The Stockade

Narrative Continued by the Doctor: How the Ship Was Abandoned

ItwasabouthalfpastonethreebellsintheseaphrasethatthetwoboatswentashorefromtheHispaniola.Thecaptain,thesquire,andIweretalkingmattersoverinthecabin.Hadtherebeenabreathofwind,weshouldhavefallenonthesixmutineerswhowereleftaboardwithus,slippedourcable,andawaytosea.Butthewindwaswanting;andtocompleteourhelplessness,downcameHunterwiththenewsthatJimHawkinshadslippedintoaboatandwasgoneashorewiththerest.

ItneveroccurredtoustodoubtJimHawkins,butwewerealarmedforhissafety.Withthemeninthetempertheywerein,itseemedanevenchanceifweshouldseetheladagain.Weranondeck.Thepitchwasbubblingintheseams;thenastystenchoftheplaceturnedmesick;ifeveramansmeltfeveranddysentery,itwasinthatabominableanchorage.Thesixscoundrelsweresittinggrumblingunderasailintheforecastle;ashorewecouldseethegigsmadefastandamansittingineach,hardbywheretheriverrunsin.Oneofthemwaswhistling“Lillibullero.”

Waitingwasastrain,anditwasdecidedthatHunterandIshouldgoashorewiththejolly-boatinquestofinformation.

Thegigshadleanedtotheirright,butHunterandIpulledstraightin,inthedirectionofthestockadeuponthechart.Thetwowhowereleftguardingtheirboatsseemedinabustleatourappearance;“Lillibullero”stoppedoff,andIcouldseethepairdiscussingwhattheyoughttodo.HadtheygoneandtoldSilver,allmighthaveturnedoutdifferently;buttheyhadtheirorders,Isuppose,anddecidedtositquietlywheretheywereandharkbackagainto“Lillibullero.”

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