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They spoke together for a little, and “Now, Hawkins,” said the squire, 50 though none of them started, or raised “you have something to say. Speak his voice, or so much as whistled, it up." plain enough that Dr. Livesey had I did as I was bid, and, short as I communicated my request; for the could make it, told the whole details next thing that I heard was the captain of Silver's conversation. Nobody ingiving an order to Job Anderson, and terrupted me till I was done, nor did all hands were piped on deck.

any one of the three of them make so “My lads,” said Captain Smollett, much as a movement, but they kept 10 "I've a word to say to you. This their eyes upon my face from first to

land that we have sighted is the place last. we have been sailing for. Mr. Tre- "Jim,” said Dr. Livesey, "take a lawney, being a very open-handed seat.” gentleman, as we all know, has just And they made me sit down at the asked me a word or two, and as I was table beside them, poured me out a able to tell him that every man on glass of wine, filled my hands with board had done his duty, alow an' raisins, and all three, one after the aloft, as I never ask to see it done other, and each with a bow, drank

better, why, he and I and the doctor my good health, and their service to 20 are going below to the cabin to drink


luck and courage. your health and luck, and you'll have “Now, captain,” said the squire, 70 grog served out for you to drink our "you were right, and I was wrong. health and luck. I'll tell you what I own myself an ass, and I await your I think of this: I think it handsome. orders.” And if you think as I do, you'll give “No more an ass than I, sir," rea good sea cheer for the gentleman that turned the captain. "I never heard does it.”

of a crew that meant to mutiny but The cheer followed—that was what showed signs before, for any matter of course; but it rang out so man that had an eye in his head to 30 full and hearty that I confess I could see the mischief and take steps ac

hardly believe these same men were cording. But this crew," he added, 80 plotting for our blood.

“beats me.” “One more cheer for Cap'n Smol- “Captain,” said the doctor, "with lett,” cried Long John, when the first your permission, that's Silver. A very had subsided.

remarkable man.” And this also was given with a will. “He'd look remarkably well from a

On the top of that the three gentle- yardarm, sir,” returned the captain. men went below, and not long after, “But this is talk; this don't lead to

word was sent forward that Jim anything. I see three or four points, 40 Hawkins was wanted in the cabin. and with Mr. Trelawney's permission,

I found them all three seated round I'll name them.” the table, a bottle of Spanish wine "You, sir, are the captain. It is and some raisins before them, and the for you to speak,” says Mr. Trelawney, doctor smoking away, with his wig grandly. on his lap, and that, I knew, was a “First point,” began Mr. Smollett. sign that he was agitated. The stern “We must go on, because we can't window was open, for it was a warm turn back. If I gave the word to go night, and you could see the moon about, they would rise at shining behind on the ship’s wake.


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85. from a yardarm, the captain suggests hanging.





Second point, we have time before us “Well, gentlemen," said the cap—at least, until this treasure's found. tain, “the best that I can say is not Third point, there are faithful hands. much. We must lay to, if you please, 30 Now, sir, it's got to come to blows and keep a bright lookout. It's trying sooner or later; and what I propose a man, I know. It would be is, to take time by the forelock, as the pleasanter to come to blows. But saying is, and come to blows some fine there's no help for it till we know our day when they least expect it. We

Lay to, and whistle for a wind, can count, I take it, on your own that's my view." 10 home servants, Mr. Trelawney?” “Jim here," said the doctor, “can

“As upon myself,” declared the help us more than anyone. The men squire.

are not shy with him, and Jim is a "Three,” reckoned the captain, noticing lad.” “ourselves make

seven, counting "Hawkins, I put prodigious faith Hawkins here. Now, about the hon- in you,” added the squire. est hands?"

I began to feel pretty desperate at "Most likely Trelawney's

this, for I felt altogether helpless; men," said the doctor; "those he and yet, by an odd train of circum

had picked up for himself, before he stances, it was indeed through me 20 liton Silver.” “Nay," replied the that safety came. squire, “Hands was one of mine." In the meantime, talk as we pleased,

“I did think I could have trusted there were only seven out of the Hands," added the captain.

twenty-six on whom we knew we 50 "And to think that they're all could rely; and out of these seven Englishmen!" broke out the squire. one was a boy, so that the grown “Sir, I could find it in my heart to

our side were six to their blow the ship up.”



men on


1. On the walk along the quays Jim Hawkins learned many a nautical phrase from John Silver; what ones have you learned from reading this story? What other names are applied to Silver?

