|Mary "Jacky" Faber|
Jackaroe, Bloody Jack, La Belle Jeune Fille Sans Merci, Tonda Lay-O, Puss-in-Boots, Wah Chinga, Princess Pretty Bottom, Nancy Alsop, Jacquelina, Jacqueline Bouvier, Ja-elle, La Rubia, Lily of the West, Captain Jack, the Toast of Two Continents, Ju kau-jing yi
Dirty blonde ("sandy")
12 at series' start; 19 by series' end
Mary "Jacky" Faber is the protagonist of the "Bloody Jack" series. She is an adventurous girl living in the s, trying to find a balance between a happy life of freedom and a lawful one.
Jacky begins the series at twelve years old, and ends at nineteen. She has dirty blonde hair, is under five feet tall, and weighs approximately ninety pounds (she is often referred to by herself and others as "scrawny"). By the middle of the series, her left eyebrow is scarred, causing its hair to grow in white, and her right eyebrow is surrounded by blue powder burns. By the time of The Wake of the 'Lorelei Lee', Jacky has two tattoos: a blue anchor on her hip, and a golden dragon on the back of her neck. Despite the fact that Jacky does not consider herself attractive, nearly everyone she encounters is attracted to her.
Before the Series
Mary Faber started off life as the eldest daughter in a genteel but poor family in a small town in the north of England. For the first eight years of her life, she lived with her parents and her younger sister, Penelope (Penny). However, on a day that she later called "That Dark Day", her parents and her younger sister died of pestilence, and Mary was tossed out on the streets. For the next five years, she made her living begging on the streets with a gang of street urchins led by a boy named Rooster Charlie.
Early in the first book, Bloody Jack, Mary's group can't find the leader, Rooster Charlie. Mary goes to look for him and finds him dead on the street. (Later on in the series, we discover Charlie is killed by Muck the Corpseseller.) Mary leaves the gang, hoping not to end up dead on the streets like poor Charlie. She takes Charlie's pants, shirt, vest, and shiv, and disguises herself as a boy named Jack and signs up on a warship called the HMS Dolphin, as a ship's boy. She is joined by five other boys: Tink, Benjy, Davy, Willy, and Jaimy and quickly makes friends with the other boys after a quick scuffle with Willy to assert herself as someone not to be picked on. She stays on the ship for about a year (during this time, she experiences her first period and develops breasts). Eventually, however, she is captured by a pirate, LeFievre (whom the Dolphin has been chasing for most of the book), and is outed as a female after returning to the ship. She is then sent off to a girls' boarding school in Boston, Massachusetts, called the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls.
Curse of the Blue Tattoo
Jacky arrives at the girls' boarding school in Boston, called the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls. She quickly makes friends with a girl named Amy Trevelyne and becomes enemies with Clarissa Worthington Howe (of the Virginia Howes). However, Jacky is frequently made fun of by Clarissa and some of the other girls, especially Lisette de Lise, for her unladylike behavior and her British accent.
Jacky starts earning money by leaving the school during the nights and singing at a bar called 'The Pig and Whistle' with an alcoholic musician named Gulliver "Gully" McFarland. During the day, she skips school to go to the harbor and gets arrested for causing distractions in a public area (dancing in public while playing a pennywhistle and displaying a female limb). After her attorney, Ezra Pickering, gets her out of jail, Mistress Pimm demotes her to serving girl. Jacky spends most of the book as a servant. Throughout the book, she is kept busy because the school preacher, Reverend Mather, believes her to be Janey Porter, a serving girl he raped and killed, coming back to haunt him. He believes Jacky needs to be killed (as she is a witch) and that she is filled with evil. Jacky pretends to be the ghost of Janey Porter during the night in order to get the Reverend to confess that he killed Janey since everyone had previously believed she committed suicide.
Eventually, Mistress Pimm discovers that Jacky has been keeping up with her lessons, despite being demoted to serving girl, and reinstates her as a lady. Soon afterward, Jacky and Amy go to the Trevelynes' farm, and Jacky fills in for a jockey on a horse she met earlier in the book, the Sheik of Araby. At a party soon after Jacky's win, Clarissa gets Jacky drunk, and Jacky is almost raped by Lieutenant Flashby, but Randall saves her honour. This embarrassment is the cause of Jacky trying to run away from Dove Coat and Amy Trevelyne, but she is kidnapped by Beatle & Strunk, a pair of private investigators, who betray her to Preacher Mathers. Soon after, as she escapes from the preacher, who burns alive in the church, the city of Boston catches fire, the Lawson Peabody is burnt to the ground, and Jacky runs away into the night, headed off for England.
Under the Jolly Roger
Jacky is recruited as a midwife onboard the whaling ship Pequod (a facsimile of Captain Ahab's ship from Herman Melville's Moby-Dick) and sees much of the world. Upon returning, she has plenty of money, and enjoys some time in London, reuniting with Judy Miller and giving her a job. However, while dressed as a boy in hopes of surprising Jaimy at the race track, Jacky is captured by a press gang and forced into service upon the Wolverine, a Hell Ship under the command of the repulsive Abraham Scroggs. Muck, who has also been pressed, happens to be onboard under a pseudonym. While imprisoned in Scroggs' quarters, Jacky meets John Higgins, who instantly sympathizes with her. Scroggs has a heart attack while trying to rape Jacky (a combination of exertion, his illness, and stress from his mutinous crew crashing cannonballs overhead), and Jacky remains in the Captain's room with his corpse, simultaneously gaining the crew's trust during the day and getting them accustomed to following her orders. Eventually, she reveals herself as the ranking commanding officer on the ship, and takes command. Her first order of business is to expose Muck, who is killed by the other sailors.
Jacky turns the Wolverine into a true man-of-war, taking four prizes, including the Emerald, which will soon become her own. Once the Admiralty realizes what has happened, command is taken over by Captain Trumbull, who is sent along with Jaimy to resolve the situation. Jacky is brought to the Admiralty, who do not take her seriously, and give her a Letter of Marque in return for information on a French spy ring that Scroggs appears to have been part of, thinking that a girl will never be able to obtain a ship and a crew. Unbeknownst to them, however, Jacky has kept the Emerald secret, and boards it along with Higgins, now her trusted steward. She recruits Liam Delaney and others as crew, and forms a strong friendship with Liam's daughter, Mairead. Jacky sets out to capture prizes and serve her country, in the process antagonizing pirates Jean and Pierre Lafitte, who swear revenge. She earns great infamy during this time, being referred to as "La Belle Jeune Fille sans Merci" (the beautiful girl without mercy) by the French. Jacky is truly content for the first time in her life, and achieves her goal of opening an orphanage in London.
Jacky soon realizes, however, that a price has been put on her head by the Admiralty, who have revoked her Letter of Marque after discovering that she stole the Emerald. Wanted for piracy, Jacky is soon captured by her former crew on the Wolverine, and the Emerald is sunk at the hands of Jaimy himself.
Trumbull is bringing Jacky back to London when he is called to participate in the Battle of Trafalgar alongside Lord Nelson. During the bloody battle, Jacky escapes from the brig and also fights, killing many French and Spanish sailors, and receiving a powder burn alongside the eye opposite her white scar. Trumbull, recognizing her valor, allows her to escape, and she heads back to Boston to lie low.
In the Belly of the Bloodhound
Jacky re-enrolls at Lawson Peabody and continues her education whilst hiding from the British authorities. Higgins, now her steward and close personal friend, works with Ezra Pickering to clear Jacky's name, but to no avail. Jacky reignites her rivalry with Clarissa, who has brought her personal slave, Angelique, to school with her, much to Jacky's disgust.
