|Plot Summary of Cup of Gold|
|"Henry Morgan is a young boy in 17th century Wales when he meets an ex-pirate. He hangs on the man's every word and dreams of nothing more than becoming a pirate himself. As he gets old enough his parents realise he is determined and they send him off to the port city to find work on a ship. Young Henry is tricked into slavery aboard a merchant ship and is later sold again to a plantation owner in the Caribbean. There he becomes the master's head Boy and confidant eventually inheriting the land. But Henry wants to be a pirate so he buys a fast ship and hires a crew.
Now a young adult, Henry has learned management skills and knows when to be tough on his men. He soon becomes a vicious and feared pirate in a time when the English king praised men like him for hunting the Spaniards. But Henry's appetite is unquenchable and he becomes increasingly violent and plots an attack against the colony of Panama- an impossible attack. But he is lured there by stories of the most beautiful woman ever born, and he must see her or he fears he will go insane.
Henry is successful in his attack, at great cost. And he finds the woman of his dreams but he cannot take her willingly and this drives him even more mad. Quickly, everything that he has accomplished crashes around him."
P Cohen, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Cup of Gold|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
- 17th century
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- pirate attack!
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a significant amount
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- Smarter than most other characters
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
- 8 or more
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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