1 Maybe you think we were all a sheet in the wind's eye.
2 "Right you was, sir," says he, "to haul your wind and keep the weather of the island."
3 She'll lie a point nearer the wind than a man has a right to expect of his own married wife, sir.
4 Each time she fell off, her sails partly filled, and these brought her in a moment right to the wind again.
5 Then I lay quiet, waiting to sever these last when the strain should be once more lightened by a breath of wind.
6 The HISPANIOLA was laid a couple of points nearer the wind and now sailed a course that would just clear the island on the east.
7 At last, however, she fell right into the wind's eye, was taken dead aback, and stood there awhile helpless, with her sails shivering.
8 Had there been a breath of wind, we should have fallen on the six mutineers who were left aboard with us, slipped our cable, and away to sea.
9 The lubbers is going about to get the wind of me this blessed moment; lubbers as couldn't keep what they got, and want to nail what is another's.
10 The wind blowing steady and gentle from the south, there was no contrariety between that and the current, and the billows rose and fell unbroken.
11 Where the ball passed, not one of us precisely knew, but I fancy it must have been over our heads and that the wind of it may have contributed to our disaster.
12 Meanwhile the schooner gradually fell off and filled again upon another tack, sailed swiftly for a minute or so, and brought up once more dead in the wind's eye.
13 But the wind was wanting; and to complete our helplessness, down came Hunter with the news that Jim Hawkins had slipped into a boat and was gone ashore with the rest.
14 We had run up the trades to get the wind of the island we were after--I am not allowed to be more plain--and now we were running down for it with a bright lookout day and night.
15 The admirable fellow literally slaved in my interest, and so, I may say, did everyone in Bristol, as soon as they got wind of the port we sailed for--treasure, I mean.
16 On stormy nights, when the wind shook the four corners of the house and the surf roared along the cove and up the cliffs, I would see him in a thousand forms, and with a thousand diabolical expressions.
17 We had a dreary morning's work before us, for there was no sign of any wind, and the boats had to be got out and manned, and the ship warped three or four miles round the corner of the island and up the narrow passage to the haven behind Skeleton Island.
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