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WEEK BEGINNING 22ND JUNE

Week 9 Learning Project

“Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Captain’s Papers

 

The doctor opened the seals with great care, and there fell out of the map an island, with latitude and longitude, soundings, names of hills, and bays and inlets, and every particular that would be needed to bring a ship to safe anchorage upon its shores.

It was about nine miles across, shaped, you might say, like a fat dragon standing up, and had two fine land-locked harbours, and a hill in the centre marked “The Spy-glass”.

There were several additions of a later date; but, above all, three crosses of red ink – two on the north part of the island, one in the south-west, and, beside this last, in the same red ink, and in a small, neat hand, very different from the captain’s tottery characters, these words: “Bulk of treasure here”.

Over on the back the same hand had written this further information:

 

“Tall tree, Spy-glass shoulder, bearing a point to the N. of N.N.E.

Skeleton Island E.S.E. and by E.

Ten feet.

The bar silver is in the north cache; you can find it by the trend of the east hummock, ten fathoms south of the black crag with the face on it.

The arms are easy found, in the sand hill, N. point of north inlet cape, bearing E and a quarter N.

                                                                                                                                                    J.F.”

Long John Silver

As I was waiting, a man came out of a side room, and at a glance I was sure he must be Long John. His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under the left shoulder he carried a crutch, which he managed with wonderful dexterity, hopping about upon it like a bird. He was very tall and strong, with a face as big as a ham — plain and pale, but intelligent and smiling. Indeed, he seemed in the most cheerful spirits, whistling as he moved about among the tables, with a merry word or a slap on the shoulder for the more favoured of his guests.

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