Treasure Island with English-French Dictionary by Robert Louis Stevenson (online free books)

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Table of Content

PART ONE—The Old Buccaneer
Chapter 1. The Old Sea-dog at the "Admiral Benbow"
Chapter 2. Black Dog Appears and Disappears
Chapter 3. The Black Spot
Chapter 4. The Sea-chest
Chapter 5. The Last of the Blind Man
Chapter 6. The Captain's Papers
PART TWO — The Sea-cook
Chapter 7. I Go to Bristol
Chapter 8. At the Sign of the Spy-glass
Chapter 9. Powder and Arms
Chapter 10. The Voyage
Chapter 11. What I Heard in the Apple Barrel
Chapter 12. Council of War
PART THREE—My Shore Adventure
Chapter 13. How My Shore Adventure Began
Chapter 14. The First Blow
Chapter 15. The Man of the Island
PART FOUR—The Stockade
Chapter 16. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: How the Ship Was Abandoned
Chapter 17. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: The Jolly-boat's Last Trip
Chapter 18. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: End of the First Day's Fighting
Chapter 19. Narrative Resumed by Jim Hawkins: The Garrison in the Stockade
Chapter 20. Silver's Embassy
Chapter 21. The Attack
PART FIVE—My Sea Adventure
Chapter 22. How My Sea Adventure Began
Chapter 23. The Ebb-tide Runs
Chapter 24. The Cruise of the Coracle
Chapter 25. I Strike the Jolly Roger
Chapter 26. Israel Hands
Chapter 27. "Pieces of Eight"
PART SIX—Captain Silver
Chapter 28. In the Enemy's Camp
Chapter 29. The Black Spot Again
Chapter 30. On Parole
Chapter 31. The Treasure-hunt—Flint's Pointer
Chapter 32. The Treasure-hunt—The Voice Among the Trees
Chapter 33. The Fall of a Chieftain
Chapter 34. And Last

Treasure Island Text

treasure - trésor, garder précieusement

Robert - robert

PART ONE-The Old Buccaneer

buccaneer - boucanier

To S.L.O., an American gentleman in accordance with whose classic taste the following narrative has been designed, it is now, in return for numerous delightful hours, and with the kindest wishes, dedicated by his affectionate friend, the author.

gentleman - gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs

accordance - accord, accordance

whose - a qui, de qui, dont, duquel (de + lequel), duquel

classic - classique

taste - gout, gout, saveur, avant-gout, gouter, avoir un gout

narrative - narratif, récit

numerous - nombreux

delightful - délicieux

wishes - souhaits, souhait, souhaiter, espérer

dedicated - dédié, consacrer, vouer, destiner, se consacrer, se dévouer

affectionate - affectueux

author - auteur, auteure, autrice, écrire, créer


hesitating - hésitant, hésiter

If sailor tales to sailor tunes,

sailor - marin, matelot, matelote, femme matelot, femme-matelot

tales - contes, conte, récit

tunes - des airs, mélodie, air, tube, accorder, syntoniser

Storm and adventure, heat and cold,

storm - tempete, orage

adventure - l'aventure, aventure

heat - chaleur, ardeur, chauffer

If schooners, islands, and maroons,

schooners - goélettes, goélette

maroons - marrons, bordeaux

And buccaneers, and buried gold,

buccaneers - buccaneers, boucanier

buried - enterré, enterrer

gold - l'or, or

And all the old romance, retold

romance - le romantisme, romance, idylle, amour romantique

retold - retweeté, raconter de nouveau, redire

Exactly in the ancient way,

exactly - exactement

ancient - ancienne, antique

Can please, as me they pleased of old,

The wiser youngsters of today:

wiser - plus sage, sage

youngsters - les jeunes, ado, enfant

-So be it, and fall on! If not,

If studious youth no longer crave,

studious - studieux

youth - la jeunesse, jeunesse, jeune, jeune homme, les jeunes

crave - envie, souhaiter, désirer, implorer

His ancient appetites forgot,

appetites - appétits, appétit

Kingston, or Ballantyne the brave,

Brave - courageux

Or Cooper of the wood and wave:

wood - du bois, (de) bois

wave - vague, brandir, onde, flottge

So be it, also! And may I

And all my pirates share the grave

pirates - pirates, pirate, corsaire, boucanier, pirater

grave - tombe

Where these and their creations lie!

creations - des créations, création

lie - mentir, mensonge, mentez, gésir, gis, mentons

Chapter 1. The Old Sea-dog at the "Admiral Benbow"

Chapter - chapitre, branche, section

admiral - amiral


squire - chaperonner

Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17__ and go back to the time when my father kept the Admiral Benbow inn and the brown old seaman with the sabre cut first took up his lodging under our roof.

rest - se reposer, reposent, reposez, reposons, se, reposer, débris

gentlemen - messieurs, gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs-p

write down - écrire

particulars - détails, particulier

lifted - soulevée, soulever

grace - bénédicité, grâces, grâce, miséricorde

Inn - l'auberge, auberge

seaman - matelot

sabre cut - coup de sabre

lodging - l'hébergement, logement, hébergement, verse, (lodge), cabane

roof - toit

I remember him as if it were yesterday, as he came plodding to the inn door, his sea-chest following behind him in a hand-barrow-a tall, strong, heavy, nut-brown man, his tarry pigtail falling over the shoulder of his soiled blue coat, his hands ragged and scarred, with black, broken nails, and the sabre cut across one cheek, a dirty, livid white.

plodding - en se creusant la tete, (plod) en se creusant la tete

chest - poitrine, sein, commode, coffre

barrow - barrow, tertre

heavy - lourd, emporté

Nut - noix, écrou, maternel

tarry - tarder

pigtail - queue de cochon, tresse, natte, couette

soiled - souillé, sol, terre

ragged - dépenaillé, loqueteuxse, (rag) dépenaillé

scarred - cicatrisé, cicatrice

nails - clous, ongle

sabre - sabre

cheek - joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale

livid - livide, furieux

I remember him looking round the cover and whistling to himself as he did so, and then breaking out in that old sea-song that he sang so often afterwards:

round - ronde, cyclo, arrondissent, arrondis, arrondir

cover - une couverture

whistling - siffler, (whistle), sifflet, sifflement, sifflements

breaking out - S'échapper

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-

dead - morts, mort, milieu, cour, profondeurs

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

rum - le rhum, rhum

in the high, old tottering voice that seemed to have been tuned and broken at the capstan bars. Then he rapped on the door with a bit of stick like a handspike that he carried, and when my father appeared, called roughly for a glass of rum.

voice - voix

seemed - semblait, sembler, paraître, avoir l'air

tuned - accordé, mélodie, air, tube, accorder, syntoniser

capstan - cabestan

bars - bars, barre, tablette

rapped - rappé, coup sec

bit - bit, mordis, mordit, mordîmes, mordirent, (bite), mordre

stick - bâton, canne, stick

appeared - est apparu, apparaître, paraître, sembler

roughly - en gros, rudement, approximativement

This, when it was brought to him, he drank slowly, like a connoisseur, lingering on the taste and still looking about him at the cliffs and up at our signboard.

