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Cue for Treason

A mind-map on the story Cue for Treason by Geoffrey Trease.

Danielle Mac

on 27 May 2011

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Historical Charactors Conflict Greatest Escapes Courageous Acts Villains Additional Heroes Themes Settings Shakespeare Cue For Treason Person versus Person:
Peter vs. Sir Philip Morton

The issue between Peter and Sir Philip Morton started at the beginning of the book when Peter and his family and the other men were trying to take back the land that Sir Philip had stolen from them. Peter threw a rock at Sir Philip Morton to try and delay him from advancing and in return Sir Philip and his men fired back at him. He found out that it was Peter that threw the rock and since that night has been on Peter’s case trying to find him and make sure he is properly punished. (Page 22-24) Person versus Nature:
Peter vs. Weather

In Ullswater Peter was kidnapped and tied up, but he only had one guard. His guard was very trusting of Peter and because of this mistake Peter was able to free himself from the ropes trapping him and hit his guard, Duncan, hard enough for him to go into unconsciousness. Once Peter did this he tried to escape the island. He soon realized he was still a prisoner because then there was a loud clap of thunder, and a great wind came rushing down the lake, driving rain before it as sharp as pike points and churning the water into waves like the sea. He realized that no swimmer could face the quarter-mile crossing in a storm like that. Peter had to wait out the worst of the storm before he could swim, and even then he still had to battle the waves and the cold water. (Page 198) Person versus Society:
Sir Philip Morton vs. Cumberland

Ever since Peter can remember the meadows down in the valley, by the river have been common land. The land belonged to the Brownwiggs (Peter’s family), and the rest of the families who had farmed the area for the past century. But the summer before Sir Philip Morton inherited his grandfather’s estate, and a few years after he did he made the foolish mistake. He decided to put up a huge stone wall around the meadow that was common land and not his! After he did this everyone that lived in Cumberland despised him and was against him. For revenge Cumberland tore down his wall. (Page 16-17) Person versus Self:
Kit vs. Self

Kit is on a difficult mission- she’s a girl trying to convince everyone she is a boy. The reason Kit is pretending to be a boy is because she does not want to marry Sir Philip Morton. She is running away from him. She cannot tell people she is a boy though, because back then woman did not have freedom or respect like men do. Peter:

Peter’s final greatest escapes was in the beginning of the book when he had to run away from home. It was the night after he threw the rock at Sir Philip Morton in order to delay him and take back the land that was rightfully his. One day later he was on break at school and had gone to the lake for a swim with his friend Tim Moore, when George Bell came running towards them, saying that the master wanted him. Peter said that he can wait, but George said that he won’t, because they had his cap and there was a constable waiting for him. Peter quickly rode his pony, Nathaniel back to his house. He had less than an hour to say goodbye to everything he knew and ride out of Cumberland and escape to Keswick (Page 27-32). This is the fifth most suspenseful escape. Peter and Kit:

The fourth greatest escapes for Peter and Kit is when they went to Mr. Armthwaite’s house to report the suspected murder of the Queen. They wanted him to send an urgent code message to the Government for which the situation called. Mr. Armthwaite led them up to his office and they explained the situation. As Mr. Armthwaite was about to ring a bell for the servants to bring up writing utensils Kit yelled “If you touch that bell-cord […] you’ll get something that will upset you still more!” (Trease, 229). The reason she did this was because she suspected that Mr. Armthwaite wasn’t who he said he was- and she was right! He was actually on Sir Philips side and plotting to kill the Queen. They escaped out the window into his garden and left him locked in his office. They got out just in time, and rode out on his two fast mares. This is the fourth most suspenseful escape. Peter and Kit:

One of Peter and Kit’s greatest escapes is when they were captured by the Redhead and his friends. They stole Peter and Kit’s new horses and in order to keep Peter and Kit from reporting them to the cops they were going to throw them into a giant hole. Only a miracle could keep them alive. All of a sudden they heard Jack, one of the Redheads friends, shouting that a party of men were coming. They made a ride for it without killing Peter and Kit. The miracle had happened and they were able to run away into the safety of the forest- but the funny part was that the party of men riding towards them was Sir Philip Morton! This is the most suspenseful escape because I completely thought Peter and Kit were going to die or be seriously injured and I couldn’t stop reading because I wanted to see if they’d survive. But in the end they were able to escape! Peter and Kit:

