CHAPTER 18 – FOOT

It is eleven years after my first day on the island. One day, I see that I don’t have much gunpowder. It starts to worry me. I need gunpowder if I want to hunt animals.

My first goat is very old. I want meat but I don’t have the heart to kill her. One day, she dies a natural death.

With less and less gunpowder, I have to find another way how to get meat.

I decide to make a trap. I am not successful at the beginning. But then I catch three young goats. They are one male and two females. I take them home with me.

I keep the goats inside a small area. I make a fence around the area. But the area is too small for three goats. So I make a fence for them around a bigger area.

It takes me three months to build this fence. But the area is very nice. There is a lot of grass and water for them.

After some time, the young goats are very calm. Soon they eat from my hand.

In two years, I have twelve goats inside my fence. And in three years, I have more than twenty goats.

I have a lot of milk and meat thanks to this. I experiment a little, and after some time I am able to make cheese and butter.

My table is full now and I have a lot of animals around me. I have my old dog, goats and my parrot. The only thing which I still miss is somebody for a conversation.

One day, I go to the part of the sea where the strong current is. On the way there, I think about how strange I look.

I have a big hat, a short jacket and short trousers. They are all made from animal skin. I don’t have socks or shoes but I put some goat skins around my feet. I have two belts. One belt is for the gun and knife, and one belt for the gunpowder.

I also carry a basket on my back and an umbrella above my head. My beard is very long. I see that after eleven years on the island I don’t look like an Englishman. I am a different person.

One day, I am walking on the beach. I am going to check my canoe. Then I see something surprising. I see a mark of a human foot on the sand.

I look around but I see nobody. I am scared. I run back to my house. I am so scared that it is difficult to sleep at night.

Then, I think, “Maybe it is all only my imagination. Or maybe it is the mark of my own foot and it is stupid to be scared.”

After this thought, I feel better. I leave my house. And I go look at the mark again.

WORDS FROM CHAPTER 18

worry
sock
trap
experiment
female
twelve
short
trousers
thank
male
miss
twenty
jacket
milk
made
natural
belt
eleven
mark
surprising
human
stupid

 


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