slowly - lentement

connoisseur - connaisseur, connaisseuse

Lingering - s'attarder, qui s'attardent, (linger), s'installer, stagner

cliffs - falaises, falaise

signboard - panneau de signalisation, enseigne, panneau

"This is a handy cove," says he at length; "and a pleasant sittyated grog-shop. Much company, mate?"

handy - pratique, adhésif, maniable, opportun

Cove - la crique, anse

at length - longuement

pleasant - agréable, plaisant

grog - grog

mate - compagnon, appareiller

My father told him no, very little company, the more was the pity.

pity - compassion, pitié, dommage, honte, plaindre, avoir pitié de

"Well, then," said he, "this is the berth for me. Here you, matey," he cried to the man who trundled the barrow; "bring up alongside and help up my chest. I'll stay here a bit," he continued. "I'm a plain man; rum and bacon and eggs is what I want, and that head up there for to watch ships off. What you mought call me? You mought call me captain.

berth - couchette, marge de manouvre

matey - matey

cried - pleuré, pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri

alongside - a côté, a côté, a côté de, le long de

help up - de l'aide

continued - suite, continuer

plain - simple, unie, net, plaine

bacon - bacon, lard, lardon

ships - navires, navire

mought - mought

captain - capitaine, capitaine de vaisseau, agir en capitaine, piloter

Oh, I see what you're at-there"; and he threw down three or four gold pieces on the threshold. "You can tell me when I've worked through that," says he, looking as fierce as a commander.

threw - jeté, jeter, lancer

threshold - seuil, seuil de tolérance

fierce - féroce

commander - commandant, commandante, commandeur

And indeed bad as his clothes were and coarsely as he spoke, he had none of the appearance of a man who sailed before the mast, but seemed like a mate or skipper accustomed to be obeyed or to strike.

indeed - certainement, vraiment, en effet, bien sur, certes

coarsely - grossierement, grossierement

none - aucun, ne nulle

appearance - l'apparence, apparition, apparence, comparution

Sailed - navigué, voile

mast - mât

skipper - skipper, capitaine

accustomed - habitué, accoutumer

obeyed - obéi, obéir, obtempérer

strike - greve, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre, faire greve

The man who came with the barrow told us the mail had set him down the morning before at the Royal George, that he had inquired what inns there were along the coast, and hearing ours well spoken of, I suppose, and described as lonely, had chosen it from the others for his place of residence. And that was all we could learn of our guest.

mail - courrier, postal

set - set, Seth

Royal - royal, royale, trochure, cacatois

George - george, Georges, Jorioz

inquired - a demandé, enqueter, renseigner

Inns - les auberges, auberge

along - le long de, accompagné, rench: t-needed r

coast - côte, cordonlittoral, borde

suppose - supposer, imaginer

lonely - solitaire, seul, désert, abandonné

place of residence - le lieu de résidence

learn of - Apprendre de

guest - invité, invitée, hôte, rench: invité(e) g

He was a very silent man by custom. All day he hung round the cove or upon the cliffs with a brass telescope; all evening he sat in a corner of the parlour next the fire and drank rum and water very strong. Mostly he would not speak when spoken to, only look up sudden and fierce and blow through his nose like a fog-horn; and we and the people who came about our house soon learned to let him be.

silent - silencieux

custom - coutume, us, connaissance, droit de douane, sur mesure

hung - accroché, suspendre, etre accroché

upon - sur, a

brass - laiton, airain

telescope - télescope, lunette

corner - coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer, négocier un prix de gros

parlour - salon

mostly - surtout, majoritairement

sudden - soudain, soudaine, subit

blow - souffler, soufflons, soufflent, soufflez, coup

Fog - le brouillard, masquer, brume, brouillard

horn - corne, cor, klaxon, cuivres

came about - arriva

Every day when he came back from his stroll he would ask if any seafaring men had gone by along the road. At first we thought it was the want of company of his own kind that made him ask this question, but at last we began to see he was desirous to avoid them.

stroll - promenade, flânerie, balade, promener

seafaring - la mer

gone by - passé

Last - derniere, dernier, durer, dernierere, durez, passé, durent

desirous - désireux

avoid - éviter, fuir

When a seaman did put up at the Admiral Benbow (as now and then some did, making by the coast road for Bristol) he would look in at him through the curtained door before he entered the parlour; and he was always sure to be as silent as a mouse when any such was present. For me, at least, there was no secret about the matter, for I was, in a way, a sharer in his alarms.

Bristol - bristol

curtained - rideau

entered - a pénétré, entrer, rench: -neededr, taper, saisir

such - tel, tellement, ainsi

secret - secret

matter - matiere, matiere, affaire, question, cause, substance

sharer - partageur

alarms - alarmes, alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, fr

He had taken me aside one day and promised me a silver fourpenny on the first of every month if I would only keep my "weather-eye open for a seafaring man with one leg" and let him know the moment he appeared.

aside - a part, a côté, en passant, aparté

promised - promis, vou, promesse, promettre

silver - l'argent, argent

fourpenny - quatre sous

Often enough when the first of the month came round and I applied to him for my wage, he would only blow through his nose at me and stare me down, but before the week was out he was sure to think better of it, bring me my four-penny piece, and repeat his orders to look out for "the seafaring man with one leg."

applied - appliquée, appliquer (sur)

wage - salaire, appointements

stare - fixer, regarder (fixement), dévisager

penny - penny

How that personage haunted my dreams, I need scarcely tell you. On stormy nights, when the wind shook the four corners of the house and the surf roared along the cove and up the cliffs, I would see him in a thousand forms, and with a thousand diabolical expressions.

personage - personnage

haunted - hanté, hanter, demeurer, point de rencontre

dreams - reves, reve, t+songe, t+voeu, t+souhait, t+vou

scarcely - a peine, a peine, guere

stormy - orageux

wind - vent, emmailloter, détortiller, langer, enrouler

shook - secoué, (shake), secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse

corners - coins, coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer

surf - surf, brisants, surfer

roared - a rugi, rugir, hurler, s'esclaffer, rire aux éclats

diabolical - diabolique

expressions - expressions, expression

Now the leg would be cut off at the knee, now at the hip; now he was a monstrous kind of a creature who had never had but the one leg, and that in the middle of his body. To see him leap and run and pursue me over hedge and ditch was the worst of nightmares. And altogether I paid pretty dear for my monthly fourpenny piece, in the shape of these abominable fancies.

