I Will Adventure Author:Elizabeth Janet Bray, Corydon Bell (Illustrator) The year was 1596 and Andrew Talbot, twelve, could scarcely believe his luck. Here he was, stopping on his way to London to watch his first play, Romeo and Juliet. The page's speech near the end of the play. "I am almost afraid to stand alone here in the churchyard, yet I will adventure," struck a particu... more »larly responsive note in Andrew. He resolved that he too would 'adventure." Was he not to become a page to his uncle, Sir John, and really live, not only dream, big dreams?
But somehow London life fell far short of expectations. His uncle was away from home much of the time, and Andrew was treated like a boy underfoot -- which he was. Besides, he was dreadfully homesick for the simpler country life and for his family.
These were not easy times -- ruffians and cutthroats lurked everywhere -- but he learned to meet difficulties with courage and independence. And gradually Andrew began to mature; to learn to arrange events in perspective and to sort out the important from the trivial. And at last he found that life, while not as he had pictured it, promised to be well worth "adventuring."
Elizabeth Janet Gray tells Master Talbot's exciting story against a meticulously researched background of Shakespeare's England. So vivid are the details of everyday family life in both country and town that the reader feels he has actually been there himself.« less