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Ballantyne. ________________________________________________________________________ Although the book is written with Ballantyne’s usual great skill in descriptive passages, the actual plan of the book is most unusual for him.
In Chapter 1 he describes a young family, then describes the exploits of some of the boys of the family, now grown-up, in Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 5.
But in Chapter 5 there is introduced a story about a schoolboy who is nothing to do with the Thorogoods, though it is quite a good story, parts of it reminding one of -Martin Rattler,- and his days at school.
In Chapter 6 we are back to one of the Thorogood boys, who is a missionary in London, working among the poor.
The final chapter also contains a long story about a third party, and ends with most of the family emigrating to the Rockies in North America.
Here again the enwrapped short story is a good read. We must remember that in Ballantyne’s usual style there are often two stories in some way running parallel with each other.
In this case there are no less than six, and two of those enwrap a further story.
It is really quite unusual for Ballantyne to write in such a convoluted manner. But be not afraid.
The stories are very short.
Ballantyne normally writes with each of his chapters nearly of the same length, but here we have 7, 6, 7, 8, 2...

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