On the day of an important field trip, Mistress Pimm suddenly falls ill, and the girls are escorted by her handyman, Dobbs, and a slave named Jerome. However, this is all a setup by Jerome, whose real name is Sin-Kay, and his partner Bartholomew Simon, a slave trader who plans on selling the girls at auction in Africa. They are taken aboard the slave ship Bloodhound, commanded by the stern Captain Blodgett, and on which Hugh the Grand works as muscle. Jacky sneaks her seabag below and immediately learns all she can about the ship's layout and the crew, and tries her best to get the girls, especially Clarissa, to cooperate and listen to her.
Jacky quickly exploits the superstitions of the crew, sneaking out of the hold disguised as the "black ghost," a fictional figure they fear. After frightening some sailors, she is followed into the hold by Blodgett, and must cover for herself by kissing Clarissa and pretending that they are "particular friends." Jacky notes that she has "been kissed by worse."
During her time on the Bloodhound, Jacky's relationship with Clarissa cools off, especially once Clarissa stands up for Jacky and reveals that she brought Angelique to school in order to prevent her from being "bred." Jacky also becomes closer to Katy Deere, whose past is revealed.
Eventually, the girls escape using a plan orchestrated by Jacky and Clarissa, during which a large portion of the Bloodhound's crew, in addition to Hugh the Grand, is killed. The girls, afloat at sea, are rescued by a British ship and returned to Boston, However upon arrival Jacky is arrested for piracy by the ships crew.
Jacky escapes with the help of Higgins, Clarissa, and Katy, then heads to the American West in order to lie low. She encounters the blowhard Mike Fink and immediately contrives a plan to con him out of his keelboat, which she takes and turns into a showboat that she names the Belle of the Golden West. Setting a course for New Orleans, she is joined by passengers and crew that include Chloe Cantrell, Clementine Jukes, Yancy Cantrell, Lightfoot, and others. The Belle, combined with Jacky's energetic and flamboyant musical performances, draws in plenty of crowds and money.
While ashore at a Shawnee village (where Lightfoot was raised), Jacky befriends Tepeki, a young Shawnee girl, and plays the pennywhistle with a local chief. However, she soon realizes that Harry Flashby and British Intelligence are present, attempting to stir up a conflict among the Natives and white settlers by offering to pay the Natives for the scalps of white folk. Flashby recognizes Jacky and kidnaps her.
The crew of the Belle help Jacky escape, and she makes Flashby and his cohort Moseley walk the plank, since they buy into the pirate stereotypes associated with Jacky by the wanted posters. Jacky also has a brief affair with Richard Allen, the British soldier assigned to guard her during captivity, and Jaimy catches her kissing him naked in the Mississippi. Sick with grief over the misunderstanding, Jacky has Allen write a letter to Jaimy, explaining the situation.
After seeing Allen off and sending Lightfoot and Chee-a-quat to search for Jaimy, Jacky is again kidnapped, this time by the racist Beam Family, who take issue with the fact that Jacky allows "colored" members of her crew (Chloe and escaped slave Solomon Freeman) to be free human beings. The Beams tar and feather Jacky, but are all viciously killed by Katy Deere, Lightfoot, and Chee-a-quat. Jacky has her head shaved in order to remove the tar.
Jacky is separated from the Belle on the way to New Orleans, and washes up alone. She stays with Mam'selle Claudelle de Bourbon, whose feelings for Jacky are further revealed, at the House of the Rising Sun. While playing guitar there (learned from Solomon), Jacky is recognized by a French aristocrat she wronged during her privateering days, and she is confronted at swordpoint by the aristocrat and the pirates Jean and Pierre Lafitte. Flashby and Mike Fink show up separately to take revenge on her as well, but the crew of the Belle intervenes, and Jacky escapes with Fink's help. She gives Fink two hundred dollars to forget about her theft of his boat. Turns out, it wasn't his boat in the first place.
Jacky meets Jaimy at his new posting on the HMS Mercury, and the two rekindle their relationship. However, Jaimy's current voyage lasts a year, and Jacky decides to pursue the furthering of Faber Shipping Worldwide, Incorporated until Jaimy returns.
My Bonny Light Horseman
Sailing on the Nancy B. along with Higgins and the rest of her crew, Jacky is waylaid by the Lafitte pirates once again, who push her into a trap set by the Admiralty. The captain of the British ship, Hannibal Hudson, befriends Jacky while admitting that he cannot afford to lose the reward he would receive by delivering her to her execution. During her time on the ship, Jacky becomes close with Stephen Sebastian, a scientist and the ship's doctor, who tasks her with sketching pictures of the new species of insects he has discovered during the voyage. While onboard, Jacky also encounters her nemesis Alexander Bliffil, who tries his best to turn the crew against her, but to no avail.
One night, after a grand dinner at the captain's table, the entire crew falls ill due to bad fish. Jacky, having abstained from eating the fish due to the amount she endured while cruising down the Mississippi, remains healthy, and becomes the ranking officer onboard. Soon after she takes command, the ship is attacked by the French, and Jacky once again finds herself in captivity, this time in a French prison.
The prison, overseen by a man known only as Jardineaux, takes its toll on Jacky, and the guards soon discover that she is La Belle Jeune Fille sans Merci, and take her off to be executed. However, Jardineaux switches her with another girl, who is executed in her place, before revealing that he works for the British, and that Jacky is to be used as a spy against Napoléon Bonaparte.
After a short time posing as a dancer and prostitute in Paris, Jacky, fed up with this role, disguises herself as a French soldier and convinces Jardineaux to send her into battle to glean information from Napoléon's forces firsthand. Her handler, Jean-Paul de Valdon, who has fallen in love with her, is a member of the Light Cavalry, and is on his way to the same battle: a decisive strike against the Prussians.
Jacky is given command of her own unit, the Clodhoppers, befriends Pierre Bardot, and antagonizes the pompous Major Levesque, whom she eventually outwits at cards and leaves penniless. Being a messenger, Jacky is eventually entrusted with delivering letters straight to Napoléon, whom she finds not to be the monster described in British propaganda, but as a normal person looking out for his people, despite the hundreds of thousands of deaths he has caused.
When the Battle of Jena comes, Jacky is knocked unconscious by falling off her horse, but is lauded for appearing to lead the charge, and is awarded with a Legion of Honour. Back in Paris, she reports to Jardineaux, who is appalled that Jacky was so close to Napoléon and chose not to kill him. Convinced that Jacky has been turned, Jardineaux drags her down to the sea, where the Nancy B. is just rolling in to take her back, and plans on executing her in front of her crew. However, Jean-Paul, tasked with holding onto Jacky's shiv, stabs Jardineaux to death with it. He decides to return to his family and quit his life as a spy. Jacky and Jaimy reunite onboard her schooner, and Jacky reflects that she is once again home.
Rapture of the Deep
Jacky plans to wed Jaimy, but the preparations are cut short by British Intelligence, who have grown impatient with her due to Jardineaux's death, and have another mission for her: to refill the coffers of Britain by lifting lost Spanish gold from the San Magdalena, a long-sunken ship somewhere in the Florida Keys.
While en route to the Caribbean the Nancy B. stops in Charleston, South Carolina. There Jacky, Davy, and Tink come upon a slave market. the three are initially disgusted but stay to witness the evil. the final slave of the sale is an elderly slave, Jemimah, who Jacky takes pity on and buys to later free.
Rejoined by Higgins, Davy, Tink, Dr. Sebastian, Tilly, and others, Jacky takes on the mission with the HMS Dolphin, now captained by Hannibal Hudson, as protection. After finding the sunken ship, Jacky begins raising the gold using the newly invented diving bell. Spiteful at once again being the puppet of King George and unable to resist, Jacky begins hoarding some of the gold in an underwater cave for herself.
