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Tom Playfair; or Making a Start

Francis J. Finn (1859-1928)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - In Which the Hero of the Story is Represented in a Doubtful Light
3. 02 - In Which Tom by a Series of Misadventures Brings Down the Wrath of His Father in Such Wise that the Author, For Fear of Forfeiting Tom's Chances of Becoming a Hero in the Reader's Eyes, Discreetly Veils What Actually Happened When Justice Was Administered
4. 03 - In Which Tom Leaves For St. Maures, and finds On the Road Thither that Fun Sometimes Comes Expensive
5. 04 - Tom Arrives at St. Maure's, and Makes the Aquaintance of John Green Under Circumstances Not Entirely Grateful to That Interesting Character
6. 05 - In Which Tom Is Persuaded to Go to Sleep
7. 06 - In Which Green and Tom Run a Race Which Proves Disastrous to Both
8. 07 - In Which Tom Usurps Minor Orders with Startling Results
9. 08 - In Which Tom Gets Into Many Difficulties, and Holds an Astonishing Interview With Mr. Middleton
10. 09 - In Which Tom Concludes That Vinegar Never Catches Flies
11. 10 - In Which Tom Gives Green a Bit of Advice, Which, Aided by a Storm, is Not Without Its Effect
12. 11 - The Night of the First Friday in November
13. 12 - Tom's Midnight Adventure
14. 13 - In Which Tom Takes a Trip
15. 14 - In Which Tom Goes to the Theatre
16. 15 - In Which Tom is Lost
17. 16 - In Which Tom Enters Upon a Career of Extravagance
18. 17 - In Which the Prodigal Returns
19. 18 - In Which Tom Astonishes and Horrifies His Aunt
20. 19 - In Which Tom and Keenan Hold a Council of War
21. 20 - Storming of the Snow-Fort - Mr. Beakey Talks at Cross Purposes With the Senior Students
22. 21 - In Which Tom Meets With a Bitter Trial
23. 22 - In Which Tom Wins a New Friend and Hears a Strange Story
24. 23 - In Which the Knickerbockers Play the Red Clippers
25. 24 - Trouble Ahead
26. 25 - A Joyous Going Forth, and a Sad Journey Home
27. 26 - Sickness
28. 27 - Death
29. 28 - An Escape From Jail, and the Beginning of a Snow-Storm
30. 29 - End of the Snow-Storm
31. 30 - Conclusion

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Tom Playfair; Or Making a Start is a book by a Roman Catholic priest, originally published in 1890, and written for youth ages 9-12.The story opens with 10-year-old Tom Playfair being quite a handful for his well-meaning but soft-hearted aunt. (Tom's mother has died.) Mr. Playfair decides to ship his son off to St. Maure's boarding school — an all-boys academy run by Jesuits — to shape him up, as well as to help him make a good preparation for his upcoming First Communion. Tom is less than enthusiastic, but his adventures are just about to begin: life at St. Maure's will not be dull.