Hip - hip, hanche, sciatique

monstrous - monstrueux

creature - créature, etre

Middle - au milieu, milieu, moyen, central

leap - saut, sauter

pursue - poursuivre, rechercher

hedge - couverture, haie

ditch - fossé

nightmares - des cauchemars, cauchemar, mauvais reve, tourment

altogether - tout a fait, completement, en meme temps, quoi qu'il en soit

monthly - mensuel, mensuellement

shape - forme

abominable - abominable

fancies - des fantaisies, envie, caprice

But though I was so terrified by the idea of the seafaring man with one leg, I was far less afraid of the captain himself than anybody else who knew him.

though - mais, néanmoins, cependant, malgré, bien que

Anybody - quelqu'un, n’importe qui (1), checkn’importe qui (2

There were nights when he took a deal more rum and water than his head would carry; and then he would sometimes sit and sing his wicked, old, wild sea-songs, minding nobody; but sometimes he would call for glasses round and force all the trembling company to listen to his stories or bear a chorus to his singing.

deal - accord, dispenser, distribuer

wicked - méchante, chicaneur, torve, (wick) méchante

wild - sauvage, pétulant, grose

minding - l'esprit, esprit, t+raison, t+intelligence, mémoire

force - force, forcez, contrainte, forçons, contraindre, forcent

bear - ours, endurer, naîs, produire, souffrir, subir

chorus - chour, chour antique, chour, chorale, refrain

Often I have heard the house shaking with "Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum," all the neighbours joining in for dear life, with the fear of death upon them, and each singing louder than the other to avoid remark.

shaking - tremblant, (shake), secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse

joining in - se joindre a nous

fear - peur, angoisse, craignent, crainte, crains, craignons

Death - mort, déces, camarde, la mort, l'arcane sans nom

louder - plus fort, fort

remark - remarque, remarquent, remarquez, remarquons

For in these fits he was the most overriding companion ever known; he would slap his hand on the table for silence all round; he would fly up in a passion of anger at a question, or sometimes because none was put, and so he judged the company was not following his story. Nor would he allow anyone to leave the inn till he had drunk himself sleepy and reeled off to bed.

fits - s'adapte, en forme

companion - compagnon, compagne

slap - gifle, claque, gifler

silence - le silence, silence

passion - passion

anger - la colere, colere, ire, courroux, rage

judged - jugée, juger

nor - ni, NON-OU

allow - laisser, accorder, permettre

sleepy - somnolent, ensommeillé, ensuqué, endormi

reeled - enroulé, reel, bobine, enrouleur, embobiner, enrouler, tituber

off to bed - au lit

His stories were what frightened people worst of all. Dreadful stories they were-about hanging, and walking the plank, and storms at sea, and the Dry Tortugas, and wild deeds and places on the Spanish Main.

frightened - effrayé, effrayer, redouter, terrifier

dreadful - épouvantable, redoutable, affreux, terrible

hanging - suspension, (hang) suspension

plank - planche, gainage

storms - tempetes, orage, tempete

dry - sec, anhydre, sécher, tfaire sécher

deeds - des actes, acte, action, ouvre, exploit, haut fait, prouesse

Spanish - espagnol, castillan

By his own account he must have lived his life among some of the wickedest men that God ever allowed upon the sea, and the language in which he told these stories shocked our plain country people almost as much as the crimes that he described.

account - compte, supputation, demande

among - parmi

wickedest - le plus méchant, méchant, mauvais

God - dieu, idolâtrer, déifier

allowed - autorisé, laisser, accorder, permettre

shocked - choqué, choc

almost - presque, quasiment

crimes - crimes, délit(max 10 years imprisonment according to law) crime (15 years and more) (nothing strictly between 10 and 15)

My father was always saying the inn would be ruined, for people would soon cease coming there to be tyrannized over and put down, and sent shivering to their beds; but I really believe his presence did us good.

ruined - ruiné, ruine, ruiner, abîmer, foutre en l'air

cease - cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + 'infinitive'

tyrannized - tyrannisé, tyranniser

shivering - des frissons, (shiver) des frissons

presence - présence

People were frightened at the time, but on looking back they rather liked it; it was a fine excitement in a quiet country life, and there was even a party of the younger men who pretended to admire him, calling him a "true sea-dog" and a "real old salt" and such like names, and saying there was the sort of man that made England terrible at sea.

excitement - l'excitation, excitation

pretended - prétendu, prétendre, prétendre a, feindre, faire semblant

admire - admirer

sort - tri, assortir, esrece, assortis, sorte

In one way, indeed, he bade fair to ruin us, for he kept on staying week after week, and at last month after month, so that all the money had been long exhausted, and still my father never plucked up the heart to insist on having more. If ever he mentioned it, the captain blew through his nose so loudly that you might say he roared, and stared my poor father out of the room.

bade - Bade

fair - équitable, blond, exposition, foire, marché, kermesse, juste

ruin - la ruine, ruine, ruiner, abîmer, foutre en l'air

exhausted - épuisé, épuiser, échappement

plucked - plumé, tirer, pincer, plumer, voler, abats-p, persévérance

heart - cour

insist - insister

mentioned - mentionnée, mentionner

blew - soufflé, coup

loudly - bruyamment, fort, a voix haute, a haute voix

I have seen him wringing his hands after such a rebuff, and I am sure the annoyance and the terror he lived in must have greatly hastened his early and unhappy death.

wringing - tordant, (wring) tordant

rebuff - rebuffade

annoyance - l'agacement, ennui, nuisance, irritation, checkagacement

terror - la terreur, terreur, effroi, terrorisme

greatly - grandement

hastened - s'est hâté, dépecher

unhappy - malheureux, triste, mécontent

All the time he lived with us the captain made no change whatever in his dress but to buy some stockings from a hawker. One of the cocks of his hat having fallen down, he let it hang from that day forth, though it was a great annoyance when it blew. I remember the appearance of his coat, which he patched himself upstairs in his room, and which, before the end, was nothing but patches.

whatever - quoi qu'il en soit, quel que soit, n'importe quel

stockings - bas

hawker - colporteur

cocks - bites, oiseau mâle, coq

fallen down - Tomber

hang - pendre, planement

forth - avant, en avant

patched - patché, piece, rustine

patches - des correctifs, piece, rustine

He never wrote or received a letter, and he never spoke with any but the neighbours, and with these, for the most part, only when drunk on rum. The great sea-chest none of us had ever seen open.

received - reçu, recevoir

He was only once crossed, and that was towards the end, when my poor father was far gone in a decline that took him off. Dr. Livesey came late one afternoon to see the patient, took a bit of dinner from my mother, and went into the parlour to smoke a pipe until his horse should come down from the hamlet, for we had no stabling at the old Benbow.

crossed - croisé, crosse

towards - vers, envers, pour, pres de

decline - déclin

patient - patient, patiente, malade

smoke a pipe - fumer une pipe

hamlet - hameau

I followed him in, and I remember observing the contrast the neat, bright doctor, with his powder as white as snow and his bright, black eyes and pleasant manners, made with the coltish country folk, and above all, with that filthy, heavy, bleared scarecrow of a pirate of ours, sitting, far gone in rum, with his arms on the table.

observing - l'observation, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder

contrast - contraste, contraster

neat - soigné, parure

bright - lumineux, éclatant, clair

powder - poudre, réduire en poudre, pulvériser, poudrer

manners - les bonnes manieres, maniere, façon, mode

coltish - colossal

folk - folklorique, populaire, peuple

filthy - dégoutant, crasseux

Scarecrow - l'épouvantail, épouvantail

pirate - pirate, corsaire, boucanier, pirater, piraté

Suddenly he-the captain, that is-began to Pipe up his eternal song:

suddenly - soudain, soudainement, tout d'un coup

Pipe up - Un tuyau

eternal - éternelle, éternel

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

Drink and the devil had done for the rest-

devil - Diable, Satan, type

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

At first I had supposed "the dead man's chest" to be that identical big box of his upstairs in the front room, and the thought had been mingled in my nightmares with that of the one-legged seafaring man. But by this time we had all long ceased to pay any particular notice to the song; it was new, that night, to nobody but Dr.

