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“Perhaps you should,” replied the doctor. “My friend should,
perhaps, have taken you along with him; but the slight, if there be
one, was unintentional. And you don’t like Mr. Arrow?”

“I don’t, sir. I believe he’s a good seaman, but he’s too free with
the crew to be a good officer. A mate should keep himself to
himself--shouldn’t drink with the men before the mast!”

“Do you mean he drinks?” cried the squire.
“No, sir,” replied the captain, “only that he’s too familiar.”
“Well, now, and the short and long of it, captain?” asked the
doctor. “Tell us what you want.”

“Well, gentlemen, are you determined to go on this cruise?”
“Like iron,” answered the squire.

“Very good,” said the captain. “Then, as you’ve heard me very
patiently, saying things that I could not prove, hear me a few
words more. They are putting the powder and the arms in the fore
hold. Now, you have a good place under the cabin; why not put
them there?-- first point. Then, you are bringing four of your own
people with you, and they tell me some of them are to be berthed
forward. Why not give them the berths here beside the cabin?--
second point.”

“Any more?” asked Mr. Trelawney.
“One more,” said the captain. “There’s been too much blabbing

“Far too much,” agreed the doctor.
“I’ll tell you what I’ve heard myself,” continued Captain
Smollett: “that you have a map of an island, that there’s crosses on
the map to show where treasure is, and that the island lies--” And
then he named the latitude and longitude exactly.

“I never told that,” cried the squire, “to a soul!”

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