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Snarleyyow

Frederick Marryat (1792-1848)

1. Introduction of Divers Parties and a Red-Herring
2. Showing what Became of the Red-Herring
3. A Retrospect, and Short Description of a New Character
4. In which there is a Desperate Combat
5. A Consultation in which there is much Mutiny
6. In which as often happens at Sea when Signals are not made out, Friends exchange Broadsides
7. In which Mr Vanslyperken goes on Shore to woo the Widow Vandersloosh
8. In which the Widow lays a Trap for Mr Vanslyperken, and Smallbones lays a Trap for Snarleyyow, and both bag their Game
9. A Long Chapter, in which there is Lamentation, Singing, Bibbling, and Dancing
10. In which is explained the Sublime Mystery of Keelhauling—Snarleyyow saves Smallbones from being drowned, although Smallbones would have drowned him
11. In which Snarleyyow does not at all assist his Master’s Cause with the Widow Vandersloosh
12. In which Resolutions are entered into in all Quarters, and Jemmy Ducks is accused of Mutiny for singing a Song in a Snow-Storm
13. In which the Ship’s Company join in a Chorus, and the Corporal goes on a Cruise
14. In which some new Characters appear on the Stage, although the Corporal is not to be heard of
15. In which the Crew of the Yungfrau lose a Good Prize, and Snarleyyow loses his Character
16. In which we change the Scene, and the Sex of our Performers
17. In which there is a Great Deal of Plotting, and a Little Execution
18. The whole of which has been fudged out of the History of England, and will therefore be quite New to the Majority of our Readers
19. In which Smallbones is sent to look after a Pot of Black Paint
20. In which Mr Vanslyperken proves False to the Widow Vandersloosh, and Many Strange Things take Place
21. In which are narrated the Adventures which took place in the Corporal’s Cruise in the Jolly-Boat
22. In which Snarleyyow proves to be the Devil, and no Mistake
23. In which Mr Vanslyperken finds Great Cause of Vexation and Satisfaction
24. In which Mr Vanslyperken has Nothing but Trouble from the Beginning to the End
25. In which Mr Vanslyperken proves that he has a Great Aversion to Cold Steel
26. In which Mr Vanslyperken sees a Ghost
27. In which Mr Vanslyperken is taught a Secret
28. In which we have at last introduced a Decent Sort of Heroine, who, however, only plays a Second in our History, Snarleyyow being the First Fiddle
29. In which Jemmy Ducks proves the Truth of Moggy’s Assertion, that there was no one like him before or since—Nancy and Jemmy serenade the Stars
30. In which Mr Vanslyperken treats the Ladies
31. In which Snarleyyow again triumphs over his Enemies
32. Listeners never hear any Good of Themselves
33. In which there is nothing very Particular or very Interesting
34. Besides other Matter, containing an Argument
35. In which the Agency of a Red-Herring is again introduced into our Wonderful History
36. In which Mr Vanslyperken, although at Fault, comes in for the Brush
37. In which Mr Vanslyperken drives a very Hard Bargain
38. In which Mr Vanslyperken is taken for a Witch
39. In which is recorded a most Barbarous and Bloody Murder
40. In which a most Horrid Spectre disturbs the Equanimity of Mr Vanslyperken
41. In which is shown how Dangerous it is to tell a Secret
42. In which is shown the Imprudence of sleeping in the Open Air, even in a Summer’s Night
43. In which Smallbones changes from a King’s Man into a Smuggler, and also changes his Sex
44. In which Mr Vanslyperken meets with a Double Defeat
45. In which Mr Vanslyperken proves his Loyalty and his Fidelity to King William
46. In which there is much Bustle and Confusion, Plot and Counter-Plot
47. Which is rather interesting
48. In which there is a Great Deal of Correspondence, and the Widow is called up very Early in the Morning
49. In which is related much Appertaining to the “Pomp and Glorious Circumstance” of War
50. In which the Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Rank and File, are all sent to the Right About
51. In which the Jacobite Cause is Triumphant by Sea as well as by Land
52. In which a Great Deal of Loyalty is shown to counterbalance the Treason of Vanslyperken
53. Trial and Execution of two of the Principal Personages in our History
54. In which Affairs begin to wind up
55. In which we trust that Everything will be arranged to the Satisfaction of our Readers

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Summary

This is a quite amusing nautical tale of the British Navy of the around the year 1700. While, as with much early 'humor', it is somewhat heavy-handed, the sympathies of the author are clear and good, and cruelty is often averted by good fortune or background characters. First published under the title 'The Dog Fiend', the primary characters are an evil captain of a cutter and his dog. The dog seems indestructible, as is the poor cabin boy who is the butt of the captain's ill humor, and who often is chewed on by the dog. The cutter is sent against smugglers, transporting ' Alamodes and lute strings' - a term for foreign silks. But, the smugglers really are Jacobites plotting against King William, and much of the action relates to politics of that time. ( Arnold Banner)