While on shore leave at Havana antagonizes Juan Carlos Cisneros y Siquieros, a Spanish lieutenant who immediately suspects Jacky of something dubious, and punishes his subordinates when they accidentally give Jacky information on the San Cristobal's schedule. She also reunites with Flaco Jiminez, a pirate with whom she had an affair during her time as a privateer/pirate on the Caribbean. She immediately distrusts Flaco's First Mate, El Feo, who turns out to be planning mutiny and to take the gold for himself with the help of Flashby, who has been assigned as Second Mate on the Dolphin. Jacky and Flaco defeat and kill El Feo after the latter kidnaps and attempts to ransom Joan Nichols, whom Jacky has taken to mothering.
Once the bulk of the gold is recovered, Cisneros attacks, and is defeated by Jacky, Flaco, and the Dolphin. Jacky gives the San Cristobal to Britain as a gift, hoping it will even things out for her theft of the Emerald, and then returns to Boston with her stash of the gold in order to buy a new Flagship for Faber Shipping.
The Wake of the 'Lorelei Lee'
Jacky purchases a new ship, the Lorelei Lee, but falls into a trap set by Flashby and Bliffil, which leads to her trial and conviction in London. She is sentenced to the developing penal colony in New South Wales, Australia, and is forced to ride on her own ship as a prisoner.
The trip takes almost a year, during which she crosses the Equator and is initiated as a Shellback. She becomes acquainted with Augustus Laughton and Enoch Lightner, the Captain and Sailing Master of the ship, and the two hundred female convicts participate in Laughton's nightly spectacles of debauchery. Jacky once again encounters Gully MacFarland, who is now clean and sober thanks to her, and Mairead Delaney, who is now pregnant and also a convict. For the duration of the voyage, Jacky is obsessively stalked by Ruger, the First Mate, who alternates between trying to "take" her and trying to get her killed.
At a stop in Bombay, Jacky takes Ravi, a street urchin who reminds her of herself, under her wing. When Laughton unexpectedly dies, Ruger becomes Captain, and the crew is split. Higgins, onboard as Assistant Purser, agrees to a sham marriage with Jacky in order to protect her.
Eventually the ship is attacked by Chinese pirates led by Cheng Shih after entering the South China Sea. Cheng Shih takes Jacky as a concubine, and Jacky falls in love with her, despite her abiding intentions to marry Jaimy. Cheng Shih aids Jacky in taking back the Lorelei Lee, killing Ruger in the process, in exchange for Jacky's aid in retrieving a golden Buddha statue from the sea floor. Cheng Shih allows Jacky to leave with Jaimy, leaving one of her servants, Lee Chi, with Jacky.
Jacky plans for the future as her ship, along with those of Jaimy and Joseph Jared, sail into a typhoon.
The Mark of the Golden Dragon
Jacky is dragged overboard during the typhoon, and the crew searches for her for several weeks before declaring her dead. They hold a funeral and move on, with Jaimy swearing vengeance on Flashby and Bliffil, the ones he deems responsible for getting Jacky into this mess in the first place.
Jacky, however, washes up in Burma alongside Ravi. In order to obtain a boat, they aid a local boy, Arun, in ridding his small fishing village of a bully called Ohnmar, who terrorizes the people and takes large percentages of their profits.
While performing a street show, Jacky is apprehended by a local businessman known as Chopstick Charlie. She quickly befriends him and bonds with his daughter, Sidrah, who shows her the ways of Buddhism and takes her to a temple. However, the two are caught in an earthquake and kidnapped by pirates in the wake of the destruction. Jacky antagonizes the pirates to the degree that they toss her overboard.
Marooned again, Jacky is soon discovered by the Nancy B. with Liam, Higgins, Davy, Joannie, and others aboard, having not believed that she could be dead without seeing her remains for themselves. Reunited, the crew rescues Sidrah from the pirates, as Jacky correctly assumed that they would seek ransom from Charlie for her. Now in Jacky's debt, Charlie makes a deal with her: he will gift some priceless artifacts to the museum in London in exchange for becoming Faber Shipping's special contact in the East (as well as special trading contact to King George), and Jacky will ideally be pardoned for organizing such a deal for the British.
Home again, Jacky learns of Jaimy's stint as the Black Highwayman and attempts to send a message to Jaimy via his new girlfriend, Bess, who refuses. Jacky learns from Dr. Sebastian that Jaimy has killed Alexander Bliffil and plans on getting Flashby next. She then formulates a plan, spending time with Richard Allen in order to secure the Chopstick Charlie deal, simultaneously organizing a charade as an exotic prostitute in order to lure Flashby into a trap.
Both plans go well, with Mr. Peel taking Jacky's side in getting her pardoned by the new First Lord, and with Flashby being taken prisoner. Jacky meets King George, who is grateful for the new collection of treasures, but has no idea that she was responsible for them. On the road, Flashby is brought to the Highwayman (Jaimy), but Allen has been ordered to apprehend the Highwayman and cannot disobey, even though he loves Jacky and wants to help her. Therefore, Flashby is framed as the Highwayman and imprisoned in Newgate (after shooting and killing Bess in an attempt to kill Jaimy and escape). Jaimy is brought along with Jacky and her crew, though he does not believe it is really her.
Jacky is pardoned by Baron Mulgrave under the condition that she will remain a part of Intelligence and act as translator for Lord Wellesley in Portugal.
Jacky and Higgins travel to Portugal and work under Lord Wellesley; however, Wellesley sends her to Spain with guerrilla leader Pablo Montoya in order to gain intelligence on the French. During the trek, Montoya's group is ambushed by bandits, and scatters, leaving Jacky to travel to Madrid on her own. There, she is taken in by Francisco Goya, the famous artist, and becomes a student/model in Estudio Goya.
The male students, especially Cesar Rivera, are infatuated with Jacky and attempt to woo her. On the other hand, the lone female student in the house, Carmelita Gomez, considers Jacky little more than a poor guttersnipe and immediately spurns her. Eventually, Goya takes Jacky with him to aid in his painting of King Joseph's portrait, and paints a controversial nude portrait of Jacky herself. During her time at Estudio Goya, Jacky receives guitar lessons from Django, a gypsy who performs locally.
Carmelita tips off the Spanish Inquisition, who arrest Jacky, drag her to a dungeon, and denounce her for appearing nude in a painting. When Jacky refuses to "admit" that Estudio Goya is a house of blasphemy and devil worship, the Inquisitors torture her. Before she can be killed, however, Cesar shows up with Montoya and his men, who kill the Inquisitors and re-recruit Jacky to their original mission. Before Jacky leaves, she waterboards Carmelita in her own bedroom.
Jacky aids the guerrillas in sabotaging the French, but when Montoya and his wife, Pilar, decide to burn a young French soldier alive, Jacky grants him a mercy death and leaves the camp, saying she does not possess their resolve. She joins a gypsy troupe who are close with Django, and makes her way to Gibraltar, where she ships onboard a Naval vessel and returns to the sea, hoping to reach Boston and continue Faber Shipping.
Jacky returns to Boston in order to see to the affairs of her shipping company. Much has changed there, including the presence of the Women's Temperance Union led by Mrs. Shinn, and a gang war between rival fire companies led by Arthur McBride, Captain Warren, and Jacky's childhood nemesis Pigger O'Tool.
Jacky graduates from Lawson Peabody along with Amy, Clarissa, and the rest of the girls in her age group. She and Clarissa become better friends, and after Jacky purchases the defunct Pig and Whistle Inn and opens the Emerald Playhouse next door, Clarissa forsakes her wealthy Puritan family and becomes an actress and singer. During a parade, Jacky antagonizes the Temperance Union, and Amy storms off, offended at both Jacky's behavior and the fact that Jacky now seems to favor Clarissa over her.
Since Faber Shipping's coffers are nearly empty, Jacky realizes it's time to retrieve the last of the gold from the Santa Magdalena wreck. Onboard the Nancy B. Alsop, she and the crewmembers who know about the secret head back to the Florida Keys, along with Clarissa, who joins at the last second. Since Clarissa cannot know about the gold, Jacky leaves her in New Orleans with Mam'selle Claudelle de Bourbon, who introduces Clarissa to cocaine, much to Jacky's rage. Jacky nurses her back to health, and the two begin sharing a bed in Jacky's cabin, often awakening in each other's arms.
