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The Captain’s Papers

Thesupervisorstoodupstraightandstiffandtoldhisstorylikealesson;andyoushouldhaveseenhowthetwogentlemenleanedforwardandlookedateachother,andforgottosmokeintheirsurpriseandinterest.Whentheyheardhowmymotherwentbacktotheinn,Dr.Liveseyfairlyslappedhisthigh,andthesquirecried"Bravo!"andbrokehislongpipeagainstthegrate.Longbeforeitwasdone,Mr.Trelawney(that,youwillremember,wasthesquire’sname)hadgotupfromhisseatandwasstridingabouttheroom,andthedoctor,asiftohearthebetter,hadtakenoffhispowderedwigandsattherelookingverystrangeindeedwithhisownclose-croppedblackpoll.

AtlastMr.Dancefinishedthestory.

"Mr.Dance,"saidthesquire,"youareaverynoblefellow.Andasforridingdownthatblack,atrociousmiscreant,Iregarditasanactofvirtue,sir,likestampingonacockroach.ThisladHawkinsisatrump,Iperceive.Hawkins,willyouringthatbell?Mr.Dancemusthavesomeale."

"Andso,Jim,"saidthedoctor,"youhavethethingthattheywereafter,haveyou?"

"Hereitis,sir,"saidI,andgavehimtheoilskinpacket.

Thedoctorlookeditallover,asifhisfingerswereitchingtoopenit;butinsteadofdoingthat,heputitquietlyinthepocketofhiscoat.

"Squire,"saidhe,"whenDancehashadhisalehemust,ofcourse,beoffonhisMajesty’sservice;butImeantokeepJimHawkinsheretosleepatmyhouse,andwithyourpermission,Iproposeweshouldhaveupthecoldpieandlethimsup."

"Asyouwill,Livesey,"saidthesquire;"Hawkinshasearnedbetterthancoldpie."

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