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though greatly recovered, he was still I think we were all pleased to be so 50 in want of quiet. We laid her head cheaply quit of him. for the nearest port in Spanish Well, to make a long story short, America, for we could not risk the we got a few hands on board, made a voyage home without fresh hands; good cruise home, and the Hispaniola and as it was, what with baffling reached Bristol just as Mr. Blandly winds and a couple of fresh gales, was beginning to think of fitting out her
were all worn out before we consort. Five men only of those who reached it.
had sailed returned with her. "Drink 10 It was just at sundown when we and the devil had done for the rest,"
cast anchor in a most beautiful land- with a vengeance; although, to be 60 locked gulf, and were immediately sure, we were not quite in so bad a surrounded by shore boats full of as that other ship they sang negroes, and Mexican Indians, and about: half-bloods, selling fruits and vegetables, and offering to dive for bits
With one man of her crew alive,
What put to sea with seventy-five. of money. The sight of so many good-humored faces (especially the All of us had an ample share of the
blacks), the taste of the tropical treasure, and used it wisely or fool20 fruits, and above all, the lights that ishly, according to our natures. Cap
began to shine in the town, made a tain Smollett is now retired from the most charming contrast to our dark sea. Gray not only saved his money, 70 and bloody sojourn on the island; but, being suddenly smitten with the and the doctor and the squire, taking desire to rise, also studied his prome along with them, went ashore to fession; and he is now mate and part pass the early part of the night. owner of a fine full-rigged ship; marHere they met the captain of an Eng- ried besides, and the father of a lish man-of-war, fell in talk with him, family. As for Ben Gunn, he got a
went on board his ship, and, in short, thousand pounds, which he spent or 30 had so agreeable a time that day was lost in three weeks, or, to be more
breaking when we came alongside exact, in nineteen days, for he was the Hispaniola.
back begging on the twentieth. Then 80 Ben Gunn was on deck alone, and, he was given a lodge to keep, exactly
we came on board, he as he had feared upon the island; began, with wonderful contortions, and he still lives, a great favorite, to make us a confession. Silver was though something of a butt, with the gone. The maroon had connived at country boys, and a notable singer in his escape
in a shore-boat some hours church on Sundays and saints' days. ago, and he now assured us he had Of Silver we have heard no more. 40 only done so to preserve our lives, That formidable seafaring man with
which would certainly have been for- one leg has at last gone clean out of feit if “that man with the one leg my life; but I daresay he met his old 90 had stayed aboard.” But this was negress, and perhaps still lives in comnot all. The sea cook had not gone fort with her and Captain Flint. It empty-handed. He had cut through
He had cut through is to be hoped so, I suppose, for his a bulkhead unobserved, and had re- chances of comfort in another world moved one of the sacks of coin, worth,
small. perhaps, three or four hundred guineas, The bar silver and the arms still to help him on his further wanderings. lie, for all that I know, where Flint
as soon as
buried them; and certainly they shall when I hear the surf booming about lie there for me. Oxen and wain- its coasts, or start upright in bed, with ropes would not bring me back again the sharp voice of Captain Flint still to that accursed island; and the ringing in my ears: "Pieces of eight! worst dreams that ever I have are pieces of eight!”
NOTES AND QUESTIONS
1. In the introductory poem “To the Hesitating Purchaser," page 85, Stevenson mentions "sailor tales to sailor tunes”; what are some of the sailor tunes in this sailor tale? What is their purpose in the story? Judging other young people by yourself, which one of the two conditions described in the poem do you think holds true today? Can some rime ster in your class answer Stevenson in an eight-line stanza similar to his? You will enjoy hearing "Pirate Song" (Gilbert), sung by David Bispham, Columbia phonograph record.
2. Turn back to Part I and notice the various ways in which the readers' curiosity is aroused in "the seafaring man with one leg.” Discuss the character of Captain Silver. Do you dislike him as much as he deserves?
3. Imagining a scenario for Part VI, tell the incidents related to: the stockade; the cache; Ben Gunn's cave; on board the Hispaniola. Which picture is unforgetable?
Class Reading. The voice among the trees, Chapter XXXII.
THE STORY AS A WHOLE 1. . Prepare a report, giving in a brief paragraph the plot of Treasure Island as you would tell it to one who had not read the story.
2. Read again the quotation from Stevenson given on page 105. Do you think that Treasure Island meets the test of a true story as laid down by the author in this passage?