Mrs. Shinn retaliates at Jacky's public embarrassment of the Temperance Union by having Jacky's adopted children, Ravi and Joan Nichols, seized by the state and taken to asylums for disobedient and wayward youngsters. Jacky eliminates the threat of Pigger by poisoning him with her hallucinogenic mushroom potion (obtained in Spain), after which he is arrested and declared Permanently Insane. She does the same to Judge Thwackham, who gradually loses his mind during the court proceedings, and allows Joan to stay in the care of Miranda Pimm, who testifies on Jacky's behalf. Ravi, on the other hand, must be busted out of the Reformatory by Jacky and Arthur, who lends Jacky his fire wagons.
Jacky's performance of In the Belly of the Bloodhound, which includes Clarissa playing herself, becomes an enormous hit. However, Constable Wiggins eventually attacks Jacky and attempts to force her to take the punishment of the ten lashes promised to her in Curse of the Blue Tattoo. Jacky is saved when Randall and his marines show up, and the "punishment" is administered by Jaimy, who is disguised as a hunchback and delivers light blows.
Jaimy leaves Boston for England, saying goodbye to Jacky for good. A confused Jacky soon receives a letter from Clarissa, stating that while she loves Jacky, she owed her some payback for stealing Randall from her years ago, and so prevented Jacky and Jaimy from contacting one another throughout the recent months, which resulted in Jaimy assuming Jacky had forsaken him.
Wild Rover No More
Jacky takes three cruises to the Caribbean on Faber Shipping business in order to clear her head. Eventually, Jaimy returns to Boston, not satisfied with how he left things. The two reconcile after a heated argument and agree to marry once again. However, Chloe soon arrives and warns Jacky that authorities are after her. Jacky discovers that she has been framed for treason as a result of an elaborate scheme by Harry Flashby, who has vowed to see her hang. Jacky goes into hiding.
After a short stint as governess to a problem child named Edgar Allen Polk in Plymouth, Jacky is found out by a corrupt postman and must once again run away. She joins a traveling circus, where she befriends the trapeze artist Marcello Grimaldi, who loves her, but she assumes the identity of a Russian princess named Natasha Romanoff, who is promised in marriage to Count Yakov Petrovsky (a facsimile of Vlad the Impaler). Higgins, Mairead, and Enoch Lightner aid in the circus's success, but Jacky is once again found out when American Intelligence agents apprehend Gully MacFarland, who has attended a recent circus performance, and force him to give away Jacky's whereabouts.
Jacky is caught and sentenced to hang by Judge Thwackham. Flashby arrives to witness the execution, just as Jaimy obtains papers that would exonerate Jacky. The execution takes place (narrated from Amy's point of view), and Jacky's body is taken down. Gully MacFarland, who arrives to rescue Jacky, is killed by Flashby, who is in turn killed by Randall. However, on the way up to Jacky's burial plot, it is revealed that Higgins, Mistress Pimm, Randall, Clarissa, Richard, and Fennel and Bean worked together to stage a fake execution, which involved a dress with a harness inside, and a Hangman and US Marshall played by actors. Jaimy arrives with the exoneration papers, but still thinks Jacky is dead, and visits her "grave," which in fact houses Gully's body. Jacky and Jaimy reunite and if you love me, Jamie, then kiss me, and oh yes, he does.
An endnote by L.A. Meyer hints that although Jacky got everything she wanted, her rollicking ways are not at an end.
Jacky often says prayers and asks God for forgiveness in her mind. However, this is more social convention and an attempt to better herself than a literal belief system similar to that of her Puritan schoolmates. In In the Belly of the Bloodhound, she reveals to the Lawson Peabody girls that many older religions have multiple gods, including female ones, and this ignites a new fire in many of the girls, whose educations and parenting have excluded anything about how their own bodies work or the fact that they are independent people with power over their own destinies. Jacky adds that the Christian god was invented by a bunch of men who wanted to be in control of women.
Meyer describes Jacky as "Pantheist," i.e. recognizing the merits of all religions while acknowledging that humans are simply trying to figure out what we're all doing here.
Jacky is most likely pansexual, due to her affairs with both men and women. A romantic encounter with a woman was with her arch-nemesis Clarissa Worthington Howe; a kiss to create a diversion for their mutual captors. Jacky notes later that she has "been kissed by worse." Out of everyone in the series, Jacky most often comments on the attractiveness of Clarissa, often using the word "perfect" to describe her skin and lips. With greater detail spent describing female characteristics and her general open expression of affection for all sexes, it is clear she is likely not heterosexual.
In Mississippi Jack, Jacky briefly lives with Mam'selle Claudelle de Bourbon, who already has feelings for her. While details are sparing, they share a bed for several weeks, and Mam'selle is described as being "good, mostly" while sleeping with Jacky, and later as "not very shy about that sort of thing." Jacky kisses Mam'selle on the lips before leaving New Orleans.
In The Wake of the 'Lorelei Lee', Jacky develops an intimate relationship with Cheng Shih, who takes her as a concubine onboard the Divine Wind. Although she persists in her intentions to marry Jaimy, Jacky vocally expresses her love for Cheng Shih as well. They part tearfully, with Jacky standing on the quarterdeck until Cheng Shih is out of sight, and she avoids consummating her relationship with Jaimy out of pain and confusion following her separation from Cheng Shih.
In Boston Jacky, Jacky forms a relationship with a girl named Griselda while sailing from Spain to Boston, which lasts about a month. Griselda thinks Jacky is male, but Jacky, instead of telling the truth or rejecting Griselda's advances, pursues the romance, considering Griselda to be "pretty" and "amorous."
None of Jacky's friends, aside from John Higgins, are made aware of Jacky's affairs with other women.
Jacky has a tendency to act as a mother figure to many of the men and boys she meets, despite her youth. This is often chalked up to the time period, during which the simple touch of female hands was enough to satiate almost any male. However, in In the Belly of the Bloodhound it is revealed that the orphan Jacky was once guardian to an abandoned baby boy named Jesse, whom she was forced to give up so that he would not die during the winter in London. Over the course of the series proper, Jacky comes into contact with many young people that she takes under her wing in a motherly way, including Georgie Piggott in Under the Jolly Roger, Denis Dofour in My Bonny Light Horseman, Joan Nichols in Rapture of the Deep, and Ravi in The Wake of the 'Lorelei Lee'. Ravi eventually calls her "Mommy."
After her near-hanging by the pirate LaFievre, Jacky begins experiencing nightmares that cause her to wake up screaming. The nightmares increase every time she sees one of her friends killed or is nearly killed herself, and she "collects" these horrific experiences as the series goes on. The only thing that occasionally allows her a peaceful night is to sleep in the arms of one of her friends.
Jacky also experiences flashes of depression, which she refers to as the Black Cloud.
Frequently spoken phrases
"I am so very hard on my friends."
"I wasn't raised up proper."
"Men, I swear"
"I am a peaceable sort of coward."
"I don't know nothin' about nothin'."
"Sin of Pride, I know."
"Might as well be hanged for a wolf as for a sheep."
“I do try to be good.”
- Jaimy Fletcher: her on-again/off-again fiance throughout most of the series.
- Amy Trevelyne: Jacky's best friend. They met each other at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in the second book, "Curse of the Blue Tattoo". They got along quite well, and Amy wrote down all that Jacky told her about her time on the Dolphin, which Amy then turned into a book. She later turns several of Jacky's adventures, including her time at the Lawson Peabody, into more books, much to the embarrassment of Jacky.
