Chapter 55

 

We could observe the boat approach us and the captain recognised the sailors. He knew that three of them were still faithful to him, but there was also the man who started the mutiny. The captain feared that the leader of the mutiny and the other men in the boat would be difficult to defeat, but I assured him that we had a good chance of winning.

We separated our prisoners and left some in the fortification and others in the cave. The captain trusted two of the rest and they swore to fight on our side, so we gave them weapons. Prepared this way, with seven men ready to fight on our side, we expected the arrival of the boat.

As soon as it reached the shore, the men jumped out of it and pulled it up the beach. Then they ran to the other boat and were surprised to see it damaged. In an attempt to attract the attention of their friends, they shouted and then shot in the air, but it was all in vain, for none of our prisoners dared shout back. This surprised the newly arrived sailors even more and they began launching the boat in water again. It seemed they wanted to go back to the ship to inform the others that some accident had happened with the sailors in the first boat.

Observing all this, the captain got scared they would go back to the ship and leave the island altogether. Luckily, in the course of a few minutes the sailors dropped this idea. Now they left three men in the boat and the others made for the forest to look for their fellows.

This took us by surprise because we wanted to take over the boat, but the three men left to guard it were getting in our way. That is why we continued observing all actions of the two groups – the seven men in the forest and the three in the boat.