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Percival Keene

Frederick Marryat

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Medea, winking at her mother.

“Did you ever see your papa, dearest?”

“Oh yes; he went to sea about eighteen months ago, and he was killed in action.”

After this came on a series of questions and cross-questions; I replied to her so as to make it appear that Ben was my father, and nobody else, although I had then a very different opinion. The fact was, I was determined that I would not be pumped, and I puzzled them, for I stated that my aunt Milly was married to Captain Bridgeman, of the marines; and not till then did Miss Medea ask me what my father was. My reply was that he had also been in the marines, and they consequently put him down as a marine officer, as well as Captain Bridgeman.

This added so much to the respectability of my family, that they were quite mystified, and found that it was not quite so easy to put that and that together as they had thought.

As soon as they were tired of questioning, they asked me if . . . Read More

Community Reviews


One of his best, but not as well known as others. The adventures of a young man to adult of quality in the early 19th century.

Percival Keene is the "natural-born child" of the noble Captain Delmar, who refuses to acknowledge his illegitimate son. Percival joins the Navy as a young midshipman, determined to make his true father proud of him and gain his approval.

This book has adventure, pirates, duels of honor, shipwreck,

Percival Keene is a sailor of low estate who goes on to lead a larger-than-life existence on land and sea. Along the way, he barely escapes being executed on Napoleon's orders. What pluck!

Although I gave it 4 stars and "really liked it", it's not top-shelf literature. Probably just what I was looking for. He glosses over large pieces of the story, but the characters were engaging and I had a good time, which prompted me on to Mr. Midshipman Easy afterwards. This was sort of proto-Pat

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