- Rebecca Adams: another of Jacky's friends from the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls . She is only twelve years old in "Curse of the Blue Tattoo" and is the youngest girl enrolled at the school. When Jacky is demoted to serving girl, Rebecca tutors her in embroidery, while Jacky tutors Rebecca in reading, writing, and arithmetic. She is implied to be John Adams' granddaughter.
- Robin Raeburne: Robin and Jacky met while on the 'Wolverine'. The two were midshipmen together. They almost slept together when Jacky believed she was going to be raped by the captain.
- Flaco Jiminez: a pirate that Jacky met while sailing the Caribbean. He is another one of Jacky's many former flames. Jacky helped Flaco regain his ship after his second-in-command mutinied against him.
- Lord Richard Allen: a young British captain that Jacky meets in "Mississippi Jack". He won a kiss lasting 'til the count of thirty from Jacky during a game, and claimed kiss while en route to New Orleans, while Jacky and he were skinny dipping in the Mississippi. This little incident occurred just as Jaimy was catching up to the Belle of the Golden West in his canoe, and caused Jaimy to leave Jacky, thinking that she had not been faithful to him. Richard and Jacky remain close throughout the series, and he proposes marriage a number of times.
- Cheng Shih: a female Chinese pirate who kidnaps Jacky in "The Wake of the 'Lorelei Lee'". It is strongly suggested that she was deeply in love with Jacky, and tried to keep her as a "pet". However, once she realized how happy Jaimy made Jacky, she allowed them to leave together.
Bloody Jack (novel)
Bloody Jack, fully titled Bloody Jack: Being An Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship's Boy is a historical novel by L.A. Meyer. It is centered on an orphaned girl in London in the early 19th century. The story is continued in Curse of the Blue Tattoo, Under the Jolly Roger, In the Belly of the Bloodhound, Mississippi Jack, My Bonny Light Horseman, Rapture of the Deep, The Wake of the Lorelei Lee, The Mark of the Golden Dragon, Viva Jacquelina!, Boston Jacky, and Wild Rover No More.
After losing her entire family to disease, eight-year-old Mary Faber joins a gang of orphans led by Rooster Charlie, whom she looks up to as a brother. One day, after stealing some bread, Mary stumbles across Charlie's corpse and realizes that he's been murdered. Donning his clothes, she assumes the identity of "Jack" and joins the crew of HMS Dolphin as a ship's boy.
While serving aboard the Dolphin, she kills a pirate during an attack on an enemy ship. As a mark of honor, her shipmates give her the nickname "Bloody Jack".
Mary Faber is a member of Rooster Charlie's orphan gang in Cheapside, London, during the late s. After Charlie is murdered by a grave robber, she disguises herself as a boy and seeks passage on the Dolphin, a man of war tasked with hunting pirates. As Mary can read, she is assigned to serve as the schoolmaster's assistant, under the name Jacky Faber. She quickly befriends her fellow boys Tink, Willy, Benjy, and Davy. Jaimy Fletcher, the son of a once-prosperous family, joins the crew at the last second to train as a midshipman.
Over the course of several months, the boys gradually become accomplished sailors. Jacky forms a close bond with Irish seaman Liam Delaney, who teaches her how to play the penny whistle. As Jacky begins to mature, she creates a new uniform to hide the changes; in response, the captain orders her to make uniforms for all the boys. While cruising off the coast of North Africa, the captain spots a pirate ship and pursues it. After battering the vessel into submission, a boarding party including Jacky and Jaimy is sent aboard. During the battle, a pirate carrying the ship's money chest sneaks up on Jaimy, and Jacky manages to shoot him dead, earning her the name "Bloody Jack". Disturbed by the experience, Jacky falls further into depression after learning that Benjy was killed in action. With the Dolphin low on supplies, the crew heads to Palma for rest and relaxation. Jacky begins to menstruate, and mistakingly believes that she will soon die.
After landing at Palma, the boys spend their money on tattoos, declaring themselves the Brotherhood of Ship's Boys. Upon having her first menstrual period, Jacky visits a nearby brothel to learn about her condition. Unaware of the truth, the boys assume that she is a "rake" and taunt her.
Resupplied, the ship travels to the Caribbean Sea to continue its mission. Bliffil, an abusive midshipman, attacks Jacky in the classroom, putting her in the sick ward with severe injuries. Eager for revenge, she persuades another midshipman, Jenkins, to challenge Bliffil to a fight, which he wins. Bill Sloat, another sailor who frequently targets Jacky, discovers her secret and tries to rape her in the ship's rope locker. Jacky manages to stab him with her shiv, and Sloat falls overboard and drowns. Liam is charged with the murder and sentenced to death, but Jacky confesses and is subsequently tried in his place, with the court freeing her on account of self-defense.
With peace restored, Jacky begins to fall in love with Jaimy. When he decides to leave the ship out of fear of being ostracized for homosexuality, she reveals her true identity to him. Soon after they arrive in Kingston, Jamaica, Jacky puts on a dress and goes on a date with Jaimy, only to be interrupted by the other boys. With Jaimy distracting them, she is able to slip into her disguise and maintain her cover. Davy convinces them to all get earrings, which Jaimy and Jacky take as symbols of their love.
While hunting for the French pirate LeFievre ("The Fever"), the Dolphin is attacked by a fireship and begins to sink. While serving as a lookout, Jacky spots land and alerts the crew, allowing them to beach the ship safely. Davy catches her sleeping in Jaimy's hammock, and she reluctantly tells him the truth. Phineas Tilden, the ship's schoolmaster, recruits Jacky to pilot an experimental kite in the hopes of finding help. When the kite breaks free from its moorings, Jacky winds up trapped on a nearby island, where she uses smoke signals to contact the crew. Unfortunately, LeFievre and his men spot the signals and set an ambush for the rescue party. Jacky tries to warn them, but is captured and tied to a rope. The pirates try to hang her, but she is saved seconds before death. In the process, the entire crew discovers her female nature.
Despite earning a promotion to midshipman for bravery, Jacky is discharged from the navy and sent to Boston, where Tilden has arranged for her to attend Lawson Peabody's School for Girls under her assumed name. Accepting her fate, Jacky embraces her shipmates before stepping off.
- Mary 'Jacky' Faber: The protagonist of the series, she came from a middle-class London family who all died of a plague when she was about seven or eight years old. Suddenly living as a street orphan, she joins a gang led by a slightly older orphan, Rooster Charlie. After Charlie is killed, she enlists with the crew of the H.M.S. Dolphin as a ship's boy. Jacky exhibits the characteristics of a "Jack" or "Fox" folk hero: flashing a "foxy" smile, she is charming and sly, good-hearted and adventure seeking, endlessly slipping into and out of trouble, and making sport out of besting her foes.
- Rooster Charlie: He is called Rooster Charlie, both because his last name is Brewster and because of his red hair and how it falls to the side. Though he is not much older than twelve to fourteen years of age himself, he is the leader of a small gang, and is killed for a grudge by a sordid adult. He was Jacky's closest friend. When she finds his murdered body, Jacky takes his knife and his clothes and uses them to begin her life as a boy. Aboard ship, she carves the shiv handle into the likeness of a rooster to honor Charlie.
- James 'Jaimy' Emerson Fletcher: A fellow ship's boy on the H.M.S. Dolphin. He comes from a family that is not poor, but not wealthy enough to buy him a commission as a midshipman. His father enlists him as a ship's boy on the H.M.S. Dolphin. After Jacky secretly reveals her gender to him, Jaimy and Jacky pledge themselves to one another using gold rings that are put through their ears.
- Liam Delaney: An Irishman and skilled sailor, he is Jacky's overseer and "sea dad" who gives her tips and rescues her from ill-intentioned men on board. He does not discover her true gender until it is publicly announced.
- Muck: A corpse seller. He took the corpses of Jacky's family away when they died, murders her best friend, Rooster Charlie, and sells that corpse as well.
