Children's Pirate Book for iPad A Moment Of Tension Among Pirates | The Day I Became A Pirate

On page 17 of The Day I Became A Pirate, our hero The Boy expresses a reluctance to accept The Captain’s reward and is met with what appears to be a tense confrontation.

I interrupted as he climbed aboard and said “I can’t take this;
All I did was help a man who had something amiss.”
The captain drew his cutlass and he raised it to my face,
The others in the boat stood as though ready to give chase.
My knees again went rubbery and my heart began to pound,
The captain shouted harshly for me to kneel upon the ground.

This is one of my favorite parts of the book: The Boy has performed a deed out of the goodness of his heart and wasn’t expecting a reward for doing something that he felt was simply the right thing to do. The Captain seems to react harshly…

When I wrote this I wanted to communicate a basic tenet of humanity: that we do good things for other people simply to help. My parents taught me at an early age the importance of pitching in and helping through personal service. The reward is often only the esteem-building feeling that you have something of yourself to offer the world, and that someone else’s life is better because you contributed. That feeling you get when you make someone else’s world a little brighter is better than anything money can buy.

The Captain certainly understands this. So why the stern reaction from he and his crew?…