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Cue for Treason- Chapter 13-

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Cue for Treason- Chapter 13-
The Clue of the Sonnet

The Clue of the Sonnet- Summary
After Peter and Kit discovered the yellow gentleman's sonnet at the back of Peter's recovered script, they read it and decided that there was something peculiar about it. They contemplated turning to Shakespeare for guidance, however they decided to call on a Cumberland- born man who is currently in the Queen's service, Sir Joseph Williams. The kids avoided Shakespeare to escape having to confess that they sold his script. Succeeding their first visit to Sir Joe William's house, he scheduled them for a top-secret meeting at Sir Robert Cecil's house with Sir Francis Bacon and himself. The meeting concluded with the discovery of the meaning of the sonnet, to call to Sir Philip's peel in Cumberland to develop their conspiracy. Finally, the Secret Service members decided to investigate, using Peter.
Sonnet- In this historical time, it was not unusual for British people to write sonnets, or poems to friends to celebrate birthdays or other special occasions. In this case, the sonnet was used to send a secret message, if only one could decipher it.
Literary Devices
Idiom- On page 141 peter said "I smell a rat".
Simile- 'plain as a pikestaff' (page 142)
Imagery- 'Sir Joseph was sitting before a blazing fire of sea coal, for the day was chilly. His long face, lolling against the high chair back, was warm and merry as the dancing flames.' (page 145-146)
Content Questions
Connection to today's youth culture
In this chapter, Peter and Kit decide that they need to consult an adult, a person in authority about the sonnet. Youth today are getting more and more independent. We need to remember that if we have something that we want to talk about, there will always be someone to help you. Also, in this case, the information that Peter and Kit had is significant. If there is information that youth have knowledge about, they should tell someone in authority, because it might be difficult to handle themselves.
The Sonnet
"Since words and wit are weak in friendship's need,
Even to say a tithe of that I would,
Now bend a penetrating eye and read,
Divining how I'd greet thee if I could.
No golden voice I have to sing thy praise;
Eloquence is not mine; I lack the tongue
Worthy to celebrate theses happy days,
Singing their glory as it should be sung.
But 'tis the meaning matters, not the form,
Y-wis, the thought behind is more than face.
Proserpina herself is not more warm,
Even when dusky Pluto's fond embrace
Enfolds her, than these wishes that I send ,
Love-charged, to hail the birthday of my friend."

Historical References
Peel- A peel is a tower that was historically used as lodging for English households in the times that there was risk of invasion (mostly by the Scottish and the Spanish). Peel towers were very solid and had no door, but traditionally a rope ladder was tossed down from an upper window to enter the living space.
1. Explain how Sir Francis Bacon deciphered the code of the sonnet.
Sir Francis Bacon deciphered the code of the sonnet because of the word "y-wis". He decided that Sir David Vicars only used this word (instead of certainly or truly) to create a code in the sonnet. Then, Sir Francis Bacon observed that the first letter of each phrase together spelled "SENDNEWSBYPEEL", which was the intended message.
2. What was the significance of this message?
After multiple discussions about sending messages in fruit peels, or in peals of bells, Peter realized that the 26 recipients of this sonnet were to send information to, or to meet at Sir Philip Morton's peel tower in Cumberland.
3. Name the trusted people that Peter and Kit met with to discuss the sonnet.
Peter and Kit met with Sir Joseph Williams (a fellow Cumberland man, very successful and currently in the Queen's Secret Service), Sir Robert Cecil (head of the Secret Service) and Sir Francis Bacon (cousin of Sir Robert Cecil, and skilled at deciphering).
4. What must they do now that they know about the peel?
The members of the Queen's Secret Service are sending Peter back to Cumberland to investigate their assumption.
5. Why didn't Peter and Kit want to talk to Shakespeare about the sonnet?
They did not want to talk to Shakespeare about the sonnet because although he was a very trusted source, telling him would involve confessing that they had accidentally sold his play.
6. Why do you think the poem was poorly written?
I think that the sonnet was poorly written because Sir David Vicars did not care about the message in the writing, but the code message. the only way he could make the code make sense was to poorly write the sonnet.
7. Make a prediction about what you think the conspiracy is about and why.
I think that they want to kill the Queen. I know because there were details about how it was a common goal for most rebels to plot the Queen's murder.
modest- having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance
Synonyms- shy, quiet
embrace- to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly
Synonyms- hug, cherish, keep
farthing- something of very small value
Synonyms- penny, money, coin
crestfallen- dejected; dispirited; discouraged
manuscript- the original text of an author's work, handwritten or now usually typed, that is submitted to a publisher
Synonyms- article, document, composition
deposition- removal from an office or position.
Synonyms- overthrow, remove
damsel- a young woman or girl; a maiden, originally one of gentle or noble birth.
Synonyms- lady, girl, woman
tumult- violent and noisy commotion or disturbance of a crowd or mob; uproar
Synonyms- agitation, disorder, riot
quill- a feather, as of a goose, formed into a pen for writing.
Synonyms- pen, plumage, plume
Peel Tower Image

Cue for Treason novel by Geoffery Trease
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