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anchor was got ready and dropped in a fathom and a half of water.
We all pulled round again to Rum Cove, the nearest point for Ben
Gunn’s treasure-house; and then Gray, single-handed, returned
with the gig to the Hispaniola, where he was to pass the night on

A gentle slope ran up from the beach to the entrance of the
cave. At the top, the squire met us. To me he was cordial and kind,
saying nothing of my escapade either in the way of blame or
praise. At Silver’s polite salute he somewhat flushed.

“John Silver,” he said, “you’re a prodigious villain and
imposter--a monstrous imposter, sir. I am told I am not to
prosecute you. Well, then, I will not. But the dead men, sir, hang
about your neck like mill-stones.”

“Thank you kindly, sir,” replied Long John, again saluting.
“I dare you to thank me!” cried the squire. “It is a gross
dereliction of my duty. Stand back.”

And thereupon we all entered the cave. It was a large, airy
place, with a little spring and a pool of clear water, overhung with
ferns. The floor was sand. Before a big fire lay Captain Smollett;
and in a far corner, only duskily flickered over by the blaze, I
beheld great heaps of coin and quadrilaterals built of bars of gold.
That was Flint’s treasure that we had come so far to seek and that
had cost already the lives of seventeen men from the Hispaniola.
How many it had cost in the amassing, what blood and sorrow,
what good ships scuttled on the deep, what brave men walking the
plank blindfold, what shot of cannon, what shame and lies and
cruelty, perhaps no man alive could tell. Yet there were still three
upon that island--Silver, and old Morgan, and Ben Gunn--who had
each taken his share in these crimes, as each had hoped in vain to

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