"Fifteen-year-old captain": a summary. "Fifteen-year-old captain," Jules Verne
Readers of this novel easily remember hissummary. "Fifteen-year-old captain" is written in a simple and vivid language. It captures a special enterprising spirit of the XIX century, a century of discoveries and inventions. Only Jules Verne could do so.
Flight to San Francisco
The ship belongs to a wealthy man James Weldon. The voyage is a whaler, the vessel is led by experienced captain Gul, under his command five sailors, a young man Dick Send and a cook Negoro.
Also on board there are passengers.This is the wife of the owner of the ship - Mrs. Weldon, his five-year-old son Jack, the nanny of the boy - the elderly Negro Nan and, finally, the eccentric entomologist, who belongs to the boy's uncle, whom everyone calls just "Cousin Benedict".
Unexpected fellow travelers
On a troubled, adventure-packed voyage"Pilgrim" further narrates the summary. "Fifteen-year-old captain" from the first chapter brings into the plot intrigue. Five-year-old Jack Welon first notices the overturned ship in the distance and informs about it to others. The ship "Waldeck", wrecked, is doomed. On board - the negroes left by the crew escaped in their hurry in their cabin. Those return home, having performed work under the contract on the New Zealand plantation. There are five of them: the old man Tom with his son Bath, as well as the young people Acteon, Hercules and Austin. With them - a large dog Dingo, picked up by the captain of the "Waldeck" somewhere in Africa. And the dog, apparently, knows Negoro, because he shows aggression in his address.
Soon on the "Pilgrim" happens trouble - fivesailors and the captain perish, having set off on a lifeboat for a whale. Further on the strength of the spirit of Dick Send, orphan, junior sailor is illustrated by a brief summary. Fifteen-year-old captain (so many years turned Dika), no doubt, takes command of the ship.
However, his knowledge of navigation is clearly not enough.He can choose the direction of the compass and measure the speed of movement with the help of the lot. How to determine his location, using the stars, he does not know.
The Dark Personality of Negoro
Next - on the implementation of criminal intenttells us a short summary. The fifteen-year-old captain is really disoriented. After all, one compass is broken by the criminal, and the second shows the southern direction instead of the northern direction. This focus - "domestication of the compass needle" - produced a familiar with the navigation not by hearsay convict Negoroy, laying under the instrument ax. The ship instead of San Francisco is approaching the coast of Angola.
On the whitewashed Angola
"Pilgrim" is thrown by waves on the shore. Negoro secretly hides.
However, Dick Senda is awaiting further testing andchallenges. He is met here by Negoro's accomplice, American Harris, who convinces travelers that they were in Bolivia. A classic gang of villainous slavers introduces intrigue into the further narrative (the summary is indicative). "Fifteen-year-old captain" (chapter 2) begins with the fact that as an alleged conductor of deception (the promise of shelter and rest for his brother) lures travelers a hundred miles deep into the African forest. The joint criminal plan of Negoro and Harris is to sell some of the travelers to slavery, and for the wealthy Wheldon's relatives to get a generous ransom of -100,000 dollars. Not far from the place where Harris sent Dick Senda with fellow travelers, a caravan with slaves, led by a friend of Negoro- Alvets, stopped.
Travelers guess about cheating
About a long hard way captivated tellsus a summary. "Fifteen-year-old captain" (Jules Verne) describes their humiliation and suffering on the way to the infamous slave market in Angola, Kazonda. An elderly black woman, nanny of the five-year-old Jack, Nan, perishes on the route of this heavy trek. However, several trapped travelers, intended for getting ransom (Mrs. Weldon, her son and cousin Benedict), are transported by Negoro in more comfortable conditions.
Kazunda. Kara the villain
Arrived in Kazundu, the slaves are placed inbarracks. Dick Sand is worried about the fate of Mrs. Weldon with her son. They are transported separately and placed in the trading post of the owner of the caravan, Weldon. Having met Garrice at deceit in Kazende, he tries to ask him about it. However, the rascal, having decided to make fun of the guy, deceives him, saying that they are dead. However, he does not expect that he says this to an adult man who has matured in difficult circumstances, as evidenced by a later episode (more precisely, its very brief content). The fifteen-year-old captain snatches Harris's knife and fatally smashes it. Travelers become one more dangerous enemy less.
Negoro wishes execution of Dick Senda
The summary of the book "Fifteen-year-old captain" with irony describes the further events on the land of Angolan.
