CHAPTER 27 – ENGLISHMEN
Soon the tide was low and the boat they came with was stuck in the sand. They couldn’t move it, so I heard them shout to each other that they would leave with the next tide. This gave me ten hours.
The night was approaching, so we would get an opportunity to go near them and overhear their conversations. Now I was sure they came here to leave those three men here as a punishment.
Friday and I stayed hidden until dark. I noticed the men who stood guard were asleep and the three prisoners were sitting under a tree quite close to us. It seemed to me they were also out of sight from the other sailors, so I could approach them without being seen. I went to them with Friday following closely behind me.
When we were very close to them, I spoke quietly to them. We were still hidden behind the trees and they couldn’t see us. When they heard my voice, they couldn’t believe somebody spoke English to them from the dark forest.
“What was that?” asked one of the men.
“I heard something. I heard a tree speak,” answered the other. “But it is impossible. A tree can’t speak English.”
“Yes, you heard something but it isn’t a tree,” I said quietly. “My name is Robinson Crusoe. I am an Englishman. I live on this island. I will help you if you tell me who you are.”
After the initial shock was over, one of them answered my questions. He was the captain of the ship, but some of the sailors started a mutiny. He, his assistant and a passenger were taken prisoners. The other sailors were going to leave them on this island to starve to death.
The captain told me that there were only two dangerous sailors who took control over the others in this group. If the leaders were captured, the rest would return under the command of the captain.
WORDS FROM CHAPTER 27