- Davy, Willy, Benjy and Tink: Jacky and Jaimy's fellow ship's boys, with whom they form a blood brotherhood. By the end of the book, they have been separated by rank, and in one case, by death, but the bond the survivors had sworn on as shipboard novices remains strong.
Literature / Bloody Jack
Jacky Faber is a tough, resourceful urchin on the streets of London, capable of really anything you can imagine. Although Jacky's life as a member of Rooster Charlie's Gang is all right considering the circumstances, it's not enough—the sea calls with promises of fortune and high adventure, and Jacky has always wanted to see the Bombay Rat, the Cathay Cat, and the Kangaroo.
There's only one problem: Jacky's a girl.
When an unexpected tragedy forces her to leave her old gang, Mary Faber dons boys' clothes, takes the name "Jack," and joins the Royal Navy as a ship's boy. It's risky, but it certainly beats the bleak prospects of an orphan girl on the streets of London in From there, she goes on numerous adventures all over Europe, America, and the open sea, makes unlikely friends, and falls in love but even when everything seems perfect, trouble always manages to find her.
Bloody Jack is a series of twelve young adult novels by L.A. Meyer. They are as follows:
- Bloody Jack
- Curse of the Blue Tattoo
- Under the Jolly Roger
- In the Belly of the Bloodhound
- Mississippi Jack
- My Bonny Light Horseman
- Rapture of the Deep
- The Wake of the Lorelei Lee
- The Mark of the Golden Dragon
- Viva Jacquelina!
- Boston Jacky
- Wild Rover No More
The series is a must-read for anyone who likes historical fiction, adventure, pirates, and genuine plucky heroines. The story is fast-paced and fun to read, but not simplistic in the least—to fully describe the plot would make this page longer than Moment of Awesome. But feel free to break the cast down by trope with the Character Sheet.
Not related toViolence Jack in any way, shape, or form.
This series provides examples of:
- Accidental Hero: Jacky "leads" a cavalry charge screaming in terror on a runaway horse in My Bonny Light Horseman.
- Action Girl: Jacky, of course. Also, all of the Lawson Peabody girls become Action Girls out of necessity when they are taken aboard the Bloodhound to be sold into slavery.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: Jacky takes quite a number of orphans under her wing. However this is only made official in regards to Joannie and Ravi.
- The Alcoholic: Gully.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Jacky in book 2, after which she swears never to touch spirits again
- Ambiguously Gay:
- Higgins' sexuality is heavily implied.
- Mam'selle Claudelle day Bourbon seems to dote mightily on Jacky.
- The dangerous female pirate Cheng Shih seems to take a shine to Jacky. Jacky is subsequently vague and dreamy about her position as Cheng Shih's "pet."
- Actors Mr. Fennel and Mr. Bean give this impression in the audiobook as well, though not in the printed novels.
- Archer Archetype: Silent, independent, stoic Katy Deere seems ready to slip under the plot-radar in In Belly of the Bloodhound. Then she gets a bow in her hands, and we learn very quickly that Katy Deere doesnt need words to get her point across.
- Artistic Licence History:
- There are quite a few details that do not ring true to those familiar with daily life in this time. Jacky herself has some anachronistic notions, but that can be explained by her dual role.
- Some characters use or refer to cocaine. Cocaine was first extracted from coca leaves in s, about five decades after the books are set.
- Artistic License Law:
- When Jacky (clearly a minor) is arrested no attempt is made to contact her guardian.
- A girl who is considered a minor is able to have a Ward and an adopted son?
- The court room scenes in general seem to make very little sense.
- Attempted Rape: Pretty much once a book, at the very least.
- Author Appeal:
- History and ships.
- The author is an artist and owns an art gallery with his wife. Thus, Jacky is a skilled artist and much detail goes into the techniques she uses.
- The author appears to be interested in period clothing, as he expends much detail on Jackie's various outfits and disguises and each novel gives her at least one extended dressing scene.
- Folk songs and sea chanteys. Jacky's repertoire is extensive and historically accurate. Jackie herself was inspired by the song "Jackaroe", though in-story it's the other way around.
- Author Avatar: Jacky is arguably this. Her skills and interests mirror those of the author so much so that Meyer would make posts to the official forum in character, even when talking about real-world issues such as book covers and release dates.
- Badass Bookworm: Amy.
- The Beard: Jacky and Higgins get married in The Wake Of The Lorelei Lee to keep the rest of the ship from speculating about their relationship (and Higgins' sexuality). Leads to Sexless Marriage and Amicably Divorced.
- Berserk Button: Jacky flies into a rage when anyone criticizes her mother. The reaction is predictable enough that Clarissa uses it in an attempt to get her expelled from the Lawson Peabody in In the Belly of the Bloodhound, and would have succeeded had it not been for Higginss last-second intervention.
- Beta Couple: Several throughout the series, but among the most notable being Amy and Ezra (though she is not yet readyfor that sort of thing), Jim Tanner and Clementine Jukes, and Mairead and Ian. Joanie and Daniel.
- Boarding School of Horrors: Deconstructed. The Lawson Peabody School For Young Girls is reasonably strict and regimented, but not abusive, and the Headmistress seems to be a bit of a tough-but-fair Mama Bear about her students.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
- Jacky frequently makes asides justifying her actions to the reader."I wasn't raised proper" being the most frequent, but there are others.
- In the last book excerpts from Amy's journal are explicitly addressed to "dear reader".
- In scenes where Jacky is telling someone about her past adventures, she frequently quotes previous books word for word.
- Brick Joke: "Eat Nettles first."
- Jacky: "I'm a good girlmostly." and "Men, I swear." and "I wasn't raise proper."
- Amy: "I'm not ready for that kind of thing."
- Mike Fink: "I'm a ringtailed roarer!"
- Chekhov's Gun Cordelia Dress Introduced in book 2 and fired in book
- Chivalrous Pervert: Randall and Richard Allen.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Jacky and Jaimy.
- Implied for Joanie and Daniel in Rapture of the Deep.
- Cliffhanger: So far, all of the books, in one way or another, but most notably Under the Jolly Roger and In the Belly of the Bloodhound.
- Clothing Damage: Seems to be the main attraction in Jacky's playlet "The Villain Pursues Constant Maiden: Or, Fair Virtue in Peril"Ro
- Cool Boat: Jackie's beloved flagship, the Nancy B. Alsop. A Baltimore schooner, she's fast enough to outrun a Royal Navy frigate, big enough to cross the Pacific but small enough to be handled by two or three hands in an emergency, and named after her mother.
- Couldn't Find a Lighter: Lord Richard Allen uses the burning fuse of a bomb to light his cigar in Rapture of the Deep.
- Cowardly Lion: Jacky, and she's not afraid to admit it.
- Crazy-Prepared: Jacky and the items in her sea bag. She also has her shiv on her at all times, and it miraculously never gets lost.
- Crouching Scholar Hidden Badass: Higgins is shown repeatedly to be very adept at manipulation and persuasion, on top of being able to crunch numbers, crack complicated military codes, speak multiple languages, solve crime, and run a business. His sheer versatility results in him eventually being scouted by the British government as an intelligence agent. That said, he carries dual-wielding percussion cap pistols and is not above using physical force to protect Jacky when diplomacy fails. Politely, of course.
- Dies Wide Open: Benjy, though Jacky closes his eyes later.
- Disguised in Drag: Jacky. All the time. More so in the earlier books, when she had a more boyish figure.
- Used by the pirates in the beginning of My Bonny Light Horseman.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Used by Clarissa when the girls escape the Bloodhound. Also used on occasion by Jacky when in Saucy Wench mode.
- Divided We Fall: In In the Belly of the Bloodhound, Clarissa is far more concerned about calling Jacky out for her perceived bossiness than she is working together with her to try to find a way for them all to escape a life of slavery. The petty schoolgirl rivalry in light of much more serious matters is so out of place that Jacky is more incredulous than angry throughout the confrontation.
