Jack, the Novel

"Jack": Continuation of the Serialized Novel


  "A man never rises so high as when he knows not whither he is going.”                                              

                                                             – Oliver Cromwell      
                                                                              
                               JACK

                  The Battle is Joined     


 Charleston, S.C.,   during the Civil War, 
Charleston Harbor
 in background. Civil War
era lithograph

     Crawling up alongside the red wooden façade of the schoolhouse, Jack and me peeked through the windows and scanned the room. There was Mike seated on one end of a bench, paying the strictest attention to master’s lesson.

     “The sniveling little worm,” Jack said, scrunching up his nose. “I knew he didn’t have the nerve to skip,” said Jack. “Next, he’ll be kissing Whittemore’s ass-the little worm.”
     “What are we gonna do?” I asked.
      “What do ya mean what’a we gonna do? What are you gonna do you moron?” Jack said and rapped his knuckles on the wooden door of the school house as hard as he could, then bolted toward the hedges across the Meetinghouse Road, sayin, “Run son if you knows what’s good for ya!” 


Charleston, South Carolina

From Project Gutenberg’s Peculiarities of American Cities by Union CaptainWillard Glazier; Philadelphia, Hubbard Brothers, Publishers, 1886




                                                                                                          
Chapter Two 

A Disrupted Lesson


I ran as fast as I could, not wishing for master to catch me a’skippin’ school and a’knockin’ on his door like I was a’comin’ a’visitin’ which I couldn’t do now anyway because Jack whacked the door so loud as to be heard unmistakably as a rude intrusion on master’s lesson and so I had no choice-I scampered away like a cat escapin’ from a bulldog.


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