Japhet, in Search of a Father

Frederick Marryat
Japhet, in Search of a Father

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Title: Japhet, In Search Of A Father
Author: Frederick Marryat
Release Date: June 5, 2005 [EBook #15991]
Language: English
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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. The story is well told,
enlivened by humour, and very respectably constructed.
The reader will find Japhet thoroughly exciting, and will have no
difficulty in believing that, while it was running in the pages of the
Metropolitan, "an American vessel meeting an English one in the broad
Atlantic, instead of a
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