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“Possibly, sir, you may not like your employer, either?” says the
But here Dr. Livesey cut in.
“Stay a bit,” said he, “stay a bit. No use of such questions as
that but to produce ill feeling. The captain has said too much or he
has said too little, and I’m bound to say that I require an
explanation of his words. You don’t, you say, like this cruise. Now,
“I was engaged, sir, on what we call sealed orders, to sail this
ship for that gentleman where he should bid me,” said the captain.
“So far so good. But now I find that every man before the mast
knows more than I do. I don’t call that fair, now, do you?”
“No,” said Dr. Livesey, “I don’t.”
“Next,” said the captain, “I learn we are going after treasure--
hear it from my own hands, mind you. Now, treasure is ticklish
work; I don’t like treasure voyages on any account, and I don’t like
them, above all, when they are secret and when (begging your
pardon, Mr. Trelawney) the secret has been told to the parrot.”
“Silver’s parrot?” asked the squire.
“It’s a way of speaking,” said the captain. “Blabbed, I mean. It’s
my belief neither of you gentlemen know what you are about, but
I’ll tell you my way of it-- life or death, and a close run.”
“That is all clear, and, I dare say, true enough,” replied Dr.
Livesey. “We take the risk, but we are not so ignorant as you
believe us. Next, you say you don’t like the crew. Are they not good
“I don’t like them, sir,” returned Captain Smollett. “And I think
I should have had the choosing of my own hands, if you go to