Out On The Pampas is a historical fiction novel written by G.A Henty in 1868. This was Henty’s first children’s book. In this book report I will be discussing the plot of this book.
The book begins with a six person family living in England. It is within the first several pages of the book that Mr. Frank Hardy suggests that the family immigrates to the Argentine Republic, or, Argentina. The children, Charley, Hubert, Maud, and Ethel, are all elated at the thought of this move abroad. The boys, particularly, are excited at the imagination of fighting Indians. Mr. Hardy, however, convinced the boys that no such thing would occur. Little did he know what would happen after their arrival in South America.
Within the first several chapters of the book the Hardy family has immigrated to Argentina and has nearly settled in to their large new property. For a while the Hardys are simply adapting to the new lifestyle of Argentina. In their first months at their new home, they meet many new people and make acquaintances that would prove important during the coming battles with the native Indians.
Six months after their arrival, the Hardy family hears from one of these acquaintances, Mr. Percy, upon Mr. Hardy’s remarking that another family they had come to know during their time in Argentina, the Jamiesons, had almost no animals, that the time of year is come when the residents of the area are to expect to be attacked by Indians. He told the Hardys of the previous year’s attacks, during which the Jamiesons had been robbed of every animal they owned. They now needed to prepare for the coming Indian attacks. This, of course, upon their hearing this news, excited the boys, although it concerned them, and the rest of the Hardys, as well.
Soon the day came where the first Indian attack took place. Ethel and Maud were on watch in the lookout tower. They watched as the Indians took all of the Hardy’s animals. Most of the second half of the book recounts these fights with the Indians, which, after a certain point, was believed to finally be a solved problem. However, wrong they were. One evening, almost five years after their arrival in Argentina, Ethel Hardy was at the home of the Mercers, as it was common for one or the other of the girls to stay there for a day or two. The following morning, a man running at full speed towards the Hardy’s home alarmed them. “What is the matter?” they asked. The man replied that the Mercer’s estancia had been burnt by the Indians, and that there had been no survivors. The only glimmer of hope for the Hardys was that Ethel might have been carried off by the Indians, as they often would not harm women.
In the end they all followed the trail of the Indians while Ethel and the Indians were a good ways ahead. After a long time of searching and following the Indian’s trail, Ethel was finally found and rescued. This was about the end of the book Out On The Pampas. I hope you enjoyed this essay, and I recommend this book!
Please let me know if there were any typographical or factual errors, thanks!
English 8 Week 10