3. You read on page 79 that "Any great book is the expression of the innermost personality of its author"'; can you show a parallel between this story and its author?
4. In the Introduction to “The World of Adventure,” page 9, you read that “the first test of literature is its power to take us out of ourselves”; how does Treasure Island meet this test?
5. Compare this story about pirates' treasure with Poe's “The Gold Bug."
6. Make a list of stories and magazine articles you have read that deal with hidden treasures.
JAMES FENIMORE COOPER
As nothing could be seen likely to Through Solway sands, through Taross
interrupt the enjoyments and harmony
of such a day, the sisters descended to moss, Blindfold, he knew the paths to cross; the parlor, with a returning confidence By wily turns, by desperate bounds, in their brother's security and their Had baffled Percy's best bloodhounds.
own happiness. In Eske or Liddel, fords were none But he would ride them, one by one;
The family were early in assembling Alike to him was time or tide,
around the breakfast table; and Miss December's snow or July's pride;
Peyton, with a little of that minute Alike to him was tide or time,
precision which creeps into the habits 46 Moonless midnight or matin prime.
of single life, had pleasantly insisted --Walter Scott
that the absence of her nephew should All the members of the Wharton in no manner interfere with the regular family laid their heads on their pillows hours she had established; consequentthat night, with a foreboding of some ly, the party were already seated when interruption to their ordinary quiet. the Captain made his appearance; Uneasiness kept the sisters from en- though the untasted coffee sufficiently joying their usual repose, and they proved that by none of his relatives rose from their beds, on the following was his absence disregarded. morning, unrefreshed, and almost "I think I did much better,” he 50 without having closed their eyes. cried, taking a chair between his
On taking an eager and hasty survey sisters, and receiving their offered of the valley from the windows of salutes, “to secure a good bed and their room, nothing, however, but its such a plentiful breakfast, instead of usual serenity was to be seen. It was trusting to the hospitality of that reglittering with the opening brilliancy nowned corps, the Cowboys.” of one of those lovely, mild days which “If you could sleep,” said Sarah, occur about the time of the falling of "you
fortunate than the leaf; and which, by their frequency, Frances and myself; every murmur of class the American autumn with the the night air sounded to me like the 60
most delightful seasons of other approach of the rebel army." 20 countries. We have no spring; vege- “Why,” said the Captain, laughing,
tation seems to leap into existence, in- "I do acknowledge a little inquietude stead of creeping, as in the same lati- myself—but how was it with you?" tudes of the old world; but how grace- turning to his younger and evidently fully it retires! September, October, favorite sister, and tapping her cheek; even November and December, com- "did you see banners in the clouds, and pose the season for enjoyment in the mistake Miss Peyton's Æolian harp open air; they have their storms, but for rebellious music?” they are distinct, and not of long con- “Nay, Henry," rejoined the maid, 70
tinuance, leaving a clear atmosphere looking at him affectionately, "much 30 and a cloudless sky.
as I love my own country, the ap
proach of her troops just now would evident that matters of no trifling 50 give me great pain.'
concern were on the carpet. A short The brother made no reply; but re- communication with the loquacious turning the fondness expressed in her housekeeper followed the arrival of eye by a look of fraternal tenderness, the main body of the troop, and the he gently pressed her hand in silence; advanced party remounting, the whole when Cæsar, who had participated . moved toward the Locusts with great largely in the anxiety of the family, speed.
and who had risen with the dawn, and As yet none of the family had suffi10 kept a vigilant watch on the surround- cient presence of mind to devise any
ing objects, as he stood gazing from means of security for Captain Whar- 60 one of the windows, exclaimed with a ton; but the danger now became too face that approached to something pressing to admit of longer delay, and like the hues of a white man,
various means of secreting him were “Run-Massa Harry-run-if he hastily proposed; but they were all love old Cæsarrun-here come haughtily rejected by the young man, rebel horse."
as unworthy of his character. It was "Run!” repeated the British officer, too late to retreat to the woods in the gathering himself up in military pride; rear of the cottage, for he would un20 "no, Mr. Cæsar, running is not my avoidably be seen, and, followed by a
trade.” While speaking, he walked troop of horse, as inevitably taken. deliberately to the window, where the At length his sisters, with trembling family were already collected in the hands, replaced his original disguise, greatest consternation.
