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金银岛英文版(Treasure Island) 二十九 黑券又至

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《金银岛》(又译《宝岛》)是史蒂文森所有作品中流传最广的代表作故事的主人翁吉姆,是一个十岁大的小男孩,吉姆的父母在黑山海湾旁经营一家旅馆名为「本鲍上将」。有一天,旅馆来了一位脸上带着刀疤、身材高大结实、非常引人注目的客人,原来他就是比尔船长。吉姆非常喜欢听比尔船长讲故事,那些听起来挺吓人的经历,像是罪犯被处以绞刑、海盗双手被绑而且蒙眼走跳板、突如其来的海上大风暴、遍地骨骸的西班牙海盗巢穴等,每次都让吉姆又爱又怕,也让宁静的小镇增添了不少新鲜刺激的话题。
   没多久,比尔船长因为饮酒过量加上受到惊吓而死在旅馆中,吉姆无意间发现比尔身上带着的一张藏宝图,那是海盗普林特船长所遗留下的,于是吉姆和一群人的金银岛寻宝的故事就此展开。
   心怀不轨的海盗们乔装成一般的水手,当中还包括阴森诡谲的独脚水手西尔弗。大伙儿假装跟着吉姆和利弗希医生一起去寻宝,航海的过程中,充满了千辛万苦和千奇百怪的事。不仅发生了足以让人丧命的疟疾病乱,还曾经发生海盗们群体叛乱的恐怖事件。
   惊涛骇浪中,到底吉姆一行人最后有没有找到传闻中那座遍地满是黄金宝藏的金银岛呢?他们又是否能平安地带着宝物归来呢?而独脚水手西尔弗又会在紧要关头使出什么阴谋诡计呢?
 可以这么说:如果说中国的孩子是看着《西游记》长大的,那么美国的孩子就是看着《金银岛》长大的,《金银岛》可算是有史以来最好看的海盗小说。
THE council of the buccaneers had lasted some time, when one of them re-entered the house, and with a repetition of the same salute, which had in my eyes an ironical air, begged for a moment's loan of the torch. Silver briefly agreed; and this emissary retired again, leaving us together in the dark.

`There's a breeze coming, Jim,' said Silver, who had, by this time, adopted quite a friendly and familiar tone.

I turned to the loophole nearest me and looked out. The embers of the great fire had so far burned themselves out, and now glowed so low and duskily, that I understood why these conspirators desired a torch. About half way down the slope to the stockade, they were collected in a group; one held the light; another was on his knees in their midst, and I saw the blade of an open knife shine in his hand with varying colours, in the moon and torchlight. The rest were all somewhat stooping, as though watching the manoeuvres of this last. I could just make out that he had a book as well as a knife in his hand; and was still wondering how anything so incongruous had come in their possession, when the kneeling figure rose once more to his feet, and the whole party began to move together towards the house.

`Here they come,' said I; and I returned to my former position, for it seemed beneath my dignity that they should find me watching them.

`Well, let 'em come, lad - let 'em come,' said Silver, cheerily. `I've still a shot in my locker.'

The door opened, and the five men, standing huddled together just inside, pushed one of their number forward. In any other circumstances it would have been comical to see his slow advance, hesitating as he set down each foot, but holding his closed right hand in front of him.

`Step up, lad,' cried Silver. `I won't eat you. Hand it over, lubber. I know the rules, I do; I won't hurt a depytation.'

Thus encouraged, the buccaneer stepped forth more briskly, and having passed something to Silver, from hand to hand, slipped yet more smartly back again to hi companions.

The sea-cook looked at what had been given him.

`The black spot! I thought so,' he observed. `Where might you have got the paper? Why, hillo! look here, now: this aint lucky! You've gone and cut this out of a Bible. What fool's cut a Bible?'

`Ah, there!' said Morgan - there! Wot did I say? No good'll come o' that, I said.'

`Well, you've about fixed it now, among you,' continue Silver. `You'll all swing now, I reckon. What soft- headed lubber had a Bible?'

`It was Dick,' said one.
那几个海盗商量了半天,其中一个才回到木屋来,再次向西尔弗敬了个礼(在我看来,略带点讽刺意味),想借火把暂用一下。西尔弗爽快地同意了,于是这个使者又出去,把我们留在漆黑的木屋中。

“要刮风了,吉姆。”西尔弗说。这次,他对我已变得非常友好和亲见。

我走到最近的一个枪眼旁边向外看。一大堆火也烧得差不多了,烧剩下的灰反着又低又暗的光,我这才明白那些密谋者为什么要借火把。他们在木屋和栅栏之间的斜坡上聚成一堆:一个拿着火把,另一个跪在他们中间。我看见一把拔出的刀子在月光和火把下反射出五颜六色,其中几个像是俯身看着他在做什么;我只能看到他手里还拿着一本书。我正在纳闷他这会儿怎么会拿着这东西。这时,跪着的那个人已从地上重又站起来,于是他们全体一齐向木屋走来。

“他们过来了。”我说完又回到原来的位置上,好像让他们发觉我在偷看,将有损于我们的尊严。

“让他们来吧,孩子,让他们来吧,”西尔弗高兴地说,“我还留着一手对付他们呢。”

门开了,五个人站在屋门口挤做一堆,把其中一个往前一推。他慢慢地走过来,每跨一步都要犹豫一下,向前伸出的右手握得紧紧的,要是在平时的任何场合,你看着一定会觉得可笑极了。

“过来,伙计,”西尔弗喊道,“我不会吃了你的,把东西递给我,你这个傻大个儿。我懂得规矩,我不会难为一个使者。”

经他这么一说,那个海盗胆子大了点。他加快脚步走上前来,把一件东西放在西尔弗手中,然后麻利地回到同伴的身边。

厨子看了看交给他的东西。

“黑券!不出所料。”他说。“你们从哪儿弄来的纸?天哪,糟了,你们看看,这下完了!闯大祸了。你们是从《圣经》上撕下来的,是哪个混蛋干的?”

“糟了!”摩根说,“糟了!我说过什么来着?这事准定没有好结果,让我说着了不是?”

“哼,这大概就是你们刚才商量决定的。”西尔弗继续说:“现在你们个个都不得好报。《圣经》是哪个王八羔子的?”
“狄克的。”一个海盗说。
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