2. What is our first hint that the crew of the Hispaniola is not composed entirely of honest men? Give your reasons for thinking that Captain Smollett was justified in his uneasiness. What incident explains all the mysterious hints we have had so far?

3. In writing a scenario for Treasure Island mention the incidents that took place: At the Hall; In Bristol; On board the Hispaniola. Which incidents would be especially effective on the screen? Would the incident of the apple barrel be as strong in a scenario as in the story?

Class Reading. Jim and John Silver, Chapter VIII. Bring to class and read, “A Ballad of John Silver,” Masefield (in Salt-Water Ballads).





melancholy woods, and wild stone

spires, and the surf that we could How My SHORE ADVENTURE BEGAN

both see and hear foaming and The appearance of the island when thundering on the steep beach-at I came on deck next morning was least, although the sun shone bright altogether changed. Although the and hot, and the shore birds were breeze had now utterly ceased, we fishing and crying all around us, and had made a great deal of way during you would have

would have thought anyone 50 the night, and were now lying be- would have been glad to get to land calmed about half a mile to the south- after being so long at sea, my heart east of the low eastern coast. Gray- sank, as the saying is, into my boots;

colored woods covered a large part of and from that first look onward, I 10 the surface. This even tint was in- hated the very thought of Treasure

deed broken up by streaks of yellow Island. sandbreak in the lower lands, and by We had a dreary morning's work many tall trees of the pine family, before us, for there was no sign of out-topping the others-some singly, any wind, and the boats had to be some in clumps; but the general color- got out and manned, and the ship 60 ing was uniform and sad. The hills warped three or four miles round the ran up clear above the vegetation in corner of the island, and up the spires of naked rock. All

narrow passage to the haven behind strangely shaped, and the Spyglass, Skeleton Island. I volunteered for 20 which was by three or four hundred one of the boats, where I had, of

feet the tallest on the island, was course, no business. The heat was likewise the strangest in configura- sweltering, and the men grumbled tion, running up sheer from almost fiercely over their work. Anderson every side, and then suddenly cut off was in command of my boat, and at the top like a pedestal to put a instead of keeping the crew in order, 70 statue on.

he grumbled as loud as the worst. The Hispaniola was rolling scup- "Well,” he said, with an oath, “it's pers under in the ocean swell. The not forever.”

booms were tearing at the blocks, the I thought this was a very bad sign; 30 rudder was banging to and fro, and for, up to that day, the men had

the whole ship creaking, groaning, and gone briskly and willingly about their jumping like a manufactory. I had business; but the very sight of the to cling tight to the backstay, and the island had relaxed the cords of disworld turned giddily before my eyes; cipline. for though I was a good enough sailor All the way in, Long John stood 80 when there was way on, this standing by the steersman and conned the still and being rolled about like a ship. He knew the passage like the bottle was a thing I never learned to palm of his hand; and though the

stand without a qualm or so, above all man in the chains got everywhere 40 in the morning, on an empty stomach. more water than was down in the

Perhaps it was this perhaps it was chart, John never hesitated once. the look of the island, with its gray, “There's a strong scour with the

ebb,” he said, "and this here passage est order was received with a black 50 has been dug out, in a manner of look, and grudgingly and carelessly speaking, with a spade.”

obeyed. Even the honest hands must We brought up just where the have caught the infection, for there anchor was in the chart, about a was not one man aboard to mend anthird of a mile from each shore, the other. Mutiny, it was plain, hung mainland on one side, and Skeleton over us like a thundercloud. Island on the other. The bottom was And it was not only we of the

clean sand. The plunge of our anchor cabin party who perceived the danger. 10 sent up clouds of birds wheeling and Long John was hard at work going

crying over the woods; but in less from group to group, spending him- 60 than a minute they were down again, self in good advice, and as for example and all was once more silent.

