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The Puritan Twins

Lucy Fitch Perkins

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I 've been following the sea myself ever since. I was wrecked off the Spanish Main on my first voyage, and I 've run afoul of pirates and come near walking the plank more times than one, I 'm telling ye, but somehow I always had the luck to get away! And here I be, safe and sound."

At this point the lobsters made a commotion in the wooden puncheon, and the Captain turned his attention to them. "Jest [page 32] spilin' to get out, ain't ye?" he inquired genially. "Look here, boy," to Daniel, "that water's bilin'. Heave 'em in."

Daniel held his squirming victims over the pot, and not without a qualm of pity dropped them into the boiling water. Then he ventured to ask a question. "What is sea gold, Captain Sanders?"

"Things like them," answered the Captain, jerking his thumb at the lobsters, which were already beginning to turn a beautiful red color as they boiled in the pot; "as good gold as any that was ever dug out of mines ye can. . . Read More

Community Reviews

We really enjoyed this tale and its details of colonial life. But, it is worth noting that, true to historical understanding, Indians are referred to in a derogatory fashion as is the African slave boy, with one instance of completely unnecessary use of slang use of negro and its other forms. We...more

Another delightful book by Lucy Fitch Perkins. Warning: The Puritans buy a young black slave, and they while they treat him well, it is clear that they don't consider him on the same level as themselves. That said, the writing is clear and enjoyable. The characters are real and vivid. I can only...more

I read this book to my 7 year old daughter, and we both enjoyed the experience. Although this book was written in the 1920s, it almost entirely reads as up-to-date. The story is well paced and has plenty of action. And it's a fun way to learn a bit about the puritans/pilgrims after they were well...more