There is, doubtless, as much skill in pourtraying a Dunghill, as in describing the finest Palace, since the Excellence of Things lyes in the Performance; and Art as well as Nature must have some extraordinary Shape or Quality if it come up to the pitch of Human Fancy, especially to please in this Fickle, Uncertain Age.
— Memoirs of the Right Villanous John Hall, 1708
Mother Shaftoe kept track of her boys' ages on her fingers, of which there were six.
Jack heard the splash just as he was sitting down on the shit-stained bench where he would row until he died.
A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. . . and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.
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A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of 'Half-Cocked Jack' Shaftoe, London street urchin turned legendary swashbuckling adventurer, risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. And Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.… (more)