Study Guide

Heart of a Samurai Chapter 18

By Margi Preus

Chapter 18


  • Manjiro is super-motivated to do well at school, partly because he wants to get into the Bartlett School of Navigation, which is the best school in the area.
  • He starts out at Stone House School and learns all the basics: reading, writing, math, and this thing called penmanship (you know, when people used to use pencils and pens to write).
  • When he's not in school, he works on the farm with the captain.
  • Then, at the end of the day, they usually get together for a long chat about their day—kind of like how they did things on the John Howland, only without the ship and the ocean view.
  • One day, the captain tells Manjiro he can't stay on at the Stone House School.
  • Why? Because he's way too advanced for the school now.
  • So… where to next? Yep, you guessed it: It's the Bartlett School for him, but only on some special conditions—Manjiro has to be able to keep up in all the subjects, especially English, and he can't get into any trouble.
  • Sounds easy for our Mr. Nice Guy, though, right?