哈哈体育BUT not to crowd this part with an account of the lesser part ofthe rogueries with which they plagued them continually, night andday, it forced the two men to such a desperation that they resolvedto fight them all three, the first time they had a fairopportunity. In order to do this they resolved to go to the castle(as they called my old dwelling), where the three rogues and theSpaniards all lived together at that time, intending to have a fairbattle, and the Spaniards should stand by to see fair play: sothey got up in the morning before day, and came to the place, andcalled the Englishmen by their names telling a Spaniard thatanswered that they wanted to speak with them.哈哈体育哈哈体育
哈哈体育It happened that the day before two of the Spaniards, having beenin the woods, had seen one of the two Englishmen, whom, fordistinction, I called the honest men, and he had made a sadcomplaint to the Spaniards of the barbarous usage they had met withfrom their three countrymen, and how they had ruined theirplantation, and destroyed their corn, that they had laboured sohard to bring forward, and killed the milch-goat and their threekids, which was all they had provided for their sustenance, andthat if he and his friends, meaning the Spaniards, did not assistthem again, they should be starved. When the Spaniards came homeat night, and they were all at supper, one of them took the freedomto reprove the three Englishmen, though in very gentle and mannerlyterms, and asked them how they could be so cruel, they beingharmless, inoffensive fellows: that they were putting themselvesin a way to subsist by their labour, and that it had cost them agreat deal of pains to bring things to such perfection as they werethen in.哈哈体育哈哈体育哈哈体育One of the Englishmen returned very briskly, "What had they to dothere? that they came on shore without leave; and that they shouldnot plant or build upon the island; it was none of their ground.""Why," says the Spaniard, very calmly, "Seignior Inglese, they mustnot starve." The Englishman replied, like a rough tarpaulin, "Theymight starve; they should not plant nor build in that place." "Butwhat must they do then, seignior?" said the Spaniard. Another ofthe brutes returned, "Do? they should be servants, and work forthem." "But how can you expect that of them?" says the Spaniard;"they are not bought with your money; you have no right to makethem servants." The Englishman answered, "The island was theirs;the governor had given it to them, and no man had anything to dothere but themselves;" and with that he swore that he would go andburn all their new huts; they should build none upon their land."Why, seignior," says the Spaniard, "by the same rule, we must beyour servants, too." "Ay," returned the bold dog, "and so youshall, too, before we have done with you;" mixing two or threeoaths in the proper intervals of his speech. The Spaniard onlysmiled at that, and made him no answer. However, this littlediscourse had heated them; and starting up, one says to the other.(I think it was he they called Will Atkins), "Come, Jack, lets goand have tother brush with them; well demolish their castle, Illwarrant you; they shall plant no colony in our dominions."哈哈体育哈哈体育Upon this they were all trooping away, with every man a gun, apistol, and a sword, and muttered some insolent things amongthemselves of what they would do to the Spaniards, too, whenopportunity offered; but the Spaniards, it seems, did not soperfectly understand them as to know all the particulars, only thatin general they threatened them hard for taking the twoEnglishmens part. Whither they went, or how they bestowed theirtime that evening, the Spaniards said they did not know; but itseems they wandered about the country part of the night, and themlying down in the place which I used to call my bower, they wereweary and overslept themselves. The case was this: they hadresolved to stay till midnight, and so take the two poor men whenthey were asleep, and as they acknowledged afterwards, intended toset fire to their huts while they were in them, and either burnthem there or murder them as they came out. As malice seldomsleeps very sound, it was very strange they should not have beenkept awake. However, as the two men had also a design upon them,as I have said, though a much fairer one than that of burning andmurdering, it happened, and very luckily for them all, that theywere up and gone abroad before the bloody-minded rogues came totheir huts.
哈哈体育哈哈体育When they came there, and found the men gone, Atkins, who it seemswas the forwardest man, called out to his comrade, "Ha, Jack,heres the nest, but the birds are flown." They mused a while, tothink what should be the occasion of their being gone abroad sosoon, and suggested presently that the Spaniards had given themnotice of it; and with that they shook hands, and swore to oneanother that they would be revenged of the Spaniards. As soon asthey had made this bloody bargain they fell to work with the poormens habitation; they did not set fire, indeed, to anything, butthey pulled down both their houses, and left not the least stickstanding, or scarce any sign on the ground where they stood; theytore all their household stuff in pieces, and threw everythingabout in such a manner, that the poor men afterwards found some oftheir things a mile off. When they had done this, they pulled upall the young trees which the poor men had planted; broke down anenclosure they had made to secure their cattle and their corn; and,in a word, sacked and plundered everything as completely as a hordeof Tartars would have done.哈哈体育He seemed very much concerned at it, for he had no rational accessto these poor people, seeing he did not understand one word oftheir language, nor they one of his. To remove this difficulty, Itold him Fridays father had learned Spanish, which I found he alsounderstood, and he should serve him as an interpreter. So he wasmuch better satisfied, and nothing could persuade him but he wouldstay and endeavour to convert them; but Providence gave anothervery happy turn to all this.详情