Part 5: My Sea Adventure

How My Sea Adventure Began

Therewasnoreturnofthemutineersnotsomuchasanothershotoutofthewoods.Theyhad“gottheirrationsforthatday,”asthecaptainputit,andwehadtheplacetoourselvesandaquiettimetooverhaulthewoundedandgetdinner.SquireandIcookedoutsideinspiteofthedanger,andevenoutsidewecouldhardlytellwhatwewereat,forhorroroftheloudgroansthatreachedusfromthedoctor’spatients.

Outoftheeightmenwhohadfallenintheaction,onlythreestillbreathedthatoneofthepirateswhohadbeenshotattheloophole,Hunter,andCaptainSmollett;andofthese,thefirsttwowereasgoodasdead;themutineerindeeddiedunderthedoctor’sknife,andHunter,dowhatwecould,neverrecoveredconsciousnessinthisworld.Helingeredallday,breathingloudlyliketheoldbuccaneerathomeinhisapoplecticfit,butthebonesofhischesthadbeencrushedbytheblowandhisskullfracturedinfalling,andsometimeinthefollowingnight,withoutsignorsound,hewenttohisMaker.

Asforthecaptain,hiswoundsweregrievousindeed,butnotdangerous.Noorganwasfatallyinjured.Anderson’sballforitwasJobthatshothimfirsthadbrokenhisshoulder-bladeandtouchedthelung,notbadly;thesecondhadonlytornanddisplacedsomemusclesinthecalf.Hewassuretorecover,thedoctorsaid,butinthemeantime,andforweekstocome,hemustnotwalknormovehisarm,norsomuchasspeakwhenhecouldhelpit.

Myownaccidentalcutacrosstheknuckleswasaflea-bite.DoctorLiveseypatcheditupwithplasterandpulledmyearsformeintothebargain.

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