What does Mr. Lapham want Johnny to do? Does Mr. Lapham side with Johnny or Dove on this problem? Do you think Johnny deserves his troubles? Why or why not? From chapters 1-2
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Mr. Lapham wants Johnny to make a sugar basin for Mr. Hancock. Johnny has Revere check his work and is in a hurry to perfect the handle before Monday, when it is due to Mr. Hancock. But when he gets back to the shop, there is no charcoal. Dove is purposely unhelpful. When he finally brings Johnny some charcoal, it is not good enough to use and the boys quarrel. Mr. Lapham notices and lectures Johnny again about his pride. He explains that it’s not Dove’s fault that he’s stupid. He also declares that no one in the house will work for the rest of the day. Because tomorrow is Sunday, this means that Johnny won’t be able to work on the handle at all. When Mrs. Lapham hears this, she urges Johnny to finish the handle on Sunday while Mr. Lapham is at church for afternoon services. Although working on Sundays is illegal and a major sin, Johnny agrees. Johnny was wrong not to listen to his boss, Mr. Lapham.