When the book started, Johnny was an annoying pain who
always fought and always made bad comments about people.
Ever since his mother had died, he had been a blacksmith's
apprentice, working under a man named Mr. Lampham. His
mother had arranged it before she died. She left Johnny
with a silver cup and it was told to Johnny that if ever
all of his hope were lost, and God has turned away from
him, then only should he go to the merchant Lyte and
present it to him. Johnny kept it in a chest in the attic
all locked up.
Johnny was the easiest to teach the art of being a
blacksmith. He could read and write, and was a fast
learner. This made him the most valuable in the family. He
always treated the other learners very badly. This is why
one day, they played a trick on him. Johnny and Mr. Lampham
had a very important client and they were going to make him
a special bowl for his wife's birthday. Johnny was working
all week on the handles he was to design. He came close to
the end of the week but he still hadn't gotten it perfectly
right. On Saturday he was told that he couldn't work
because he couldn't work on the Sabbath. When Johnny told
Mrs. Lampham about this, she said that he could secretly
work on Sunday. While Johnny was working, one of the other
workers handed him a broken piece which had a crack in the
side. It broke and silver when everywhere. Johnny's hand
touched the stove and it was badly burned. It was not
treated correctly and his hand was crippled. He couldn't
work as a blacksmith so he became useless. Mr. Lampham told
Johnny to go look for another job.
Johnny went into town but could not find anything. Finally,
he found a job at a Printers wolrk place. He became friends
with a guy named Rab, who was two years older than he.
Johnny learned to control his temper and became an avid
reader. He was also taught by Rab to ride a horse. Johnny
learned to ride one of the toughest horses. The horse's
name was Goblin.
He continued to see Cill, a girl whom he had met in Mr.
Lampham's house. In time, as tension grew between the
British and the Americans, he became an active participant
in the fight against the British. He took part in the
"Boston Tea Party" and was there " throwing tea even with
his bad hand". When the Revolutionary War began, Rab
joined the army. Johnny later heard that Rab had been a
brave soldier and fought hard, but was killed at Lexington
and Concord. At the end of the book, Johnny learned to be a
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