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Johnny Tremain Essay

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Johnny Tremain In the story Johnny Tremain, Johnny is sent to apprentice Mr. Lapham after his mother died. In doing so he became one of the best apprentices to a silversmith that there ever was. Dove and Dusty(the other apprentices) were lazy and slow. Johnny liked to boss them around and tell them what to do.One day Dove got very angry at Johnny and handed him a broken crucible. When Johnny melted the silver, the crucible broke and spilled scalding hot silver all over his right hand. Johnny could not go to a doctor to get it fixed because it was the Sabbath day. It was a sin to work on the Sabbath day. Johnny and the Laphams would have been arrested for sure. Instead Mr. Lapham sent out Cilla to go get an old medicine woman to help him. When his hand got better, scar tissue had formed over his thumb rendering his thumb useless. Mr. Lapham told Johnny that he had to find another trade that he could do with a crippled hand.Johnny walked down the wharf looking for a new trade. When Johnny couldn't find a new job he knew he had to turn to his rich relatives, the Lytes, to help him. When he went into Merchant Lyte's counting house, he asked Mr. Lyte for some help. Merchant Lyte laughed and told him to go away. Johnny said that he had a cup of his to prove that he was part of their family. Johnny went up to their mansion one evening and showed the cup to Merchant Lyte. Merchant told everybody that Johnny had stole that cup from him and that the cup was his all along. A court hearing went along and Cilla testified that the cup had always been in Johnny's possession. Merchant Lyte was caught in a lie.Johnny found a job as a newspaper deliverer. He met a new friend there named Rab. Rab was the nicest person to Johnny. Johnny and Rab became best of friends. Johnny had to learn how to ride a horse with a crippled hand if he was to get the job. His new master, Mr. Lorne, was nice and gave Johnny...

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