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whistle, spinning round now and again upon his seat so as to
command a sight, sometimes of me and the doctor and sometimes
of his unruly ruffians as they went to and fro in the sand between
the fire--which they were busy rekindling--and the house, from
which they brought forth pork and bread to make the breakfast.

“So, Jim,” said the doctor sadly, “here you are. As you have
brewed, so shall you drink, my boy. Heaven knows, I cannot find it
in my heart to blame you, but this much I will say, be it kind or
unkind: when Captain Smollett was well, you dared not have gone
off; and when he was ill and couldn’t help it, by George, it was
downright cowardly!”

I will own that I here began to weep. “Doctor,” I said, “you
might spare me. I have blamed myself enough; my life’s forfeit
anyway, and I should have been dead by now if Silver hadn’t stood
for me; and doctor, believe this, I can die--and I dare say I deserve
it--but what I fear is torture. If they come to torture me--”

“Jim,” the doctor interrupted, and his voice was quite changed,
“Jim, I can’t have this. Whip over, and we’ll run for it.”

“Doctor,” said I, “I passed my word.”
“I know, I know,” he cried. “We can’t help that, Jim, now. I’ll
take it on my shoulders, holus bolus, blame and shame, my boy;
but stay here, I cannot let you. Jump! One jump, and you’re out,
and we’ll run for it like antelopes.”

“No,” I replied; “you know right well you wouldn’t do the thing
yourself--neither you nor squire nor captain; and no more will I.
Silver trusted me; I passed my word, and back I go. But, doctor,
you did not let me finish. If they come to torture me, I might let
slip a word of where the ship is, for I got the ship, part by luck and
part by risking, and she lies in North Inlet, on the southern beach,

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