supposed - supposé, supposer, imaginer

identical - identique, meme

mingled - mélangés, mélanger

ceased - cessé, cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + 'infinitive'

particular - particulier

notice - remarquer, notification, préavis, s'apercevoir

Livesey, and on him I observed it did not produce an agreeable effect, for he looked up for a moment quite angrily before he went on with his talk to old Taylor, the gardener, on a new cure for the rheumatics. In the meantime, the captain gradually brightened up at his own music, and at last flapped his hand upon the table before him in a way we all knew to mean silence.

observed - observée, observer, remarquer, respecter, garder

produce - produire, produits

agreeable - agréable, complaisant

effect - effet, effets, effectuer

Taylor - taylor, Tailler, Couture, Couturier, Sartre, Quemener, Thayer

gardener - jardinier, jardiniere

cure - guérir, guérissez, guérissent, cicatriser, guérison

rheumatics - les rhumatisants, rhumatismal

meantime - entre-temps, pendant ce temps

gradually - progressivement

flapped - battu, pan

The voices stopped at once, all but Dr. Livesey's; he went on as before speaking clear and kind and drawing briskly at his pipe between every word or two. The captain glared at him for a while, flapped his hand again, glared still harder, and at last broke out with a villainous, low oath, "Silence, there, between decks!"

voices - voix

as before - comme avant

clear - clair, transparent, libre, dégagé, sans ambiguité, s'éclaircir

briskly - rapidement, vivement

pipe - cornemuse, conduit, tuyau, barre verticale, tube, pipe

glared - éblouie, éclat

broke out - a éclaté

villainous - infâme

low - faible, inférieure

oath - serment, juron, jurer

decks - ponts, pont

"Were you addressing me, sir?" says the doctor; and when the ruffian had told him, with another oath, that this was so, "I have only one thing to say to you, sir," replies the doctor, "that if you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel!"

ruffian - ruffian, rufian, voyou, brute

replies - des réponses, répondre, réponse

quit - démissionner, quittons, quittez, démissioner, quittent

scoundrel - canaille, scélérat, scélérate, gredin, gredine

The old fellow's fury was awful. He sprang to his feet, drew and opened a sailor's clasp-knife, and balancing it open on the palm of his hand, threatened to pin the doctor to the wall.

fellow - un camarade, ensemble, mâle

awful - terrible, épouvantable, horrible

clasp-knife - (clasp-knife) couteau a fermoir

balancing - l'équilibrage, contrepoids, équilibre, solde, balancier

palm - palmier, paume

threatened - menacé, menacer

pin - épingle

The doctor never so much as moved. He spoke to him as before, over his shoulder and in the same tone of voice, rather high, so that all the room might hear, but perfectly calm and steady: "If you do not put that knife this instant in your pocket, I promise, upon my honour, you shall hang at the next assizes."

tone - ton, tonalité, tonale

perfectly - parfaitement

Calm - calme, tranquille, calme plat, calmer, apaiser

steady - stable, lisse, régulier

knife - couteau, frapper d'un coup de couteau

instant - instantanée, moment

Pocket - poche, empocher, de poche

promise - vou, promesse, promettre

honour - l'honneur, honorer

shall - doit, rench: 'shall' followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense'

Then followed a battle of looks between them, but the captain soon knuckled under, put up his weapon, and resumed his seat, grumbling like a beaten dog.

battle - bataille, combat

knuckled - poings fermés, articulation du doigt, articulation

weapon - arme

resumed - reprise, reprendre

seat - siege, place, siege, assise, séant, fond

grumbling - grommeler, (grumble), grondement, gargouillement, grognement

beaten - battu, battre

"And now, sir," continued the doctor, "since I now know there's such a fellow in my district, you may count I'll have an eye upon you day and night. I'm not a doctor only; I'm a magistrate; and if I catch a breath of complaint against you, if it's only for a piece of incivility like tonight's, I'll take effectual means to have you hunted down and routed out of this. Let that suffice."

Since - depuis lors, depuis, depuis que, puisque, vu que

district - district, checkrégion

count - compter, comptent, comptez, comptons, comte

magistrate - magistrat

catch - attraper, prise, touche, loquet, loqueteau, verrou, hic

breath - respiration, souffle, haleine

complaint - plainte, réclamation, porter plainte

against - contre, face a, pour

effectual - efficace

hunted - chassé, chasser, chercher, chasse

routed - acheminé, mettre en déroute

suffice - suffisent, suffire, suffire 2

Soon after, Dr. Livesey's horse came to the door and he rode away, but the captain held his peace that evening, and for many evenings to come.

held - détenus, (main)tenir

peace - la paix, paix, tranquillité

Chapter 2. Black Dog Appears and Disappears

disappears - disparaît, disparaître

IT was not very long after this that there occurred the first of the mysterious events that rid us at last of the captain, though not, as you will see, of his affairs. It was a bitter cold winter, with long, hard frosts and heavy gales; and it was plain from the first that my poor father was little likely to see the spring.

occurred - s'est produite, produire

mysterious - mystérieux

rid - rid, débarrasser

affairs - affaires, aventure, liaison

Bitter - amere, amer, saumâtre

frosts - les gelées, givre, gel

heavy gales - de gros coups de vent

Likely - probable

He sank daily, and my mother and I had all the inn upon our hands, and were kept busy enough without paying much regard to our unpleasant guest.

sank - a coulé, couler, s'enfoncer, évier, lavabo

daily - quotidien, journellement

regard - regard, considérer, égard, estime

unpleasant - déplaisant, pénible, désagréable

It was one January morning, very early-a pinching, frosty morning-the cove all grey with hoar-frost, the ripple lapping softly on the stones, the sun still low and only touching the hilltops and shining far to seaward.

pinching - le pincement, (pinch), pincer, chiper, pincement, pincée

frosty - froid, gelé, givré, glacial

hoar - le chaume, blanc-gris

ripple - ondulation

lapping - le rodage, (lap) le rodage

softly - en douceur, doucement

stones - des pierres, pierre, t+roche, t+caillou, t+roc

touching - toucher, attendrissant, (touch), émouvoir

shining - brillant, briller, éclairer

seaward - vers la mer

The captain had risen earlier than usual and set out down the beach, his cutlass swinging under the broad skirts of the old blue coat, his brass telescope under his arm, his hat tilted back upon his head.

risen - ressuscité, augmenter, monter, lever

usual - habituel/habituelle

cutlass - cutlass, sabre d'abordage

swinging - l'échangisme, pivotant, (swing), osciller, se balancer

broad - large

tilted - incliné, pencher

I remember his breath hanging like smoke in his wake as he strode off, and the last sound I heard of him as he turned the big rock was a loud snort of indignation, as though his mind was still running upon Dr. Livesey.

like smoke - comme de la fumée

strode - strode, marcher a grands pas

Rock - le rocher, bercer, balancer, rupestre, rocher, roc

loud - bruyante, fort

snort - reniflement, renifler, sniffer

indignation - l'indignation, indignation

mind - l'esprit, esprit, raison, intelligence, mémoire

Well, mother was upstairs with father and I was laying the breakfast-table against the captain's return when the parlour door opened and a man stepped in on whom I had never set my eyes before. He was a pale, tallowy creature, wanting two fingers of the left hand, and though he wore a cutlass, he did not look much like a fighter.

