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The Sea-chest

Myheartwasbeatingfinelywhenwetwosetforthinthecoldnightuponthisdangerousventure.Afullmoonwasbeginningtoriseandpeeredredlythroughtheupperedgesofthefog,andthisincreasedourhaste,foritwasplain,beforewecameforthagain,thatallwouldbeasbrightasday,andourdepartureexposedtotheeyesofanywatchers.Weslippedalongthehedges,noiselessandswift,nordidweseeorhearanythingtoincreaseourterrors,till,toourrelief,thedooroftheAdmiralBenbowhadclosedbehindus.

Islippedtheboltatonce,andwestoodandpantedforamomentinthedark,aloneinthehousewiththedeadcaptain’sbody.Thenmymothergotacandleinthebar,andholdingeachother’shands,weadvancedintotheparlour.Helayaswehadlefthim,onhisback,withhiseyesopenandonearmstretchedout.

"Drawdowntheblind,Jim,"whisperedmymother;"theymightcomeandwatchoutside.Andnow,"saidshewhenIhaddoneso,"wehavetogetthekeyoffthat;andwho’stotouchit,Ishouldliketoknow!"andshegaveakindofsobasshesaidthewords.

Iwentdownonmykneesatonce.Onthefloorclosetohishandtherewasalittleroundofpaper,blackenedontheoneside.IcouldnotdoubtthatthiswastheBlackSpot;andtakingitup,Ifoundwrittenontheotherside,inaverygood,clearhand,thisshortmessage:"Youhavetilltentonight."

"Hehadtillten,Mother,"saidI;andjustasIsaidit,ouroldclockbeganstriking.Thissuddennoisestartledusshockingly;butthenewswasgood,foritwasonlysix.

"Now,Jim,"shesaid,"thatkey."

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