The second greatest escape of Peter and Kit was when they were back at Peter’s house, after Peter had escaped from Ullswater. Sir Philip and his men were trying to search the house to find Peter. Sir Philip was trying to break into the house by breaking down the door. Peter and Kit had to squeeze through the little dairy window and escape to Mr. Bell’s stable to retrieve their horses and then ride on to tell the authorities about the Queen’s dilemma. This is the second most suspenseful escape because I was afraid that Sir Philip would somehow break into Peter’s house and kill his whole family! Peter:

Another one of Peter’s greatest escapes is when he was being held hostage at Ullswater. Duncan, Peter’s guard, was very trusting of Peter and let him have a bottle of wine to drink. While Duncan was trying to start a fire Peter used the glass to break his hands and feet free of the cord binding him. He then takes a rock and hits Duncan over the head with it. Duncan becomes unconscious and Peter ties the cord around his hands and feet. Peter then escapes from the island (once the storm passes) and swims across a quarter mile to ‘safer’ ground. This is the third most suspenseful escape because I thought that Sir Philip and the other bad guys might have shown up before Peter could escape and punish him or torture him. Peter:

One of Peter’s most courageous acts was after the yellow gentlemen ‘stole’ his script for the play. When the gentleman didn’t show up at the meeting place the next day to return the script Peter and Kit went to search for him. After a bit of searching they found him and stopped him on the street. The yellow gentlemen pretended not to know Peter. He kept denying it and denying it and wouldn’t give the script back. The man was yelling at Peter, but Peter didn’t back down and he held on to the bridal of the man’s horse so that he could not escape. But the gentleman was violent and cut Peter across the shoulders by whipping him with his whip. Peter held on but by then a crowd had gathered and pulled Peter away, throwing him into the gutter, saying he was lucky that he hadn’t been handed over to the Law for a thrashing. But what Peter had done was right and fair because the yellow gentlemen had taken advantage of him and lied to him. It was good that Peter stood up for himself. (Page 124-125). This is the fourth most courageous act. Peter:

Another one of Peter’s most courageous acts is when he went into the peel tower by himself to search for Tom Boyd after he hadn’t returned. Peter was risking his life because if someone bad was in the tower they could have killed him (which is what almost happened)! But Peter risked this because he wanted to make sure Tom was okay and save the Queen. This is the second most courageous acts because Peter wasn’t selfish and went to search for Tom to make sure he was safe. Kit:

One of Kit’s most courageous acts is when she dressed up as a boy and ran away from home. This takes a lot of courage because she could have been caught, recognized, injured, or killed. Also, since she ran away to get away from her soon to be husband Sir Philip Morton she could have been horribly punished if she were caught. This is the fifth most courageous act. Kit:

Another one of Kit’s most courageous acts is when Peter and Kit met the miners on Virgin Mind. Kit was able to get away on her horse but Peter wasn’t. Instead of going on and delivering their message to London like Peter told her to, she turned back to help save Peter. This is extremely courageous because Kit had the chance to escape but she turned back around for Peter because he was her friend and her partner. This is the most courageous act because Kit was being a good person, and rather than escaping herself she wasn’t selfish and went back for Peter. Peter and Kit:

Another one of Peter and Kit’s most courageous acts is when they snuck into the yellow gentleman’s house to steal back their script. Kit acts like a damsel in distress and distracts the people in the house while Peter scales the side of the building. Kit was courageous because she could have easily been caught, and Peter was extremely courageous because it takes a lot of guts to climb up a steep building when the only thing to hold on to is a few daggers that you placed yourself. They could have easily been recognized or noticed. This is the third most courageous act because both Peter and Kit were extremely brave. Sir Philip Morton:

Sir Philip Morton is considered to be a villain because of several reasons. First, he built walls around land that is not his, and would not give it back. Next, he wants to marry Kit, who is only about 14, for her inheritance. Finally, he makes his men try to capture Peter and Kit and kill Tom Boyd. Sir Philip Morton is the main antagonist in the novel Cue for Treason. A quote in the novel that makes the reader realize that he is evil is “there was surprise in his cold blue eyes” (Trease, 108) and “there’s something unearthly about that man [Sir Philip Morton]” (Trease, 135). Sir Philip Morton would be considered the worst villain in the novel because he was an overall cruel and unforgiving person. Yellow gentleman:

