1. Why does Flashman start telling a story about John Brown?
The 91-year-old Flashy is watching his great grandchildren outdoors while their elders socialize in the house. Hearing a recording of "John Brown's Body," the young ones ask Flashy to tell them about his adventures with the abolitionist.
2. What is Flash's opinion of Brown?
While legend calls Brown the Angel of the Lord, Flashy finds him an ordinary, kindly chap with bright, fierce eyes who before they had met had killed many people. Flashy contemplates how Brown certainly is a saint as the poets have declared, but also a brute as biographers have shown.
3. What is Flash's opinion of slavery?
Flash admits to the reader he is very much for himself and has no opinion on slavery one way or the other. He even plays down Brown's role, saying even without him slavery would have died out.
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