Ragged Dick

Ragged Dick is a fourteen-year-old bootblack in 19th century New York City. He smokes, drinks occasionally, and sleeps on the streets – but he is anxious “to turn over a new leaf, and try to grow up “respectable”. He won’t steal under any circumstances, and several gentlemen impressed with this virtue (and his determination to succeed) offer their aid. The tale follows “Ragged Dick” as he strives to rise to middle class respectability through sharpness, industry, and honesty.