Alvets had experience of settling such cases.He knew the fees that Muani-Lungu would charge for permission for a public ritual murder. It is enough to present the leader with a punch in an amount equivalent to the amount of blood in the body of the unfortunate victim. Dependent on alcohol native king is a miserable sight. He was an alcoholic at the last stage.
Unseemly death of the leader
Alves succeeds, and even more on the most profitableprice, sell all black slaves. However, Negoro hopes for even greater earnings than the owner of the caravan (a rich ransom in the amount of a fortune - $ 100,000). That's why he keeps Mrs. Weldon, her son Jack, who has been seriously ill with malaria, and their cousin Benedict under 24-hour security in a separate house.
Negoro also manages to deceive Mrs. Weldon with the news of the alleged death of Dick Send, to get a written letter about her ransom written by her hand. However, the scoundrels can not immediately initiate the execution of the former jungle.
Tragicomical looks further shortthe content of the story. The fifteen-year-old captain actually receives a reprieve from the execution, but now he is going to destroy not one. Events have acquired a different turn due to ... the joy of the barger Alvez from the profits received. For joy, the slave trader Alvets decided to bring the Muani-Lungu punch in the most presentable, burning form. However, he did not take into account that he is dealing with a complete alcoholic. When the leader touched the bowl of his bowl, his body, impregnated with perennial effusions, broke out, and the leader burned down in a matter of minutes.
Savages now were not up to the execution of anypale-faced boy, because the funeral of the leader was coming! Instead of a separate execution of the former juni "Pilgrim", a mega-penalty was planned for all his wives (except his beloved) and slaves, including Dick.
The real hero is Hercules. The rescue
Escaped from slavers Negro Hercules is hiddenIn the neighborhood with the Alvec faction, waiting for the moment to help the comrades. And then there is an accident that activates his actions. The eccentric cousin Benedict, himself not understanding how, chasing with a net for a butterfly, suddenly finds himself at large. There he meets Hercules, and he has a plan to save his friends. Now the mighty Negro knows where Mrs. Weldon is with her son. The population of Angola is starving because of the flooding of fertile lands by rains. Superstitious people are looking for the cause of trouble in evil witchcraft.
The desperate natives called for "solving the problem"powerful sorcerer from the neighboring village. Hercules, having connected the present minister of a cult and having disguised himself in his attire, presents himself as a mute magician. He is to the dowager queen (the former beloved wife), without unnecessary words takes her by the hand and leads to the manor of Alvets. Behind him follows a crowd of fanatics who believe the sorcerers unquestioningly. To the queen he shows the cause of all the misfortunes - a white woman and her son. It becomes clear to everyone: only after taking them outside the village and having performed the ritual of killing infidels, the sorcerer will restore fertility to the earth.
Hercules, using the status of sorcerer Mgangi,can thus be taken out in a boat by Mrs. Weldon, her son Jack, Cousin Benedict and Dick Senda. Alvets, who Negoro entrusted to protect the hostages, was powerless before a crowd of fanatics. The travelers are saved.
Fifteen-year-old captain leads friends to freedom
Unfortunately, the Negroes, friends of Hercules, have already been sold and taken away by buyers.
Travelers, hoping to return to America,float along the river to the ocean, disguising the boat under a floating island, hiding from the eyes of cannibals. The roar of the waterfall is heard ahead, and Dick Send stops the boat on the left bank. Suddenly, Dingo lunged forward, following the trail. Travelers after the dog came to the dugout, where, unquiet, lay the remains of the owner of Dingo - Samuel Vernon, treacherously killed by his conductor - Negoro. Next to the body were the last records of a mortally wounded man containing this accusation. Suddenly, the travelers heard the growling of the dog and the cry of Negoro, they intertwined in their last duel. The convict fatally wounded the dog with a knife, and the dog tore his throat.
Negoro, for his misfortune, came to the hut to take money from the hiding place. They needed him to go to America for a ransom from Mr. Weldon.
Meeting at home
Four blacks, satellites of Hercules, Mr. Weldon manages to be redeemed from slavery, and those (Tom, Bath, Austin and Actaeon) sail in November 1877 from Africa to the hospitable house of the Weldons.
Jules Verne, "Fifteen-year-old captain" ... Shortthe content does not convey the entire charm of this work, it must be rewritten in its entirety. The novel can be interpreted in different ways. Like Robinsonade. As an example for young men - be courageous and take responsibility for themselves. As an example of the preservation of human relations in the most difficult situation. Everyone finds something in this novel ... Of course, he is most loved among children and youth. This fascinating book is already the third century popular and attracts readers.