laying - pose, (lay) pose

stepped - en escalier, steppe

whom - que, qui

pale - pâle, hâve

tallowy - tallowy

fingers - doigts, pointer, tripoter, doigter

fighter - combattant, lutteur, guerrier, chasseur

I had always my eye open for seafaring men, with one leg or two, and I remember this one puzzled me. He was not sailorly, and yet he had a smack of the sea about him too.

puzzled - perplexe, mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete, jeu de patience

sailorly - marin

Smack - la gifle, relent

I asked him what was for his service, and he said he would take rum; but as I was going out of the room to fetch it, he sat down upon a table and motioned me to draw near. I paused where I was, with my napkin in my hand.

service - service, messe

fetch - chercher, apporter, aveignez, amener, aveignent, apportons

motioned - proposé, mouvement, motion

draw near - s'approcher

paused - en pause, pauser, pause

napkin - serviette de table, serviette

"Come here, sonny," says he. "Come nearer here."

sonny - sonny, fiston

I took a step nearer.

step - étape, marche

"Is this here table for my mate Bill?" he asked with a kind of leer.

this here - Ceci ici

leer - leer, regard mauvais, (lee) leer

I told him I did not know his mate Bill, and this was for a person who stayed in our house whom we called the captain.

"Well," said he, "my mate Bill would be called the captain, as like as not. He has a cut on one cheek and a mighty pleasant way with him, particularly in drink, has my mate Bill. We'll put it, for argument like, that your captain has a cut on one cheek-and we'll put it, if you like, that that cheek's the right one. Ah, well! I told you. Now, is my mate Bill in this here house?"

mighty - puissant

particularly - en particulier

I told him he was out walking.

"Which way, sonny? Which way is he gone?"

And when I had pointed out the rock and told him how the captain was likely to return, and how soon, and answered a few other questions, "Ah," said he, "this'll be as good as drink to my mate Bill."

drink to - boire a

The expression of his face as he said these words was not at all pleasant, and I had my own reasons for thinking that the stranger was mistaken, even supposing he meant what he said. But it was no affair of mine, I thought; and besides, it was difficult to know what to do. The stranger kept hanging about just inside the inn door, peering round the corner like a cat waiting for a mouse.

expression - expression

Stranger - étranger, (strang) étranger

supposing - supposer, supposant, (suppose), imaginer

affair - affaire, aventure, liaison

mine - la mienne, mienne, miniere

besides - d'ailleurs, aupres

hanging about - en train de traîner

inside - a l'intérieur, intérieur, dedans, au-dedans, la-dedans

peering - peering, pair

round the corner - au coin de la rue

Once I stepped out myself into the road, but he immediately called me back, and as I did not obey quick enough for his fancy, a most horrible change came over his tallowy face, and he ordered me in with an oath that made me jump.

stepped out - sorti

myself - moi-meme, me, m'

immediately - immédiatement, tout de suite, aussitôt

obey - obéir, obtempérer

fancy - fantaisie, imaginer, songer

most horrible - le plus horrible

jump - sauter, sautent, sautiller, sautons, félure

As soon as I was back again he returned to his former manner, half fawning, half sneering, patted me on the shoulder, told me I was a good boy and he had taken quite a fancy to me. "I have a son of my own," said he, "as like you as two blocks, and he's all the pride of my 'art. But the great thing for boys is discipline, sonny-discipline.

former - ancien, ancienne, ci devant

manner - maniere, maniere, façon, mode

sneering - ricaner, ricaneur, gouailleur, (sneer)

patted - tapoté, petite tape

blocks - blocs, bloc

pride - l'orgueil, orgueil, fierté

discipline - discipline, pénalité, branche

Now, if you had sailed along of Bill, you wouldn't have stood there to be spoke to twice-not you. That was never Bill's way, nor the way of sich as sailed with him. And here, sure enough, is my mate Bill, with a spy-glass under his arm, bless his old 'art, to be sure.

sure enough - Assurément

spy - espion, espionne, espionner

bless - bénir, bénis, bénissez, bénissent, bénissons

You and me'll just go back into the parlour, sonny, and get behind the door, and we'll give Bill a little surprise-bless his 'art, I say again."

surprise - surprise, surprendre, étonner

So saying, the stranger backed along with me into the parlour and put me behind him in the corner so that we were both hidden by the open door. I was very uneasy and alarmed, as you may fancy, and it rather added to my fears to observe that the stranger was certainly frightened himself.

hidden - caché, (se) cacher

uneasy - mal a l'aise, inquiet

alarmed - alarmé, alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, fr

fears - des craintes, peur

observe - observer, remarquer, respecter, garder

Certainly - certainement, surement, sans nul doute, sans aucun doute

He cleared the hilt of his cutlass and loosened the blade in the sheath; and all the time we were waiting there he kept swallowing as if he felt what we used to call a lump in the throat.

cleared - autorisé, clair, transparent, libre, dégagé

hilt - hilt, poignée

loosened - desserré, desserrer

blade - lame

sheath - gaine

swallowing - avaler

lump - lump, masse, tas, protubérance, renflement

throat - gorge, goulot

At last in strode the captain, slammed the door behind him, without looking to the right or left, and marched straight across the room to where his breakfast awaited him.

slammed - claquée, claquer

straight - droit, rectiligne, comme il faut, pur, pure, hétéro, tout droit

awaited - attendue, attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter

"Bill," said the stranger in a voice that I thought he had tried to make bold and big.

bold - audacieux, gros, épais

The captain spun round on his heel and fronted us; all the brown had gone out of his face, and even his nose was blue; he had the look of a man who sees a ghost, or the evil one, or something worse, if anything can be; and upon my word, I felt sorry to see him all in a moment turn so old and sick.

spun round - tourner en rond

heel - talon, alinéa

gone out - sorti

ghost - fantôme, spectre, esprit, revenant

evil - le mal, mauvais, torve

"Come, Bill, you know me; you know an old shipmate, Bill, surely," said the stranger.

shipmate - compagnon de route

surely - surement, surement, assurément

The captain made a sort of gasp.

gasp - haletant, retenir son souffle, haleter, ahaner, haletement

"Black Dog!" said he.

