The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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placing billets of wood on the upper
step so as to interfere with the shutting. We found no difficulty in
getting a full view of the interior of the cabin through the cracks
where the hinges were placed. It now proved to have been very fortunate
for us that we had not attempted to take them by surprise, for they were
evidently on the alert. Only one was asleep, and he lying just at the
foot of the companion-ladder, with a musket by his side. The rest were
seated on several mattresses, which had been taken from the berths and
thrown on the floor. They were engaged in earnest conversation; and
although they had been carousing, as appeared from two empty jugs, with
some tin tumblers which lay about, they were not as much intoxicated
as usual. All had knives, one or two of them pistols, and a great many
muskets were lying in a berth close at hand.

We listened to their conversation for some time before we could make
up our minds how to act, having as yet resolved on nothing determinate,
except that we would attempt to paralyze their exertions, when we should
attack them, by means of the apparition of Rogers. They were discussing
their piratical plans, in which all we could hear distinctly was, that
they would unite with the crew of a schooner _Hornet_, and, if possible,
get the schooner herself into their possession preparatory to some
attempt on a large scale, the particulars of which could not be made out
by either of us.

One of the men spoke of Peters, when the mate replied to him in a low
voice which could not be distinguished, and afterward added more
loudly, that “he could not understand his being so much forward with the
captain’s brat in the forecastle, and he thought the sooner both of them
were overboard the better.” To this no answer was made, but we could
easily perceive that the hint was well received by the whole party, and
more particularly by Jones. At this period I was excessively agitated,
the more so as I could see that neither Augustus nor Peters could
determine how to act. I made up my mind, however, to sell my life as
dearly as possible, and not to suffer myself to be overcome by any
feelings of trepidation.

The tremendous noise made by the roaring of the wind in the rigging, and
the washing of the sea over the deck, prevented us from hearing what was
said, except during momentary lulls. In one of these, we all distinctly
heard the

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Se gxi malvigligxas nur momenteton, preteratentajxo okazas, kaj rezultas vundo aux malvenko.
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Tiun opinion mi malkasxe sciigis al li.
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" La temo estis precize tiu kiun mi jxus primeditadis.
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kaj sxian filinon.
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" "Vi diros ke mi perpleksigxis.
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Tio konfirmintus la motivteorion.
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Jes ja, verfakte.
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