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This is a must to read novel!!
The story focuses on two children and a galley cook who are marooned on an island in the South Pacific after a shipwreck. The galley cook, named Paddy Button, assumes responsibility of the children and teaches them, among other things, how to behave and how to forage for food. He warns the children not to eat the "arita" berries, which he calls "the never-wake-up berries."
Two and a half years after they are marooned, Paddy dies during a drunken binge.The children, cousins Dicky and Emmeline Lestrange, survive on their resourcefulness and the bounty of their remote paradise. Years pass, and Dicky and Emmeline grow into physically mature young adults. They live in a self-constructed hut and spend their days fishing, swimming, diving for pearls and exploring the island.
Dicky and Emmeline begin to fall in love, although they do not realize it because of their ignorance of human sexuality. They are physically attracted to each other but don't understand or know how to express it. Ultimately, they make up after a fight and consummate their relationship. Stacpoole describes their sexual encounter as having "been conducted just as the birds conduct their love affairs. An affair absolutely natural, absolutely blameless, and without sin. It was a marriage according to Nature, without feast or guests."
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