1 It was worth while to be a pirate, after all.
2 But none of the pirates smoked or "chewed" but himself.
3 I bet there's been pirates on this island before, boys.
4 Two of the savages almost wished they had remained pirates.
5 Tom saw the signs, and fell to cheering up the pirates as well as he could.
6 This was to knock off being pirates, for a while, and be Indians for a change.
7 He knows that would be a disgrace to a pirate, and Tom's too proud for that sort of thing.
8 The other pirates envied him this majestic vice, and secretly resolved to acquire it shortly.
9 Then conscience granted a truce, and these curiously inconsistent pirates fell peacefully to sleep.
10 Then Tom hid himself away in a shady nook to sleep till noon, and the other pirates got ready to fish and explore.
11 You see," said Tom, "people don't go much on hermits, nowadays, like they used to in old times, but a pirate's always respected.
12 They made him understand that his poor rags would do to begin with, though it was customary for wealthy pirates to start with a proper wardrobe.
13 There was an easy, comfortable path along the shore under the bluff, but it lacked the advantages of difficulty and danger so valued by a pirate.
14 The other pirates were looking their last, too; and they all looked so long that they came near letting the current drift them out of the range of the island.
15 He was moved to capture the skiff, arguing that it might be considered a ship and therefore legitimate prey for a pirate, but he knew a thorough search would be made for it and that might end in revelations.
16 Tom stirred up the other pirates and they all clattered away with a shout, and in a minute or two were stripped and chasing after and tumbling over each other in the shallow limpid water of the white sandbar.
17 Joe was for being a hermit, and living on crusts in a remote cave, and dying, some time, of cold and want and grief; but after listening to Tom, he conceded that there were some conspicuous advantages about a life of crime, and so he consented to be a pirate.
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