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Captain Absolute, masquerading as Ensign Beverly, is courting a beautiful young heiress, Lydia Languish. His father tells him that he has arranged a marriage for him, and at first the captain objects, but then he discovers that the woman has in mind is Miss Languish. This raises a new problem: Lydia thinks he is Beverly and she is thrilled with the idea of running off with her lover.
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The captain decides to elope with her to satisfy her taste for romance.

Meanwhile a rival suitor, Bob Acres, is persuaded to challenge Beverly to a duel even though he is terrified of being killed. Everything is resolved when Acres discovers that Beverly is really Absolute, an old friend. Lydia decides that she will marry the captain, even though he is not a poor ensign.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   fighting matchbreaker (parents/authorities) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Lover is    -   imposter or lookalike

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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