Part 1: The Old Buccaneer

The Old Sea-dog at the Admiral Benbow

SquireTrelawney,Dr.Livesey,andtherestofthesegentlemen havingaskedmetowritedownthewholeparticularsaboutTreasureIsland, fromthebeginningtotheend,keepingnothingbackbutthebearingsoftheisland, andthatonlybecausethereisstilltreasurenotyetlifted, Itakeupmypenintheyearofgrace17 andgobacktothetimewhenmyfatherkepttheAdmiralBenbowinn andthebrownoldseamanwiththesabrecutfirsttookuphislodgingunderourroof. 

Irememberhimasifitwereyesterday, ashecameploddingtotheinndoor, hissea-chestfollowingbehindhiminahand-barrow atall,strong,heavy,nut-brownman, histarrypigtailfallingovertheshoulderofhissoiledbluecoat, hishandsraggedandscarred,withblack,brokennails, andthesabrecutacrossonecheek,adirty,lividwhite. Irememberhimlookingroundthecoverandwhistlingtohimselfashedidso, andthenbreakingoutinthatoldsea-song thathesangsooftenafterwards: 

"Fifteenmenonthedeadman’schest 

Yo-ho-ho,andabottleofrum!" 

inthehigh,oldtotteringvoicethatseemedtohavebeentunedandbrokenatthecapstanbars. Thenherappedonthedoorwithabitofsticklikeahandspikethathecarried, andwhenmyfatherappeared,calledroughlyforaglassofrum. This,whenitwasbroughttohim,hedrankslowly,likeaconnoisseur,lingeringonthetaste andstilllookingabouthimatthecliffsandupatoursignboard. 

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