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Powder and Arms

“Possibly,sir,youmaynotlikeyouremployer,either?”saysthesquire.

ButhereDr.Liveseycutin.

“Stayabit,”saidhe,“stayabit.Nouseofsuchquestionsasthatbuttoproduceillfeeling.Thecaptainhassaidtoomuchorhehassaidtoolittle,andI’mboundtosaythatIrequireanexplanationofhiswords.Youdon’t,yousay,likethiscruise.Now,why?”

“Iwasengaged,sir,onwhatwecallsealedorders,tosailthisshipforthatgentlemanwhereheshouldbidme,”saidthecaptain.“Sofarsogood.ButnowIfindthateverymanbeforethemastknowsmorethanIdo.Idon’tcallthatfair,now,doyou?”

“No,”saidDr.Livesey,“Idon’t.”

“Next,”saidthecaptain,“Ilearnwearegoingaftertreasurehearitfrommyownhands,mindyou.Now,treasureisticklishwork;Idon’tliketreasurevoyagesonanyaccount,andIdon’tlikethem,aboveall,whentheyaresecretandwhen(beggingyourpardon,Mr.Trelawney)thesecrethasbeentoldtotheparrot.”

“Silver’sparrot?”askedthesquire.

“It’sawayofspeaking,”saidthecaptain.“Blabbed,Imean.It’smybeliefneitherofyougentlemenknowwhatyouareabout,butI’lltellyoumywayofitlifeordeath,andacloserun.”

“Thatisallclear,and,Idaresay,trueenough,”repliedDr.Livesey.“Wetaketherisk,butwearenotsoignorantasyoubelieveus.Next,yousayyoudon’tlikethecrew.Aretheynotgoodseamen?”

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