- Double Standard: Jackie is often crashing headlong into it. Sometimes she tries to play it to her advantage.
- Driven to Suicide: Elspeth, after going catatonic for revealing that Jacky led the girls against their captors in Book 4, which resulted in Jacky getting punished.. And again in Wild Rover No More when Amy tries to commit suicide after Jacky's execution. Fortunately Randell sabotaged her pistol
- Drunken Master: Played with as Randell is only pretending to be drunk
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: You'd think that after In the Belly of the Bloodhound, Jacky would have friends in high places, but it doesn't seem to be the case.
- Eating Lunch Alone: Amy Trevelyne starts out this way in Curse of the Blue Tattoo, though she tells Jacky that the exile is self-imposed.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Clarissa and Jacky on the Bloodhound, which adds to the general feeling of
- Faking the Dead: Happens to Jacky twice.
- Famed in Story: Jacky explicitly wants to be this, although it comes around to bite her when she learns her friend Amy has been publishing Jacky's life story and adventures in volumes, often leading to Jacky's enemies being all-too-informed of her exploits.
- Frying Pan of Doom: Jemimah uses what is apparently the world's biggest frying pan to brain El Feo.
- Genki Girl: Jacky. Amy expresses her dismay at Jacky's tireless enthusiasm more than once.
- Get It Over With: Jacky says words to this effect many times when threatened with execution.
- Generation Xerox: Jacky looks exactly like her mother. Her adopted urchin Joannie is very much a slightly younger version of Jacky.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Jacky ends up with two—one on her eyebrow and one on the outer edge of her opposite eye.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Jaimy frequently describes himself with variations of this. While he recognizes that its unfounded for the most part, his hair-trigger temper and jealousy have led to several incidents throughout the series including but not limited to nearly drowning Robin Raeburne out of spite in Under the Jolly Roger, racing off in a huff before Jacky can explain her tryst with Richard Allen in Mississippi Jack, and most recently breaking up with her entirely when he discovers the nude portrait Amadeo Romero had done of her during her adventures in Spain.
- Groin Attack: Marshall Hilaire de Groote's wife shoots him in the crotch when she catches him with Jacky (who was pretending to be a prostitute at the time).
- Handsome Lech: Randall Trevelyne, Joseph Jared, etc
- Have a Gay Old Time:
- Jacky's fellow ship's boys temporarily kick her out of their group because "they think [she's] queer," a line that, under the circumstances, could be (and is) interpreted all kinds of ways.
- The ship boys refer to Jacky as a "bleedin' fairy," a thought to which Jacky concurs ("That I am, a right wee elf") although it's entirely possible Jacky doesn't fully understand the implications.
- Hello, Sailor!: Although, characters like this are almost always portrayed as Depraved Homosexuals.
- Hidden Depths: Clarissa in the fourth book
- Historical Domain Character: Enough to populate a wiki of their own, including Napoleon, Tecumseh and Sacajawea, the LaFitte brothers, Lord Dundas, the Duke of Clarence, and Cheng Shih. Many other contemporary figures such as Marshal Ney, John Adams, Cotton Mathers, Lord Nelson and the romantic poets are discussed or make cameo appearances without rising to the level of true characters.
- A number of the convicts on the Lorelei Lee are Historical characters, including Mary Wade. The Lorelei Lee itself is somewhat based on the Lady Juliana.
- Historical In-Joke: Oodles and boodles worth
- Honey Trap: Jacky is forced to be one of these by the British government as an alternative to being hanged for piracy. She keeps a stash of opium on hand to avoid being deflowered. It is specifically referred to by this name in the book.
- Honor Among Thieves:
- Despite the backstabbing, violence, and constant turf wars in Cheapside, its tacitly agreed among the urchins that involving the police in any way breaks the code of the streets.
- Rooster Charlie was known for being scrupulously fair, dividing spoils evenly and refusing to eat until all the members of the gang were present.
- Subverted with Gully, who starts off professing to be an honorable con-artist and ends up nearly causing serious harm to Jacky whenever they cross paths.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Mam'selle Claudelle day Bourbon, of the New Orleans day Bourbons
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jacky is a little less than five feet as of The Wake Of The Lorelei Lee, and her constant companion Higgins is only described as "large."
- Idiot Ball: In Boston Jacky, both Jacky and Jamie seem to suffer from this. In Wild Rover No More, when Jacky thinks it's a good idea to send letters to her friends and tell them where she is when she is supposed to on the run from her own execution, this really approaches Too Dumb to Live territory.
- Improbable Age: In later books Jacky behaves and is treated like someone far older then she actually is.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Jacky. By the final book, Literal Fanservice.
- I Should Write a Book About This: When Jacky tells Amy her story, the opening lines sound exactly like those of the first book. Later on, we find out that Amy has published Jacky's adventures—implied to be the very books we are reading.
- Large Ham: Jacky, Mike Fink, Captain Laughton. Jacky herself seems to write these roles
- Lonely Rich Kid: In Bloody Jack, Jaimy is initially treated with suspicion by the other ships boys as he is the only one of them not fresh off the streets namely, is from a wealthy family, is well-dressed, well-fed, and has his own mess kit. While that doesnt last long, the isolation brought on by his financial privileges is a theme referenced frequently throughout the series, leading him to still doubt the tales that Jacky has told him about her former life.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Almost in Under The Jolly Roger.
- Married at Sea: Most of the crew and passengers of the Lorelei Lee, including Jacky and Higgins, temporarily.
- Mistaken for Gay: Jacky and the female crew of the Belle of the Golden West in Mississippi Jack.
- Mushroom Samba: Ensues in Viva Jacquelina after Jacky, alone and starving in the Spanish countryside, eats a strange orange fungus, and culminates in a long conversation with a bullfrog.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: "'Tis me, Arthur McBride, who's killing you. I want you to know on your way to hell that it was me who sent you there, you worthless piece of British crap."
- Never Say Never: Any time Jacky says she will not do something near the start of a book you can be sure it will happen before the end of the book.
- No One Could Survive That!: Jacky, nearly once per book.
- "No Peeking!" Request: After Jacky is taken prisoner in "Under the Jolly Roger", a Corporal gives her her clothes back and she asks him to turn around while she changes, and is mildly amused by his blushing as he does so.
- Not Quite Dead: In Book 6, Jacky's friends watch her get dragged out from their prison cell and guillotined—only it turns out they decapitated a girl who looked like her, instead. They don't find out till much later, though
- Official Couples: Jacky and Jaimy, despite his and her recurring slip-ups; Davy and Annie; Amy and Ezra; Mairead and Ian; and Katy and Lightfoot among others.
- Off with His Head!: Not surprising as the story is set not long after the French Revolution.
- Outdoor Bath Peeping: Richard Allen cheerfully spies on a naked Jacky in Mississippi Jack when shes out enjoying a swim with the girls of the Shawnee tribe. He has exactly zero shame in being discovered.
- Out with a Bang: Pushed to the edge by illness, the threat of imminent mutiny, and cannonballs crashing overhead, Captain Scroggs has a heart attack and dies before he's able to go through with his plan to rape Jacky.
- Panty Shot: Jacky and Poseidon seem to have a special relationship, much to her embarrassment, as an inevitable result of wearing a skirt on a windy deck.
- Happens in Bloody Jack as Jacky, in a rare moment as a girl, gets her skirts blown up by an errant breeze in full sight of her fellow ship's boys. The narrative is rather vague on whether or not Jacky was wearing drawers at the time.
- Pirates: The Dolphin, Jacky's first assignment, is a pirate hunter. Later, Jacky becomes a privateer but is made a wanted criminal because her Letter of Marque was canceled.:
- Platonic Prostitution: As the protagonist is a Sweet Polly Oliver in her early teens who hasn't had any older female confidantes in the past few years, she winds up hiring a prostitute once she's on shore leave to fill her in on what is going on with her body (because of course, she can't ask the ship's surgeon).
