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“Now, Hawkins,” said the squire, “you have something to say.
I did as I was bid, and as short as I could make it, told the whole
details of Silver’s conversation. Nobody interrupted me till I was
done, nor did any one of the three of them make so much as a
movement, but they kept their eyes upon my face from first to last.
“Jim,” said Dr. Livesey, “take a seat.”
And they made me sit down at table beside them, poured me
out a glass of wine, filled my hands with raisins, and all three, one
after the other, and each with a bow, drank my good health, and
their service to me, for my luck and courage.
“Now, captain,” said the squire, “you were right, and I was
wrong. I own myself an ass, and I await your orders.”
“No more an ass than I, sir,” returned the captain. “I never
heard of a crew that meant to mutiny but what showed signs
before, for any man that had an eye in his head to see the mischief
and take steps according. But this crew,” he added, “beats me.”
“Captain,” said the doctor, “with your permission, that’s Silver.
A very remarkable man.” “He’d look remarkably well from a yard-
arm, sir,” returned the captain. “But this is talk; this don’t lead to
anything. I see three or four points, and with Mr. Trelawney’s
permission, I’ll name them.”
“You, sir, are the captain. It is for you to speak,” says Mr.
“First point,” began Mr. Smollett. “We must go on, because we
can’t turn back. If I gave the word to go about, they would rise at
once. Second point, we have time before us--at least until this
treasure’s found. Third point, there are faithful hands. Now, sir,
it’s got to come to blows sooner or later, and what I propose is to