The yellow gentleman would be considered a villain in the novel. First, he acts all innocent and asks Peter if he could spare his copy of the Henry the Fifth script for the play. Peter couldn’t refuse and gave him a copy. After giving the copy he realizes that he is probably a playhouse pirate and will sell the play to someone else. Peter and Kit then try to unravel their mistake by asking for it back the next day when they see him on his horse in the street. The yellow gentleman doesn’t give the play back and pretends not to know Peter. He manipulates them, but Peter doesn’t give up on trying to get the script back. He deserves to be called the second worst villain in the novel because he lied to Peter and Kit, and he was one of Sir Philip’s partners in their plan to murder the Queen. Mr. Armthwaite:

Mr.Armthwaite would be considered a villain in the novel. First, he pretends he knows nothing about the script, the yellow gentleman, Sir Philip Morton, and the plot for killing the Queen. Kit gladly realizes that he is one of the bad guys and they quickly escape through the window in Mr. Armthwaite’s office. Peter and Kit came to him because they thought he could send the message to London to warn them about what is in plan for the Queen. He deserves to be called the third worst villain in the book because he was pretending not to know anything about Sir Philip and his plans but really was one of them. If Kit hadn’t realized that Mr. Armthwaite was part of Sir Philips crew he probably would have killed Peter and Kit. Red Head:

Another villain in the novel would be Redhead. First, he saw the horses that Peter and Kit had at the inn on their way to London. He thought that since they had very expensive horses they would be carrying lots of money and valuables. Redhead then blocked the road for Peter and Kit on the way to London, making them not able to pass through and continue their journey on their horses. Redhead and his crew scattered Peter and Kit’s money on the ground, tied their hands up, took their guns and weapons and was going to push them into a huge hole along the road. They stole Peter and Kits horses and rode off with them before pushing Peter and Kit into the hole because they heard people coming. Redhead deserves to be called the fourth worst villain because he took all of Peter and Kit’s supplies away from them. They were left out in the forest tired, scared and abandoned because of Redhead and his men. Tom Boyd:

Tom Boyd would definitely be a hero in the novel Cue for Treason. First, this is because he is a secret agent working for the Queen, who was sent by Robert Cecil. He was to help Peter and Kit figure out what Sir Philip and his men were up to. The bad guys wouldn’t recognize him because he looked like an ordinary, innocent man. Second, Tom Boyd went into the peel tower to get information on Sir Philip and his nasty plans. He was very brave and risked his life to save the Queen. He deserves to be called the most heroic person (other than Peter and Kit) because he was murdered in order for the Queen to survive. Mr. and Mrs. Desmond:

The Desmond’s deserve to have the title “hero.” First, they helped both Peter and Kit in multiple ways by helping them earn money and show off their talents. The Desmond’s helped Peter by giving him a job. Peter was hiding from Sir Philip in a prop coffin and when they found him in there they were kind enough to take him on as a boy actor. Later in the novel they take Kit as an actor too. Second, after Peter and Kit were almost thrown into a huge hole they ran into the Desmond’s and their crew. The crew helped Peter and Kit take care of Sir Philip by pretending to be a large group of marching people. They helped arrest Sir Philip and all of the other bad guys. They deserve to be called the second most heroic characters in the novel because they were overall very kind people who would do anything for the greater good. Shakespeare:

Shakespeare would be considered a hero in Cue for Treason. First, he stood up for Kit when Mr. Burbage was going to beat Kit for running away from her first performance. Kit explained that Sir Philip was in the audience and that she could not be seen looking like a girl in front of him. Shakespeare was very understanding and helped Peter and Kit showcase their talents in Shakespeare’s plays. If he hadn’t given them jobs as actors they would never have been able to stay in London and discover the plan against the Queen. Shakespeare deserves to be called the third most heroic character in the novel because he was a caring person. Sir Francis Bacon:

Sir Francis Bacon deserves the title hero in this novel. First, because he was the one who sent one of his secret agents, Tom Boyd, to go and investigate what was going on in Cumberland. Second, when Peter and Kit were trying to find information on Sir Philip they went to him because they trusted him. He deserves to be called the fourth most heroic character because he wasn’t like Sir Armthwaite, pretending to be good when he was actually bad. Shakespeare

Date of Birth: his actual date of birth is not certain because back then England births were not formally registered and birth certificates were not made, but the approximate date is April 1564.

Death Date: his actual death is not certain, either. It is believed that he died on April 23rd, 1616 (believed to be his 52nd birthday).