"And who else?" returned the other, getting more at his ease. "Black Dog as ever was, come for to see his old shipmate Billy, at the Admiral Benbow inn. Ah, Bill, Bill, we have seen a sight of times, us two, since I lost them two talons," holding up his mutilated hand.

ease - l'aisance, facilité, repos, abaisser, abréger, amoindrir

sight - vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur

talons - talons, serre, griffe

holding up - Retarder

mutilated - mutilés, mutiler

"Now, look here," said the captain; "you've run me down; here I am; well, then, speak up; what is it?"

look here - regarder ici

speak up - parler

"That's you, Bill," returned Black Dog, "you're in the right of it, Billy. I'll have a glass of rum from this dear child here, as I've took such a liking to; and we'll sit down, if you please, and talk square, like old shipmates."

square - carré, équerre, place, case, carreau, rench: perpendiculaire a

When I returned with the rum, they were already seated on either side of the captain's breakfast-table-Black Dog next to the door and sitting sideways so as to have one eye on his old shipmate and one, as I thought, on his retreat.

seated - assis, place, siege, assise, séant, fond

either - chaque, non plus, ou, soit

side - côté, parti, flanc

retreat - retraite

He bade me go and leave the door wide open. "None of your keyholes for me, sonny," he said; and I left them together and retired into the bar.

wide - large

keyholes - trous de serrure, trou de la serrure

retired - a la retraite, prendre sa retraite

bar - bar, barrent, barrons, barrer, barrez, tringle

For a long time, though I certainly did my best to listen, I could hear nothing but a low gattling; but at last the voices began to grow higher, and I could pick up a word or two, mostly oaths, from the captain.

gattling - la crémaillere

pick - pioche, passeartout, choix, écran, prendre, cueillir, choisir

oaths - serments, serment, juron, jurer

"No, no, no, no; and an end of it!" he cried once. And again, "If it comes to swinging, swing all, say I."

swing - swing, osciller, se balancer, swinguer, pendre, changer

Then all of a sudden there was a tremendous explosion of oaths and other noises-the chair and table went over in a lump, a clash of steel followed, and then a cry of pain, and the next instant I saw Black Dog in full flight, and the captain hotly pursuing, both with drawn cutlasses, and the former streaming blood from the left shoulder.

tremendous - formidable

explosion - explosion

noises - bruits, bruit, vacarme, brouhaha, boucan, tintamarre

clash - clash, fracas, cliquetis, échauffourée, escarmouche

of steel - d'acier

cry of pain - un cri de douleur

hotly - chaudement

pursuing - poursuivre, poursuivant, (pursue), rechercher

cutlasses - les couteaux, sabre d'abordage

streaming - streaming, (stream), ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant

Just at the door the captain aimed at the fugitive one last tremendous cut, which would certainly have split him to the chine had it not been intercepted by our big signboard of Admiral Benbow. You may see the notch on the lower side of the frame to this day.

aimed - visé, viser, pointer

fugitive - fugitif, fugitive, éphémere, fuyant

split - divisé, fissure, division, fragment, morceau, grand écart

chine - chine

intercepted - intercepté, intercepter

notch - entaille, encoche, cran

lower - plus bas, abaisser, en privé, rabattre, baissent

frame - encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature, image, manche, frame, trame

That blow was the last of the battle. Once out upon the road, Black Dog, in spite of his wound, showed a wonderful clean pair of heels and disappeared over the edge of the hill in half a minute. The captain, for his part, stood staring at the signboard like a bewildered man. Then he passed his hand over his eyes several times and at last turned back into the house.

spite - dépit, rancune

wound - blessons, blessent, blessez, blessure, blesser

heels - talons, talon

disappeared - a disparu, disparaître

edge - bord, côté, arete, carre

Hill - hill, colline, côte

bewildered - déconcertés, abasourdir, confondre, déconcerter, dérouter

passed - passé, passer (devant), dépasser

several - plusieurs

"Jim," says he, "rum"; and as he spoke, he reeled a little, and caught himself with one hand against the wall.

caught - pris, prise, touche, loquet, loqueteau, verrou, hic, couille

"Are you hurt?" cried I.

hurt - faire mal, blesser, blessé

"Rum," he repeated. "I must get away from here. Rum! Rum!"

I ran to fetch it, but I was quite unsteadied by all that had fallen out, and I broke one glass and fouled the tap, and while I was still getting in my own way, I heard a loud fall in the parlour, and running in, beheld the captain lying full length upon the floor. At the same instant my mother, alarmed by the cries and fighting, came running downstairs to help me. Between us we raised his head.

unsteadied - instable, branlant, fébrile

fallen out - tomber

fouled - faute, infect, immonde

tap - robinet, forer, toucher, rencontrer

beheld - a été observée, regarder, voir, observer, voici, voila

lying - gisant, sis, mentant, (lie) gisant

full length - pleine longueur

cries - pleure, pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri

fighting - combattre, combat, bagarre, (fight) combattre

raised - soulevée, (sou)lever

He was breathing very loud and hard, but his eyes were closed and his face a horrible colour.

breathing - respirer, respiration, (breath), souffle, haleine

horrible - horrible, affreux, épouvantable

"Dear, deary me," cried my mother, "what a disgrace upon the house! And your poor father sick!"

deary - deary

disgrace - la disgrâce, honte, disgrâce, ignominie

In the meantime, we had no idea what to do to help the captain, nor any other thought but that he had got his death-hurt in the scuffle with the stranger. I got the rum, to be sure, and tried to put it down his throat, but his teeth were tightly shut and his jaws as strong as iron. It was a happy relief for us when the door opened and Doctor Livesey came in, on his visit to my father.

scuffle - échauffourée, combat

tightly - étanche, fermement

shut - fermé, fermer

jaws - mâchoires, mâchoire

iron - le fer, fer, repasser

relief - secours, allégement, relief, soulagement

"Oh, doctor," we cried, "what shall we do? Where is he wounded?"

"Wounded? A fiddle-stick's end!" said the doctor. "No more wounded than you or I. The man has had a stroke, as I warned him. Now, Mrs. Hawkins, just you run upstairs to your husband and tell him, if possible, nothing about it. For my part, I must do my best to save this fellow's trebly worthless life; Jim, you get me a basin."

fiddle - violon, tripoter

stroke - accident vasculaire cérébral, caresser

warned - averti, avertir, alerter, prévenir

if possible - si possible

save - sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger

trebly - trebly

worthless - sans valeur, ne vaut rien, misérable, nul

basin - bassin, cuvette, bassine, lavabo

When I got back with the basin, the doctor had already ripped up the captain's sleeve and exposed his great sinewy arm. It was tattooed in several places. "Here's luck," "A fair wind," and "Billy Bones his fancy," were very neatly and clearly executed on the forearm; and up near the shoulder there was a sketch of a gallows and a man hanging from it-done, as I thought, with great spirit.

ripped - déchiré, (se) déchirer

sleeve - manche, chemise (inner), gaine (outer), manchon

exposed - exposée, exposer, dénoncer

tattooed - tatoué, tatouer

luck - la chance, chance, veine

bones - os

neatly - proprement, élégamment

Clearly - en clair, clairement

executed - exécuté, exécuter, mettre a mort

forearm - l'avant-bras, avant-bras

sketch - croquis, croquer, esquisser, esquisse, ébauche, sketch

gallows - la potence, potence, (gallow) la potence

spirit - l'esprit, esprit, moral, élan, spiritueux

"Prophetic," said the doctor, touching this picture with his finger. "And now, Master Billy Bones, if that be your name, we'll have a look at the colour of your blood. Jim," he said, "are you afraid of blood?"

prophetic - prophétique

finger - doigt, pointer, tripoter, doigter

Master - maître, patron, maîtriser, maitre, maîtrisent

"No, sir," said I.

