Part 3: My Shore Adventure

How My Shore Adventure Began

TheappearanceoftheislandwhenIcameondecknextmorningwasaltogetherchanged.Althoughthebreezehadnowutterlyceased,wehadmadeagreatdealofwayduringthenightandwerenowlyingbecalmedabouthalfamiletothesouth-eastoftheloweasterncoast.Grey-colouredwoodscoveredalargepartofthesurface.Thiseventintwasindeedbrokenupbystreaksofyellowsand-breakinthelowerlands,andbymanytalltreesofthepinefamily,out-toppingtheotherssomesingly,someinclumps;butthegeneralcolouringwasuniformandsad.Thehillsranupclearabovethevegetationinspiresofnakedrock.Allwerestrangelyshaped,andtheSpy-glass,whichwasbythreeorfourhundredfeetthetallestontheisland,waslikewisethestrangestinconfiguration,runningupsheerfromalmosteverysideandthensuddenlycutoffatthetoplikeapedestaltoputastatueon.

TheHispaniolawasrollingscuppersunderintheoceanswell.Theboomsweretearingattheblocks,therudderwasbangingtoandfro,andthewholeshipcreaking,groaning,andjumpinglikeamanufactory.Ihadtoclingtighttothebackstay,andtheworldturnedgiddilybeforemyeyes,forthoughIwasagoodenoughsailorwhentherewaswayon,thisstandingstillandbeingrolledaboutlikeabottlewasathingIneverlearnedtostandwithoutaqualmorso,aboveallinthemorning,onanemptystomach.

Perhapsitwasthisperhapsitwasthelookoftheisland,withitsgrey,melancholywoods,andwildstonespires,andthesurfthatwecouldbothseeandhearfoamingandthunderingonthesteepbeachatleast,althoughthesunshonebrightandhot,andtheshorebirdswerefishingandcryingallaroundus,andyouwouldhavethoughtanyonewouldhavebeengladtogettolandafterbeingsolongatsea,myheartsank,asthesayingis,intomyboots;

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