Main Accomplishments: Shakespeare wrote more than 37 plays and 154 sonnets (a formally structured poem with 14 lines). Shakespeare also invented words and a very lyrical language; some of his words are still being used today. He had a big influence on cultures throughout the world and his writing is still studied today. Sir Robert Cecil

Date of Birth: born on June 1st, 1563 in Westminster, Salisbury.

Death Date: died on May 24th, 1612 in St. Margaret’s Priory.

Main Accomplishments: Sir Robert Cecil had a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth and was knighted by her in May 1551. In 1596 he was officially appointed to Secretary of State, and in 1597 he became chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster. In 1605 Sir Robert was extensively involved in events surrounding the Gunpowder plot. Queen Elizabeth I

Date of Birth: born on September 7th, 1533.

Death Date: died on March 24th, 1603.

Main Accomplishments: Queen Elizabeth was Queen of England from November 17th, 1558 until her death and achieved an excellent reputation as a good and wise ruler who was truly loved by her people. Even when she was young she was a very gifted scholar and surrounded herself with highly intelligent and loyal advisors such as Sir Robert Cecil, who gave her sound political advice. A major accomplishment was defeating the Spanish Armada of 132 by the English fleet of 34 ships and 163 armed merchant vessels. Queen Elizabeth led England as a strong woman in what was very much a man’s world, and she did this with courage, intelligence, and loyalty to her friends. Sir Francis Bacon

Date of Birth: born on January 22nd, 1561 in Strand, London.

Death Date: died on April 9th, 1626 (age 65) in Highgate, London.