"Well, then," said he, "you hold the basin"; and with that he took his lancet and opened a vein.

hold - tenir, stopper, tiens, tiennent, tenons

lancet - lancette

vein - veine

A great deal of blood was taken before the captain opened his eyes and looked mistily about him. First he recognized the doctor with an unmistakable frown; then his glance fell upon me, and he looked relieved. But suddenly his colour changed, and he tried to raise himself, crying, "Where's Black Dog?"

mistily - malicieusement

recognized - reconnu, reconnaître

frown - froncer les sourcils

glance - regard, jeter un coup d’oil

relieved - soulagé, soulager, relayer, faire ses besoins, se soulager

raise - augmenter, levent, arborent, entonner, levez, élever, levons

crying - pleurer, pleur, (cry), crier, hurler, gueuler

"There is no Black Dog here," said the doctor, "except what you have on your own back. You have been drinking rum; you have had a stroke, precisely as I told you; and I have just, very much against my own will, dragged you headforemost out of the grave. Now, Mr. Bones-"

Except - sauf, faire une exception

precisely - précisément

dragged - traîné, tirer, entraîner

headforemost - avant tout

Mr - monsieur

"That's not my name," he interrupted.

interrupted - interrompu, interrompre, couper

"Much I care," returned the doctor. "It's the name of a buccaneer of my acquaintance; and I call you by it for the sake of shortness, and what I have to say to you is this; one glass of rum won't kill you, but if you take one you'll take another and another, and I stake my wig if you don't break off short, you'll die-do you understand that?-die, and go to your own place, like the man in the Bible.

care - soins, s'occuper, soin, souci

acquaintance - une connaissance, relation

sake - du saké, dans l'intéret de qqn

shortness - manque de souffle, exiguité

kill - tuer, tuent, tuons, dézinguer, tuez

stake - enjeu, pieu, pal, tuteur, jalon

wig - perruque

break off - se détacher

Bible - la bible, Bible

Come, now, make an effort. I'll help you to your bed for once."

effort - l'effort, effort

Between us, with much trouble, we managed to hoist him upstairs, and laid him on his bed, where his head fell back on the pillow as if he were almost fainting.

trouble - des problemes, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, checksouci

managed - gérée, gérer, ménager, diriger, manier, parvenir, réussir

Hoist - treuil, hisser

laid - posé, poser

pillow - oreiller, tetiere

Fainting - l'évanouissement, syncope

"Now, Mind you," said the doctor, "I clear my conscience-the name of rum for you is death."

Mind you - Attention

conscience - conscience

And with that he went off to see my father, taking me with him by the arm.

"This is nothing," he said as soon as he had closed the door. "I have drawn blood enough to keep him quiet awhile; he should lie for a week where he is-that is the best thing for him and you; but another stroke would settle him."

awhile - pendant ce temps, un moment, un peu, un instant

settle - régler, décréter

Chapter 3. The black spot

black spot - point noir

ABOUT noon I stopped at the captain's door with some cooling drinks and medicines. He was lying very much as we had left him, only a little higher, and he seemed both weak and excited.

noon - midi

medicines - médicaments, médicament

weak - faible, débile

"Jim," he said, "you're the only one here that's worth anything, and you know I've been always good to you. Never a month but I've given you a silver fourpenny for yourself. And now you see, mate, I'm pretty low, and deserted by all; and Jim, you'll bring me one noggin of rum, now, won't you, matey?"

worth - valeur

deserted - désertée, abandonner

"The doctor-" I began.

But he broke in cursing the doctor, in a feeble voice but heartily. "Doctors is all swabs," he said; "and that doctor there, why, what do he know about seafaring men? I been in places hot as pitch, and mates dropping round with Yellow Jack, and the blessed land a-heaving like the sea with earthquakes-what to the doctor know of lands like that?-and I lived on rum, I tell you.

cursing - maudissant, (curs) maudissant

feeble - faible

heartily - chaleureusement

pitch - de l'emplacement, dresser

mates - les copains, (s')accoupler

dropping - de la chute, crotte, fiente, (drop) de la chute

Jack - Jeannot, Jacques, Jacob, Jack

blessed - bienheureux, béni, (bless)

heaving - le déchaussement, (heave), hisser

earthquakes - les tremblements de terre, tremblement de terre, séisme

It's been meat and drink, and man and wife, to me; and if I'm not to have my rum now I'm a poor old hulk on a lee shore, my blood'll be on you, Jim, and that doctor swab"; and he ran on again for a while with curses. "Look, Jim, how my fingers fidges," he continued in the pleading tone. "I can't keep 'em still, not I. I haven't had a drop this blessed day. That doctor's a fool, I tell you.

hulk - hulk, carcasse

Lee - lee, côté sous le vent

shore - rivage, riverain, parages, bord, rive, borde

curses - des malédictions, maudire

pleading - plaidoyer, (plead), plaider

drop - chute, goutte, tomber

fool - idiot, dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper

If I don't have a drain o'rum, Jim, I'll have the horrors; I seen some on 'em already. I seen old Flint in the corner there, behind you; as plain as print, I seen him; and if I get the horrors, I'm a man that has lived rough, and I'll raise Cain. Your doctor hisself said one glass wouldn't hurt me. I'll give you a golden guinea for a noggin, Jim."

drain - vidange, drain, bonde, hémorragie, gouffre, drainer

horrors - des horreurs, horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion

Flint - flint, silex, pierre a fusil, pierre a briquet

print - imprimer, imprimé, empreinte, estampe

rough - rude, rugueux, brut, approximatif, difficile, brutal, ébaucher

raise Cain - Faire un grand vacarme

hisself - lui-meme

guinea - Guinée

He was growing more and more excited, and this alarmed me for my father, who was very low that day and needed quiet; besides, I was reassured by the doctor's words, now quoted to me, and rather offended by the offer of a bribe.

more excited - plus excité

reassured - rassuré, tranquilliser, rassurer, réassurer

quoted - cité, citation, guillemet, devis, cotation, citer, deviser

offended - offensée, offenser, déplaire, blesser, fr

bribe - pot-de-vin, verser un pot-de-vin, soudoyer, corrompre

"I want none of your money," said I, "but what you owe my father. I'll get you one glass, and no more."

owe - doit, devoir

When I brought it to him, he seized it greedily and drank it out.

seized - saisi, saisir

greedily - avec avidité, avidement

"Aye, aye," said he, "that's some better, sure enough. And now, matey, did that doctor say how long I was to lie here in this old berth?"

Aye - oui

"A week at least," said I.

