1. Why does Dove dislike Johnny? How is Dove’s dislike illustrated in Chapter 1?
Dove is jealous because Johnny is advancing quickly as a silversmith apprentice despite the fact that Dove is two years older than Johnny. He demonstrates his dislike in Chapter 2 by tripping Johnny.
2. What are Mrs. Lapham's responsibilities? How many children does she have and what concerns her about her children?
Mrs. Lapham manages the Lapham house and the silversmith shop. Mrs. Lapham has four unmarried daughters and her main concern is that they marry well.
3. For how long has Johnny apprenticed with Mr. Lapham? How long is his apprenticeship set to last and what will happen after it ends?
Johnny has apprenticed for Mr. Lapham for two years in the beginning of the novel. His apprenticeship requires seven years of service, and then he will marry Cilla and inherit the family’s silver business.
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