Yet I will say that Avatea shall not be sent away—at least, for three days. Three days are worth having. Jack hesitated a moment, then lowered his club, and throwing Album) moodily to the ground, crossed his arms on his breast and hung down his head in silence.
Tararo seemed pleased by his submission, and told the teacher to say that he did not forget his former services, and Album) would leave him free as to his person, but that the schooner would be detained till he had further considered the matter.
While the teacher translated this, he approached as near to where Avatea was standing as possible without creating suspicion, and whispered to her a few words in the native language. Avatea, who, during the whole of the foregoing scene, had stood leaning against the tree perfectly passive, and seemingly quite uninterested in all that was going on, replied by a single rapid glance of her dark eye, which was instantly cast down again on the ground at her feet.
Tararo now advanced, and taking the girl by the hand, led her unresistingly away; while Jack, Peterkin, and I returned with the teacher on board the schooner. On reaching the deck we went down to the cabin, where Jack threw himself, in a state of great dejection, on a couch; but the teacher seated himself by his side, and laying his hand upon his shoulder, Chapter 2 - Restlesslist - Coral Island Girl (File, said:.
God has given us three days, and we must use the means that are in our power to free this poor girl from slavery. How can I act? I cannot fight a whole nation of savages single-handed.
You cannot expect that blessing which alone can ensure success unless you are more submissive. I will tell you my plans if you will listen. I did not know you had any plans. Out with them! But proceed with your plans. The teacher smiled sadly. No, no; that could not be done. Even now your ship would be taken from you were it not that Tararo has some feeling of gratitude towards you.
But I know Tararo well. He is a man of falsehood, as all the unconverted savages are. The chief to whom he has promised this girl is very powerful, and Tararo must fulfil his promise. He has told you that he would do nothing to the girl for three days, but that is because the party who are to take her away will not be ready to start for three days. Still, as he might have made you a prisoner during those three days, I say that God has given them to us.
It is this. Once there, Avatea would be safe. Now, I suggest that you should abandon your schooner. Do you think that you can make so great a sacrifice? The teacher smiled. So I suggest that we get a quantity of stores conveyed to a sequestered part of the shore, provide a small canoe, put Avatea on board, and you three would paddle to the Christian island. Then they will ask me where you are gone to, and I will refuse to tell. We shall then arrange about it.
She will easily manage to elude her keepers, who are not very strict in watching her, thinking it impossible that she could escape from the island. I now raised myself on my elbow, and putting my hand to my forehead, found that it had been cut pretty severely, and that I had lost a good deal of MP3.
I got it from a spring close at hand. While Peterkin ran on in this style my faculties became quite clear again, and I began to understand my position. Is English not your mother-tongue? You recollect that, after the ship struck, we three sprang over the bow into the sea? Well, I noticed that the oar struck your head and gave you that cut on the brow which nearly stunned you, so that you grasped Peterkin round the neck without knowing apparently what you were about.
But I saw that he had a good hold of the oar; so I exerted myself to the utmost to push you towards the shore, which we luckily reached without much trouble, for the water inside the reef is quite calm. The ship struck at the very tail of the island on which we are cast.
When the boat was tossed into the sea it fortunately did not upset, although it shipped a good deal of water, and all the men managed to scramble into it; but before they could get the oars out, the gale carried them past the point and away to leeward of the island. After we landed I saw them endeavouring to pull towards us; but as they had only one pair of oars out of the eight that belonged to the boat, and as the wind was blowing right in their teeth, they gradually lost ground. Then I saw them put about and hoist some sort of sail—a blanket, I fancy, for it was too small for the MP3 in half-an-hour they were out of sight.
I saw you clambering up the rocks there while I was watching Ralph. Did you say she had gone to pieces? The poor fellows in the boat made a hard struggle to reach her, but long before they came near her she filled and went down. It was after she had foundered that I saw them trying to pull to the island. There was a long silence after Jack had ceased speaking, and I have no doubt that each was revolving in his mind our extraordinary position. For my part, I cannot say that my reflections were very agreeable.
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