1 "Aye, aye, sir," cried the cook, in the passage.
2 I thought so," cried the cook; "this here is a p'inter.
3 It were," said the cook; "it were when we weighed anchor.
4 Well, sir, I thought I had only found a cook, but it was a crew I had discovered.
5 Dick was gone but a little while, and during his absence Israel spoke straight on in the cook's ear.
6 And with that, this brave fellow turned his back directly on the cook and set off walking for the beach.
7 My suspicions had been thoroughly reawakened on finding Black Dog at the Spy-glass, and I watched the cook narrowly.
8 "Aye, aye, sir," answered the cook, and touching his forelock, he disappeared at once in the direction of his galley.
9 Gentlemen of fortune," returned the cook, "usually trusts little among themselves, and right they are, you may lay to it.
10 I was monstrously touched--so would you have been--and, out of pure pity, I engaged him on the spot to be ship's cook.
11 He was a great confidant of Long John Silver, and so the mention of his name leads me on to speak of our ship's cook, Barbecue, as the men called him.
12 Squire and I cooked outside in spite of the danger, and even outside we could hardly tell what we were at, for horror of the loud groans that reached us from the doctor's patients.
13 "Ah, she's a handsome craft, she is," the cook would say, and give her sugar from his pocket, and then the bird would peck at the bars and swear straight on, passing belief for wickedness.
14 I found he was an old sailor, kept a public-house, knew all the seafaring men in Bristol, had lost his health ashore, and wanted a good berth as cook to get to sea again.
15 It was something to see him wedge the foot of the crutch against a bulkhead, and propped against it, yielding to every movement of the ship, get on with his cooking like someone safe ashore.
16 In the same wasteful spirit, they had cooked, I suppose, three times more than we could eat; and one of them, with an empty laugh, threw what was left into the fire, which blazed and roared again over this unusual fuel.
17 Tired though we all were, two were sent out for firewood; two more were set to dig a grave for Redruth; the doctor was named cook; I was put sentry at the door; and the captain himself went from one to another, keeping up our spirits and lending a hand wherever it was wanted.
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