From Chapters 1-3
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In the opening scene, Forbes lists all the reasons people like Johnny: he is reliable, he is a good smith, and he has a good sense of humour. However, there are also some negative aspects to Johnny’s character. He enjoys bullying Dove, and he puts on airs when John Hancock comes to order the sugar basin. He also has a hot temper. Mr. Lapham asks Johnny to read a passage in the Bible regarding pride which he thinks Johnny has too much of. Johnny keeps his cool in front of his master but storms out angrily when the meal is over.