*Jan 13th 1769 uncharted in t’ Caribbean sea : Shipwreck’d & cast up on this desolat shore. But I have found sweet water, fruit &c. ‘tho the wild creaturs are fereful. & also I have made a shelter from the tempest.
Jan 23rd Sqare Isle : I have map’d the island & drawn a chart o’ it. It is 10 leagues exact on a side. Naming it Square Isle due to it’s particul’r shape & built a fine signal pyre betwixt beach and forest in hopes its smoke & flame &c. will bring rescuers.
Feb 1st Sqare Isle: In the reef to th’ north there are many oysters. To th’ most-part every shell hides a pearl of great beutie and size – I have hidd’n all but the largest 1 of them for fear of pyrates. The largest I wear on a string ‘bout my neck in the fashion of a savage.
Feb 14th Sqare Isle: A sail – I must hasten to light the signal fire...
3 year later after I find this diarie again: As the ship stopp’d I spied a black flag upon the main-mast – it was crew’d by pyrates. They took my pearl and my map (but showed no interest in my diary, pen &c.). & dragg’d me to the Cap’ns cabin, bound at wrist, where there were 3 pyrates most sanguinolent of aspect and each identical to the others.
"あなたは3人ですか？"と私は尋ねました。 "悪名高いDread Pyrateトリプレット？" "私たちは彼らです" - スポーク1 - "伝説よりも恐ろしいことを主張します。あなたが他の真珠を隠したところで私たちを見せてください、またはあなたを最も激しく苦しめるでしょう " - そして一つのピラトは私に残酷な短剣を教えてくれました。
「私を傷つけないでください」と私は思いました。「私はすぐに図表に十字架を描く」と言いました。しかし、彼らは私の手を握った。 "マークをつけたり、乗組員のための場所を話したりするのは、すべて怪物です。もし彼らが地図をスパイしたり、聞いたことがあれば、彼らは私たちの前にある宝の遺物を利用するかもしれません。それから、私たちはあなたを最も激しく悩ますでしょう！ "
“Do not harm me”, I implored again, “for I can whisper the location in your ear – each in turn”. But they stayed me to my chair. “Seal your lips. For each of us has no trust for his brothers & if the 1st to hear could avail themself of the treasure a’fore the others he would perchance take all. And the 2nd and 3rd would torture you most ‘orribly”.
“Do not harm me” I cried, “but answer these questions 3.
Show me 1st where the ship is harb’r’d” And they drew a rude cross on the chart signifying the anchorage.
“And you all are navigateurs?” I asked. And they replied “Navigateurs most skilled, but the crew have not this skill”.
*“Then tell me true – you are alike in visage and physiognomy, but is there any difference measurable betwixt you?“ * And the first replied “I swims at 12 leagues to the hour, but am only ½ as fast in jungle and ¼ as fast on swamp land.” And the second replied “Whereas I wades at 14 leagues in the hour on swamp land but am only ½ as fast in water and ¼ as fast in jungle”. And the third replied “And I sneaks through jungle at 19 leagues in the hour but am only ½ as fast in water and ¼ as fast on swamp land”.
For it is sunken 3 fathoms down with great cunning some leagues to the ENE of here, but if each and every one o’ you departs from this very point at the same turn o’ the hour-glass, & each and every one o’ you takes his own best & fastest course using only the means given to your body by God, then each and every one o’ you will arrive at the treasure together – & not a pace will separate the 3 of you & not a heart-beat will pass between the first & the last to arrive”. But I warn’d them not of the great sharks & poisn snakes & sentipiedes & other divers creaturs that lurk’d in the sea, swamp, and jungle.
And the Dread Brothers arose as 1 & left in great haste. And I heard 3 splashes as 1, as the Dread Brothers threw themselves in the water to begin swimming to their goal – as each fear’d the others might get to the treasure 1st and take it all. In their awful haste they left the dagger and the 1 pearl on the table so I cut my bonds hencewith and took up my pearl & hid below decks in the bilges where the crew could not spy me. But less than 1 hour pass’d and there was a suddenlike cry and commotion & the sound of great guns and the ship gave a shaking & rending &c. most awful. I was in fear of my life & left my noisome hiding place and reach’d the fore-deck to spy the a 2-decker flying the Kings flag alongside with guns blazing, & the pyrate crew tore down their flag in surrender & the guns were silenced tho’ the pyrate ship was mortal damaged & did sink thereafter. The crew was clapp’t in irons but of the 3 Dread Brothers who had not returned from their mission nothing was found of them ever – mayhaps they were consum’d by the wild beasts a’fore reaching the treasure or whilst maroon’d. Perchance, I knew the Cap’n of HMS Blenheim from my time in Portsmouth so I was free’d. I ask’d time to recover my treasure but the Cap’n said we must sail as there was a g’t storm on the horizon – but I w’d be reward’d by the Crown as t’was my signal pyre that allowed capture of the pyrate band. And his word was good & I was rewarded 200 sovereign by HM Governor in Freeport and 100 more by Viscount Cranborne for my 1 last pearl. Thus I made my fortune.
「偶然のより多く」、私は興奮して答えた。 "リゾートはジャマイカの海岸から数百キロ離れたスクエア島と呼ばれる場所にあります。真夜中のおじさんは緯度や経度を提供していないので、私たちは決して言わないと思う」とアーニー氏は答えた。「あなたはそれが同じ場所にあると思いますか？ "しかし、あなたが休暇を取っている間は、いつも見ることができ、見ることができます"。そして彼は私にEarnestのオリジナルの手描きのチャートを渡しました。
正直言って、アーニーはあまりにもチャンスがあるとは思わない - 彼は本当に古い物語を信じていないと確信していない - だから彼は日記に十分な情報があれば、私をユーモアにしたくない真珠。それでは、ここでは取引があります - どこに見えるかを誰にでも確認できたら、私はアーネストのキャッシュを見つけます - 私はアーニーと私との利益の均等な分担をお約束します！