no man could have shown a better. The place was entirely landlocked, He fairly outstripped himself in willburied in woods, the trees coming ingness and civility; he was all smiles right down to high-water mark, the to everyone. If an order were given, shores mostly flat, and the hilltops John would be on his crutch in an standing round at a distance in a sort instant, with the cheeriest "Aye, aye,

of amphitheater, one here, one there. sir!" in the world; and when there 20 Two little rivers, or, rather, two was nothing else to do, he kept up

swamps, emptied out into this pond, one song after another, as if to conceal 70 as you might call it; and the foliage the discontent of the rest. round that part of the shore had a Of all the gloomy features of that kind of poisonous brightness. From gloomy afternoon, this obvious anxiety the ship, we could see nothing of the on the part of Long John appeared the house or stockade, for they were quite worst. buried among trees; and if it had not We held a council in the cabin. been for the chart on the companion, “Sir,” said the captain, “if I risk

we might have been the first that had another order the whole ship'll come 30 ever anchored there since the island about our ears by the run. arose out of the seas.

sir, here it is. I get a rough answer, 80 There was not a breath of air do I not? Well, if I speak back, moving, nor a sound but that of the pikes will be going in two shakes; surf booming half a mile away along if I don't, Silver will see there's the beaches and against the rocks something under that, and the game's outside. A peculiar stagnant smell up. Now, we've only one man to hung over the anchorage-a smell of rely on." sodden leaves and rotting tree trunks. "And who is that?" asked the I observed the doctor sniffing and squire.

. 40 sniffing, like someone tasting a bad "Silver, sir," returned the captain; egg

"he's as anxious as you and I to 90 “I don't know about treasure,” he smother things up. This is a tiff; said, "but I'll stake my wig there's he'd soon talk 'em out of it if he had fever here."

the chance, and what I propose to If the conduct of the men had been do is to give him the chance. Let's alarming in the boat, it became truly allow the men an afternoon ashore. threatening when they had If they all go, why, we'll fight the aboard. They lay about the deck ship. If they none of them go, well, growling together in talk. The slight then, we hold the cabin, and God

You see,



defend the right. If some go, you other to take a ship and murder a 50 mark my words, sir, Silver'll bring number of innocent men. 'em aboard again as mild as lambs." At last, however, the party was

It was so decided; loaded pistols made up. Six fellows were to stay were served out to all the sure men; on board, and the remaining thirteen, Hunter, Joyce, and Redruth were including Silver, began to embark. taken into our confidence, and received Then it was that there came into the news with less surprise and a better my head the first of the mad notions

spirit than we had looked for, and then that contributed so much to save our 10 the captain went on deck and ad- lives. If six men were left by Silver, dressed the crew.

it was plain our party could not take 60 "My lads,” said he, "we've had a and fight the ship; and since only hot day, and are all tired and out of six were left, it was equally plain sorts. A turn ashore'll hurt nobody- that the cabin party had no present the boats are still in the water; you need of my assistance. It occurred can take the gigs, and as many as to me at once to go ashore. In a please can go ashore for the afternoon. jiffy I had slipped over the side, and I'll fire a gun half an hour before curled up in the foresheets of the sundown."

nearest boat; and almost at the same I believe the silly fellows must have moment she shoved off. thought they would break their shins No one took notice of me, only the 70 over treasure as soon as they were bow oar saying, “Is that you, Jim? landed; for they all came out of their Keep your head down." But Silver, sulks in a moment, and gave a cheer from the other boat, looked sharply that started the echo in a far-away over and called out to know if that hill, and sent the birds once

were me; and from that moment I flying and squalling round the an- began to regret what I had done. chorage.

The crews raced for the beach; The captain was too bright to be but the boat I was in, having some 30 in the way. He whipped out of sight start, and being at once the lighter

in a moment, leaving Silver to arrange and the better manned, shot far so the party; and I fancy it was as well ahead of her consort, and the bow he did so.

Had he been on deck, he had struck among the shore-side trees, could no longer so much as have and I had caught a branch and swung pretended not to understand the

to understand the myself out, and plunged into the situation. It was as plain as day. nearest thicket, while Silver and the Silver was the captain, and a mighty rest were still a hundred yards behind. rebellious crew he had of it. The “Jim, Jim!" I heard him shouting.

honest hands—and I was soon to see But you may suppose I paid no 40 it proved that there were such on heed; jumping, ducking, and breaking

board-must have been very stupid through, I ran straight before my 90 fellows. Or, rather, I suppose the nose, till I could run no longer. truth was this, that all hands were disaffected by the example of the

CHAPTER XIV ringleaders-only some more, less; and a few, being good fellows

THE FIRST Blow in the main, could neither be led nor I was so pleased at having given driven any further. It is one thing the slip to Long John that I began to to be idle and skulk, and quite an- enjoy myself and look around me



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