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“The hands know it, sir,” returned the captain.
“Livesey, that must have been you or Hawkins,” cried the

“It doesn’t much matter who it was,” replied the doctor. And I
could see that neither he nor the captain paid much regard to Mr.
Trelawney’s protestations. Neither did I, to be sure, he was so
loose a talker; yet in this case I believe he was really right and that
nobody had told the situation of the island.

“Well, gentlemen,” continued the captain, “I don’t know who
has this map; but I make it a point, it shall be kept secret even
from me and Mr. Arrow. Otherwise I would ask you to let me

“I see,” said the doctor. “You wish us to keep this matter dark
and to make a garrison of the stern part of the ship, manned with
my friend’s own people, and provided with all the arms and
powder on board. In other words, you fear a mutiny.”

“Sir,” said Captain Smollett, “with no intention to take offence,
I deny your right to put words into my mouth. No captain, sir,
would be justified in going to sea at all if he had ground enough to
say that. As for Mr. Arrow, I believe him thoroughly honest; some
of the men are the same; all may be for what I know. But I am
responsible for the ship’s safety and the life of every man Jack
aboard of her. I see things going, as I think, not quite right. And I
ask you to take certain precautions or let me resign my berth. And
that’s all.”

“Captain Smollett,” began the doctor with a smile, “did ever
you hear the fable of the mountain and the mouse? You’ll excuse
me, I dare say, but you remind me of that fable. When you came in
here, I’ll stake my wig, you meant more than this.”

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