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The ice hangs from the rigging and the lookouts are found frozen dead when the watch changes. " she said, striding off and leaving him in the dark. Him and his annoying habit of spouting Latin. So the matter was not resolved, and Silver and Selena lived apart in the ship and couldn't meet without a quarrel. And Silver became bad tempered, and not the man he had been. And that was bad… but worse was to come. Chapter 4 Half an hour before sunset 12th March 1753 Aboard Oraclaesus's longboat The southern anchorage Flint's Island Boom!

Baggot frowned. " he said. " "Oh bugger," said Baggot, but quietly. " said Stanley. "It is caused by the island's monkeys, sir," said Flint. " Baggot, Stanley and the marines spoke as one. "The monkeys. " said Baggot. " cried Flint. "And get to sea. " said Baggot. " protested Stanley. " There was a pounding of feet as four men raced for the ladders and companionways that led to the light. Then there was a great shouting, and drums beating, and calling up of all hands, and the rattling, clattering, rumbling, squeaking of a great ship getting ready for sea, with capstans clanking, blocks humming, yards hauling aloft and the anchor cables coming aboard, dripping wet and shaking off their weed, to the stamping and chanting of the crew.

Then there was a great shouting, and drums beating, and calling up of all hands, and the rattling, clattering, rumbling, squeaking of a great ship getting ready for sea, with capstans clanking, blocks humming, yards hauling aloft and the anchor cables coming aboard, dripping wet and shaking off their weed, to the stamping and chanting of the crew. Down below, forgotten for the moment, Joe Flint and Billy Bones sat with one dim lantern between them, listening to the sounds that had defined their lives as long as they could remember.

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