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The first person narrator David Balfour begins the novel by introducing his journey from his home Essendean in 1751 He walks with the minister of Essendean Mr Campbell for some of the way David feels that with his parents dead it is the time to move on Davids father had asked the minister to deliver a letter to his son With the letter David can travel to the Shaws once home to his father David never knew that his poor father was related to such a high family The minister tells David to continue studying the Bible and gives David four gifts money for his fathers books a Bible a shilling and a recipe The latter three have symbolic meaning Mr Campbell hurries away because of his sadness regarding Davids departure When David arrived at the Shaws an old man peered out with a gun David told the man that he had a letter of introduction After hearing Davids last name and a great pause the man asked if Davids father was dead The old man answered his own question and reluctantly let the boy in David was surprised to learn that this old man was his uncle Ebenezer led the boy to a bedroom The darkness was overwhelming but Ebenezer refused to find a light In morning David had to bang to be let out The old man seemed very miserly During breakfast Ebenezer told the boy that he would find employment for him David said that he had not willfully sought his uncle David remembered the people who warned him against Ebenezer and told his uncle about one Angered Ebenezer started to leave telling David that he would have to wait outside David refused Finally Ebenezer decided not to leave The old man told David that he had promised Davids father that he would save the boy money In return his uncle asked for help David was told about
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