Diana M. Johnson
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As playmates and students at William & Mary Grammar School in Williamsburg, Will & Davy experience the joys and hazard o
With Davy's mother, Moll as Will's nanny, Will and Davy grow up on Greenfield Plantation as playmates and best friends. When a new white overseer whips Davy's father, Big John, nearly to death, Davy's life takes a dramatic turn. While Big John recuperates, Davy is allowed to attend lessons taught by a tutor to Will and his older brother in the Big House.
On Will's tenth birthday, Davy becomes his personal slave. Goaded by boys visiting Greenfield, Will takes part in teasing Davy. Will's father is furious, and promises to let Davy choose whether he'd rather continue as Will's personal slave or learn a trade. Big John urges him to learn a skill, but Davy chooses to stay with Will. For his part, Will promises to let Davy learn a trade, if he ever again dishonors his slave.
When Will leaves Greenfield to attend William and Mary Grammar School in Williamsburg, Davy goes along and once again is allowed to observe the lessons. One of the school's indentured servants threatens Davy, who is too terrified to report the incident. When Will finally learns about it, he and his roommates devise a scheme to expose the servant without implicating Davy.
By the time Will-and Davy-graduate from the school, they both know that whatever the future holds in store for them, they will face it together. And together they will succeed.
Following dinner, Will (William Daingerfield) sought out the Fauntleroy brothers. With feigned casualness he inquired about their cousin, Catherine.
\"She is well, I hope.\"
William (Fauntleroy) shrugged. \'As far as I know.\"
\"Still living at home. Northumberland County, was it?\"
\"Yes to both.\" Moore smiled.
Both Fauntleroys laughed.
\"How would we know?\" asked William, as Moore said, \"Not that we\'ve heard.\"
\"Are you interested?\" inquired William with an air of innocence.
Will felt his face reddening. \"I, I\'m...\"
\"He\'s interested!\" the brothers chimed as one.
Will smiled, feeling sheepish. \"Yes. But well, if she\'s\"
\"She\'s not!\" William clapped Will on the back. \"Go after her man! Do it. If you dare!\"
From William and Moore Fauntleroy to their parents, and from them to Master Griffin and Mistress Ann Fauntleroy, the message traveled from hand to hand, that Will Daingerfield would greatly appreciate the opportunity to call upon their daughter, Catherine Fauntleroy.
In due time a post rider delivered a letter, extending an invitation for William Daingerfield to visit the Northumberland County plantation of Master Griffin and Mistress Ann Fauntleroy. Their daughter, Catherine, would be \'at home\' for \'said William Daingerfield\'.
After reading the invitation, Will jumped up from the bench in the lower passage shouting, \"Yes!\"
\"Davy, Davy, come here,\" he called.
\"What? What be the matter?\"
\"Here.\" Will thrust the letter into Davy\'s hand.\"Read.\"
\"Master Will, be you and Miss Catherine getting\' married?\"
\"I hope so,\" Will replied. \"I do most sincerely hope so. Come help me pack. What should I take as a hostess gift for the Fauntleroys? And as a betrothal gift of Catherine? Perhaps one of Mother\'s lockets, or...\"
By the time their ship sailed down the Rappahannock with the tide, and then turned north into Chesapeake Bay, Will\'s hot enthusiasm had cooled into self-doubt. \"What if she doesn\'t like me?\" he asked Davy. \"What if I find I don\'t like her?\"
Davy snorted in disbelief. \"What be you rememberin\' about her? What be special?\"
Will thought and felt a smile spread across his face. \"Her wonderful, changeable eyes-gray one day, blue the next.
\"Her happy disposition. Like my sister Elizabeth. Like Mother. Not the saucy tease Edwin married, but more more\"
\"Refined?\" offered Davy.
\"Yes! That\'s exactly the right word refined! But joyful, too.\"
\"Oh, yes! She definitely be joyful.\" Davy rolled his eyes and grinned.
Will thumped Davy\'s shoulder. \"Don\'t you laugh at me. I\'m in pain here.\"
\"So why you be thinkin\' you don\' like her once you get there?\"
\"I guess I don\'t really think that. Of course I\'ll like her. I already love her!\"
\"So what be the broblem?\"
Will sighed. Felt a profound sadness permeate his body. \"Perhaps she won\'t like me.\"
\"Of course she be likin\' you.\" Davy sounded shocked. \"She be waitin\' for you, ain\'t she? Ain\'t that what \'at home for said William Daingerfield\' mean?\"
\"I guess so.\" Will sighed. Shook his head and smiled. \"I do most sincerely hope so.\"
No. of Pages: 203
Paper Weight (lb): 50#
Illustrations (B&W): 10