- Plucky Middie: Jacky epitomizes this trope, even when she doesn't actually hold the rank.
- Privateer: The Emerald, during the majority of Under the Jolly Roger.
- Public Domain Character: Freely mixed with the historical characters, most notably Mike Fink and the crew of the ''Pequod.''
- Puritan School Girls Rule: Jackie eventually learns to use "the look" of a Lawson Peabody girl to her advantage.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Jacky ties to use her fame in The Mark of the Golden Dragon, but the English sailors she talks to don't believe she is really Jacky Faber.
- Renamed the Same: When Jackie ends up working as spy undercover in a ballet in France and picks out a new name so the French don't figure out the legendary lady pirate Jackie Faber is within their boarders, she decides to go with Jacqueline and her fellow dancers quickly shorten it to Jackie.
- Sailor's Ponytail: Jacky initially cuts all of her hair off to pull off the Sweet Polly Oliver that gets the plot rolling, but is told by her captain to grow out her pigtail so that she will match the other ship's boys. Jacky complies, but frets that her long hair will make her look more girlish and thus betray her.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Jacky convinces the crew of the Bloodhound that the ship is haunted. She also uses a more serious version of this routine in Curse of the Blue Tattoo in order to drive Sinister Minister/ Reverend Mathers to admit to murder.
- The Admiral Benbow Inn shows up on occasion.
- Recurring character David Jones (Or perhaps, to his locker)
- Recurring lecherous coward Flashby.
- Mick and Keefe in In the Belly of the Bloodhound. Note the large lips, cockney accents, and leather-tanned skin.
- In My Bonny Light Horseman. Jacky and Jean-Paul go to a horse race where Jacky is mostly civil and ladylike until she lapses back into her cockney accent cheering on a losing horse.
- She also uses Jackie Kennedy Onassis' maiden name "Jaqueline Bouvier" as her French pseudonym.
- Ric's Café Americano is an obvious reference to Rick's Café Americain from Casablanca.
- Dr. Stephen Sebastian is an insect-collecting naval surgeon with ties to British intelligence.
- In the third book, Jacky sails back to England on a certain whaling ship with a Captain Ahab and a young man named Ishmael.
- Apparently Rooster Charlie was very tight with the Dodger.
- Jacky's friend Polly Von takes her name from an Irish ballad covered by, among others, Peter, Paul and Mary.
- The Lorelei Lee is named after the heroine of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (A lorelai is itself a mythical maiden, similar to a siren or mermaid, that proves dangerous to sailors.)
- In the ninth book, the group travels by Baskerville and hears the baying of a hound.
- Anyone familiar with the poem The Highwayman knows that Jacky doesn't need to worry about Jaimys affections for Bess.
- In Wild Rover No More, Jacky assumes the name Annabelle Leigh and ends up governess to a little boy named Edgar Allan Polk.
- Show Within a Show:
- Jacky frequently retells events from previous books to entertain others.
- She also writes a play in Mississippi Jack
- Brother Rabbit tales in The Rapture of the Deep
- Sinister Minister: Reverend Mather
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Subverted and Played Stright to make Joannie and Daniel a couple:
- Joannie is said to be about twelve at the start of Under the Jolly Rodger, and is still about twelve 2 years later in Rapture of The Deep.
- Daniel is eight or nine in Mississippi Jack and about twelve in Rapture of The Deep, even thought less then six months have passed.
- Someday This Will Come in Handy: Occurs frequently in every book, often functioning as the root of Jackys Crazy Preparedness. Jacky is particularly fond of mentioning lessons learned during her time in the Blackfriars Bridge gang, from the very useful (knowing how to cross the city unseen via the rooftops) to the seemingly pointless (knowing how to make baby footprints with the side of her fist).
- Star-Crossed Lovers: How many times now have Jacky and Jaimy come within hours of getting married, only to have their doorway to wedded bliss shut in their face, usually by Her Majesty's soldiers?
- Street Urchin: Jacky. A healthy number of side characters start out this way as well - Jim Tanner, Ravi, all but one of the ship's boys on the Dolphin, and Joannie, who is said to be very similar to Jacky in her Cheapside days.
- Survival Mantra: Ravi's "Happy puppy, happy puppy, happy puppy"
- Sweet Polly Oliver: How Jacky starts her adventures on the high seas.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: Jaimy finds himself "unnaturally attracted" to one of his fellow ship's boys and is on the verge of leaving the Navy until said ship's boy reveals herself to be a girl.
- Take Back Your Gift: In her typical dramatic fashion, Jacky hurls her promise ring at Jaimys feet at the beginning of Under the Jolly Roger when she discovers that he is cheating on her. As it turns out, the girl is only his cousin, and all of the grief Jacky goes through over the next several months as a result of the incident could have been avoided if shed just stopped to ask.
- A Taste of the Lash: Jacky's (second) worst nightmare as a ship's boy in Bloody Jack, as stripping for a lashing will reveal her true gender. Both Jacky and Clarissa get lashes in Book 4 and Jaimy takes his licks in book 8.
- The Social Expert: Jackie gradually becomes an expert at identifying key people and winning their sympathy. Put her aboard any ship, even in chains, and she'll soon have the whole lower decks rooting for her. She also learns when to play the Double Standard to her advantage.
- Title Drop: Amped up to eleven in In the Belly of the Bloodhound. Made even more noticeable in the audiobook version, whether by design or accident, as Kellgren tends to slow down and give it weight whenever she runs across it.
- Too Dumb to Live: Jacky in the last book. Not leaving the US while on the run from the US Government, and sending mail to her known associates telling them exactly where she is.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Jacky. Definitely Jacky.
- All of the girls of the Lawson Peabody in In the Belly of the Bloodhound, and in particular The Dianas, who took a blood oath to fight to the death rather than allow themselves to be sold into slavery.
- Uncle Tomfoolery: "Jerome", until he turns out to be a slaver. His antics were to fool the girls into thinking he was harmless.
- Unwanted Harem: There are a lot of guys (and two women) romantically interested in Jacky (not even counting the creepers), but she only wants Jaimy. She refers to her other suitors as "friends."
- Virgin Power: Despite it all, Jackie has managed to retain her virginity, which proves an effective defense against those who try to cast aspersions against her character, particularly Flashby.
- Virgin Tension: Nearly every book points out that Jacky still has her virginity—by having some attempt at taking it made. In the earlier books, this was usually Attempted Rape, but it can also be one of her many suitors (or even Jaimy) getting a little too frisky.
- Waif-Fu: Subverted. Jacky is regularly overpowered by men who are just physically strong. And never does well in sword fight, despite training and practice.
- War Is Glorious: Randall seems to think so, until he finally experiences it.
- War Is Hell: Jackie rarely escapes unscathed and always loses at least one person she cares about in every battle.
- Weddings for Everyone: The younger characters in the book pair up constantly, and there are many weddings throughout. The penultimate chapter in the last book hints at a triple wedding: Jacky & Jamie, Amy & Ezra, Randell & Polly
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the last few books Jacky's dependents don't even get a mention:
- The last mention of Daniel Prescott is in 'Viva Jacquelina.''
- Neither Ravi nor Joannie appear in Wild Rover No More.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Elspeth until her naivete results in her betraying Jacky and subsequently getting ostracized by the rest of the girls.
- Won the War, Lost the Peace: Higgins used this to explain to Jacky why Singapore changed hands so many times, as opposed to anyone actually governing it for an extended period.
- Wooden Ships and Iron Men: And one girl of pure brass!
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Luckily, that character disappeared quickly.
- Yo Yo Plot Point: Jackie's run-ins with the law, assaults on her virtue, and the Will They or Won't They? between her and Jaimy are re-hashed virtually every book.
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