Main Accomplishments: Sir Francis Bacon was an English lawyer, historian, intellectual, reformer, philosopher, and champion of modern science. He was knighted in 1603, and he was then promoted to Solicitor General, Attorney General, and eventually Lord Chancellor (1618), but while serving as chancellor he was charged of bribery and forced to leave the office. From then on Sir Francis Bacon devoted himself to continuing literary, scientific, and philosophical work. 1. Throughout the novel Cue for Treason the moral “it is important to help others despite the risk to yourself” is evident. First, this is illustrated in the novel when Kit and Peter are back at Peter’s house in Cumberland with his family and are hiding from Sir Philip and his men. Peter and Kit are hiding in the house while his mom, dad, and brother try to force Sir Philip away from the house. Peter’s family risked themselves for Peter and Kit. Peter’s dad used bow and arrows to shoot at Sir Philip; Peter’s mom boiled water and poured it from above down on their heads; and Peter’s brother Tom was willing to risk himself by going outside and running for help from the neighbours. As well, the theme “it is important to help others despite the risk to yourself” is shown in the novel when Peter realizes that Kit is actually a girl disguised as a boy. Kit begs Peter to keep her secret so that she can continue making money in Desmond’s group. Peter decides that he will keep it a secret but knows that if anyone finds out he will be in trouble. Without Peter’s kindness and support Kit might have not been able to keep money. In addition, this theme is illustrated in the novel when Tom Boyd is sent to help Kit and Peter by Sir Francis Bacon. He risked his life for the Queen. He went into the peel tower to look for clues and hints on the suspected murder of the Queen, and he himself was murdered. In conclusion, you need to help others despite what may happen to you. 2. The theme “bravery, noble ideals and heroism inspire us and raises our spirits” is evident in the novel Cue for Treason. First, the whole town helps to bring down Sir Philip Morton’s wall. This is brave because they could all have gotten caught and severely punished. Next, Peter’s dad shoots arrows at Sir Philip Morton and his men to stop them from breaking into his house to find Peter. It shows courage because he could have died or if he was captured he would have been thrown in jail or charged for assault. Finally, Kit comes back to help Peter when he gets caught by the miners. This is brave because Kit is putting herself in a dangerous position. This raises our spirits and makes us think that even though you might be in a tricky situation you should always have hope. In conclusion, we must always be positive and therefore be brave and make the best of a situation. 3. The theme “good will always triumph in the end” is evident in the novel Cue for Treason. First, when Peter and Kit were travelling to London to save the Queen they were caught by some bad miners. The miners were about to kill Peter and Kit, but they were lucky and able to escape. Next, Peter and Kit captured the evil Sir Philip Morton and put him into jail. Finally, The Queen wasn’t killed and all the people involved in the plot to kill Queen Elizabeth are locked up or put to a death sentence, and all of the people that helped save her were rewarded. In conclusion, it is always good to be good because you will prosper in the end. 1. My first favourite setting is in chapter eight, when Peter and Kit were traveling to London to be a part of Shakespeare’s play. They rode through Dorchester. While riding through Dorchester the author Geoffrey Trease describes a beautiful and remarkable setting; “It was a fine morning, for the rain had given over at last, and the whole world looked as though it had been washed and then polished by the sun. We rode through Dorchester, I [Peter] remember, a place with a fine abbey church, and saw the high line of the Chilterns, red-gold with beech woods, stretched between the green meadows and the egg-pale sky.” (Treason, 87). This description is describing what Peter and Kit saw as they rode through Dorchester. They are describing what a great morning it was and what the landscape and sky looked like. This is one of my favourite settings because I love what the sky and grass looks like in the morning after a rain, because everything looks and feels so fresh and new! 2. My next favourite setting in is chapter eleven, when Peter got asked where he wants to end his days (live in the future). He thinks “of Blencathra under a blue satin sky, and Skiddaw Forest when the heather is new, and Derwetwater mirroring all the fells, and young larches standing out against a hillside sugared with snow…and a thousand such things […] Cumberland, please God!” (Treason, 119). This description is one of my favourite settings from the novel because it describes the different landscapes and why Peter would choose Cumberland to live in the future. He chose it because he imagined the beautiful sky, and forest, and hillside covered in snow, which is exactly where I want to live when I am older. 3. My final favourite setting is in chapter twenty-one, when Peter and Kit were making their way to London to save the Queen. The author describes the landscape as “this sun, which today was sparkling so beautifully and harmlessly on blue lake and white waterfall, would gleam then on cuirass and halberd, helmet and pike-point” (Trease, 238). This description is one of my favourite settings because I can picture it being sunny out and a waterfall with water pounding down and it flowing into a big, blue lake. It reminds me of my cottage in the summer, where the water is perfect and clean and clear. First, I learned that Shakespeare is a very kind-hearted man that cares about others. For example, he cared about Peter and Kit. When Peter and Kit made their way to London to be a part of the Elizabethan theater they were initially turned away from the theatre by Richard Burbage. But they then met William Shakespeare, who happily accepted them as apprentices. He recognized Kit’s tremendous acting ability and Peter’s gift of mimicry. Over the next few months they perform in many plays for Shakespeare. Another of example of why Shakespeare is a nice man is because when Mr. Burbage was about to hit Kit because she missed her first performance Shakespeare stuck up for Kit and stopped Mr. Burbage from beating her. Next, I learned that Shakespeare is very talented. For example, he wrote more than 37 plays and 154 sonnets (a formally structured poem with 14 lines). Shakespeare also created a very lyrical language, and some of the words he created are still being used today. Third, I learned that back then to go see a play you didn’t have to pay a lot of money. Plays weren’t very expansive. Spectators sat according to how much they paid. At the theatre, the stage was surrounded by three sides by the “pit”, in which “one-penny” spectators stood. Higher up there was seating for the “two-penny” spectators. The more money you paid the better seats you got. Next, I learned that the Queen loved plays! She especially enjoyed watching Shakespeare’s plays. She was happy while watching them and found them funny and well done. I know this because “several times I [Peter] made the Queen herself laugh right out loud” (Trease, 120). She enjoyed herself while watching the performances. They “hoped that with any luck [they’d] get a command to play before the Queen again” (Trease, 121). This is how I know the Queen loved seeing plays, because she always went back to watch more. Finally, from reading this novel I learned that back in Shakespeare’s time girls were not allowed to act, and boys had to play the female roles. I know this because this silly rule is why Kit was disguised as a boy. When Peter found out Kit was a boy she begged him to keep her secret because girls weren’t allowed to act. She pleaded her case by saying “whoever heard of a girl acting in the theatre? Perhaps I’m mean, coming along to take work away from boys.” Peter replied saying “why shouldn’t women act women’s parts?” Kit agreed, saying “Just what I said! It’s a stupid, old-fashioned idea, not letting them. Men are scared that women would act them off the boards if they were given the chance!” (Trease, 84). I do not find it fair that back then females were not allowed to act in the theatre, and I am happy that rule has changed now because I love to act! The End! Hope you liked it Mrs. Daniel-Kopp.
By: Danielle MacMillan
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