two are a shock after so many very good chapters of a single narrator.


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