the instruments of which had been At the distance of more than a mile, carefully kept at hand by Cæsar, in about fifty dragoons were to be seen, expectation of some sudden emergency. winding down one of the lateral en- This arrangement was hastily and trances of the valley. In advance with imperfectly completed, as the dragoons
an officer was a man attired in the entered the lawn and orchard of the 30 dress of a countryman, who pointed in Locusts, riding with the rapidity of
the direction of the cottage. A small the wind; and in their turn the 80 party now left the main body, and Whartons were surrounded. moved rapidly toward the object of Nothing remained now but to meet their destination.
the impending examination with as On reaching the road which led much indifference as the family could through the bottom of the valley, they assume. The leader of the horse disturned their horses' heads to the north. mounted, and, followed by a couple of The Whartons continued chained in his men, he approached the outer door
breathless silence to the spot, watch- of the building, which was slowly and 10 ing their movements, when the party, reluctantly opened for his admission
having reached the dwelling of Birch, by Cæsar. The heavy tread of the 90 made a rapid circle around his grounds, trooper, as he followed the black to and in an instant his house was sur- the door of the parlor, rang in the ears rounded by a dozen sentinels.
of the females as it approached nearer Two or three of the dragoons now and nearer, and drove the blood from dismounted and disappeared; in a few their faces to their hearts, with a chill minutes, however, they returned to that nearly annihilated feeling. the yard, followed by Katy, from A man, whose colossal stature maniwhose violent gesticulations it was fested the possession of vast strength,
entered the room, and removing his "I fancied it then, from seeing you 50 cap, he saluted the family with a mild- had covered such handsome black ness his appearance did not indicate locks with that ugly old wig; it was as belonging to his nature. His dark my mistake, you will please to pardon hair hung around his brow in profusion, it.” though stained with the powder which Mr. Wharton groaned aloud; but was worn at that day, and his face the ladies, ignorant of the extent of was nearly hid in the whiskers by their visitor's knowledge, remained in
which it was disfigured. Still, the ex- trembling, yet rigid, silence. The 10 pression of his eye, though piercing, Captain himself moved his hand in
was not bad, and his voice, though voluntarily to his head, and discovered 60 deep and powerful, was far from un- that the trepidation of his sisters had pleasant. Frances ventured to throw left some of his natural hair exposed. a timid glance at his figure as he The dragoon watched the movement entered, and saw at once the man from with a continued smile, when, seeming whose scrutiny Harvey Birch had to recollect himself, turning to the warned them there was so much to father, he proceeded, be apprehended.
“Then, sir, I am to understand there “You have no cause for alarm, has not been a Mr. Harper here 20 ladies,” said the officer, pausing a within the week."
moment, and contemplating the pale "Mr. Harper," echoed the other, 70 faces around him-“my business will feeling a load removed from his heart be confined to a few questions, which, -"yes, I had forgotten; but he is if freely answered, will instantly re- gone; and if there be anything wrong move us from your dwelling."
in his character, we are in entire igno“And what may they be, sir?” rance of it—to me he was a total stammered Mr. Wharton, rising from stranger. his chair, and waiting anxiously for “You have but little to apprehend the reply.
from his character," answered the “Has there been a strange gentle- dragoon dryly; "but he is gone-howman staying with you during the when and whither?” storm?" continued the dragoon, speak- "He departed as he arrived," said ing with interest, and in some degree Mr. Wharton, gathering renewed consharing in the evident anxiety of the fidence from the manner of the trooper; father.
“on horseback, last evening, and he “This gentleman-here-favored us took the northern road." with his company during the rain, and The officer listened to him with inhas not yet departed."
tense interest, his countenance gradu“This gentleman!” repeated the ally lighting into a smile of pleasure; 40 other, turning to Captain Wharton, and the instant Mr. Wharton con
and contemplating his figure for a cluded his laconic reply, he turned on 90 moment, until the anxiety of his coun- his heel and left the apartment. The tenance gave place to a lurking smile. Whartons, judging from his manner, He approached the youth with an air thought he was about to proceed in of comic gravity, and with a low bow, quest of the object of his inquiries. continued—“I am sorry for the severe They observed the dragoon, on gaincold you have in your head, sir." ing the lawn, in earnest, and appar
"I," exclaimed the Captain, in sur- ently pleased, conversation with his prise; "I have no cold in my head." two subalterns. In a few moments