Tom Playfair; or Making a Start

Francis J. FINN (1859 - 1928)

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. (Introduction from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Family, Religion, School

Language: English

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