"Thunder!" he cried. "A week! I can't do that; they'd have the black spot on me by then. The lubbers is going about to get the wind of me this blessed moment; lubbers as couldn't keep what they got, and want to nail what is another's. Is that seamanly behaviour, now, I want to know? But I'm a saving soul. I never wasted good money of mine, nor lost it neither; and I'll trick 'em again.

thunder - le tonnerre, tonnerre, tonitruer

spot - spot, tache, bouton, peu, endroit, zone, détecter, trouver

nail - clou, ongle, enclouer, clouer, caboche

seamanly - matelot

behaviour - manieres

saving - sauver, économie, épargne, (save), sauvegarder

soul - âme

wasted - gaspillé, gaspiller

neither - ni l'un ni l'autre, aucun des deux, ni X ni Y, non plus

trick - tour, astuce, truc, rench: t-needed r, pli, levée, quart, duper

I'm not afraid on 'em. I'll shake out another reef, matey, and daddle 'em again."

shake out - secouer

reef - récif, écueil

daddle - daddle

As he was thus speaking, he had risen from bed with great difficulty, holding to my shoulder with a grip that almost made me cry out, and moving his legs like so much dead weight. His words, spirited as they were in meaning, contrasted sadly with the weakness of the voice in which they were uttered. He paused when he had got into a sitting position on the edge.

thus - donc, ainsi, tellement, pour cette raison, également

difficulty - difficulté

holding - en attente, possession, (hold) en attente

grip - poignée, ballot, grippe, saisir, agripper, préhension

cry - pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri

dead weight - poids mort

spirited - fougueux, esprit, moral, élan

contrasted - contrastées, contraste, contraster

sadly - tristement, malheureusement

weakness - faiblesse, point faible

uttered - prononcée, complet, total

position - position, poste

"That doctor's done me," he murmured. "My ears is singing. Lay me back."

murmured - murmuré, murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer

lay - laique, pondre, pose

Before I could do much to help him he had fallen back again to his former place, where he lay for a while silent.

fallen back - se replier

"Jim," he said at length, "you saw that seafaring man today?"

Length - longueur, durée

"Black Dog?" I asked.

"Ah! Black Dog," says he. "He's a bad un; but there's worse that put him on. Now, if I can't get away nohow, and they tip me the black spot, mind you, it's my old sea-chest they're after; you get on a horse-you can, can't you? Well, then, you get on a horse, and go to-well, yes, I will!

un - un, ONU

nohow - comment

tip - pourboire, pronostic, indication, terminaison

-to that eternal doctor swab, and tell him to pipe all hands-magistrates and sich-and he'll lay 'em aboard at the Admiral Benbow-all old Flint's crew, man and boy, all on 'em that's left. I was first mate, I was, old Flint's first mate, and I'm the on'y one as knows the place. He gave it me at Savannah, when he lay a-dying, like as if I was to now, you see.

magistrates - magistrats, magistrat

aboard - a bord, a bord, a bord de

crew - l'équipage, équipage

Savannah - savannah, savane

dying - teignant, mourant, (dye) teignant

But you won't peach unless they get the black spot on me, or unless you see that Black Dog again or a seafaring man with one leg, Jim-him above all."

peach - peche

Unless - a moins que, a moins que, sauf si

"But what is the black spot, captain?" I asked.

"That's a summons, mate. I'll tell you if they get that. But you keep your weather-eye open, Jim, and I'll share with you equals, upon my honour."

summons - convoque, convocation, (summon) convoque

equals - égaux, égal, égaler a, égale

He wandered a little longer, his voice growing weaker; but soon after I had given him his medicine, which he took like a child, with the remark, "If ever a seaman wanted drugs, It's me," he fell at last into a heavy, swoon-like sleep, in which I left him. What I should have done had all gone well I do not know.

wandered - erré, errer, vaguer, divaguer

weaker - plus faible, faible, débile

Medicine - la médecine, médicament, officinal, médecine

drugs - des drogues, médicament

It's me - C'est moi

swoon - se pâmer, s'évanouir

Probably I should have told the whole story to the doctor, for I was in mortal fear lest the captain should repent of his confessions and make an end of me. But as things fell out, my poor father died quite suddenly that evening, which put all other matters on one side.

mortal fear - peur mortelle

repent - se repentir, repentir, repentez, repentons, repentent

confessions - des aveux, confession

fell out - Tomber

matters - questions, matiere, affaire, question, cause

Our natural distress, the visits of the neighbours, the arranging of the funeral, and all the work of the inn to be carried on in the meanwhile kept me so busy that I had scarcely time to think of the captain, far less to be afraid of him.

distress - la détresse, détresse

arranging - l'organisation, arranger, organiser

funeral - funérailles, obseques

Meanwhile - pendant ce temps

He got downstairs next morning, to be sure, and had his meals as usual, though he ate little and had more, I am afraid, than his usual supply of rum, for he helped himself out of the bar, scowling and blowing through his nose, and no one dared to cross him.

supply - l'approvisionnement, livraison, fournir, pourvoir, provision

scowling - se renfrogner, (scowl) se renfrogner

blowing - souffler, coup

dared - osé, oser

Cross - croix, signe de croix, direct du bras arriere, transversal

On the night before the funeral he was as drunk as ever; and it was shocking, in that house of mourning, to hear him singing away at his ugly old sea-song; but weak as he was, we were all in the fear of death for him, and the doctor was suddenly taken up with a case many miles away and was never near the house after my father's death.

shocking - choquant, choc

mourning - le deuil, deuil, (mourn), déplorer, porter le deuil

ugly - laid, moche, vilain

taken up - pris en charge

case - cas, affaire, fouille, étui, chose

I have said the captain was weak, and indeed he seemed rather to grow weaker than regain his strength. He clambered up and down stairs, and went from the parlour to the bar and back again, and sometimes put his nose out of doors to smell the sea, holding on to the walls as he went for support and breathing hard and fast like a man on a steep mountain.

regain - retrouver, reconquérir, reprendre

strength - la force, force, vigueur, effectif, point fort

clambered - escaladé, grimper

stairs - escaliers, marche, escalier, volée

out of doors - a l'extérieur

smell - odeur, parfum, gout, odorat, sentir, humer

holding on - Tenir bon

support - soutien, soutenez, appuyez, appuyons, appuyent, soutiens

steep - raide

He never particularly addressed me, and it is my belief he had as good as forgotten his confidences; but his temper was more flighty, and allowing for his bodily weakness, more violent than ever. He had an alarming way now when he was drunk of drawing his cutlass and laying it bare before him on the table.

belief - croyance, conviction, foi

confidences - des confidences, assurance, confiance en soi, confiance

temper - caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit

more flighty - plus volage

allowing - permettant, laisser, accorder, permettre

bodily - corporel

more violent - plus violent

alarming - alarmante, alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, fr

bare - a nu, dénudé, dégarnir, nu

But with all that, he minded people less and seemed shut up in his own thoughts and rather wandering. Once, for instance, to our extreme wonder, he piped up to a different air, a kind of country love-song that he must have learned in his youth before he had begun to follow the sea.

minded - mentales, esprit, t+raison, t+intelligence, mémoire

thoughts - réflexions, idée, pensée

wandering - l'errance, errement, errance, divagation, (wander), errer

instance - instance

extreme - extreme, extreme, excessif, excessive

wonder - merveille, se demander, conjecturer

piped - canalisations, pépin

love-song - (love-song) chanson d'amour

So things passed until, the day after the funeral, and about three o'clock of a bitter, foggy, frosty afternoon, I was standing at the door for a moment, full of sad thoughts about my father, when I saw someone drawing slowly near along the road.

foggy - brumeux, embrumé, engourdi

He was plainly blind, for he tapped before him with a stick and wore a great green shade over his eyes and nose; and he was hunched, as if with age or weakness, and wore a huge old tattered sea-cloak with a hood that made him appear positively deformed. I never saw in my life a more dreadful-looking figure.

plainly - en toute clarté, simplement, clairement

blind - aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind, aveugler

tapped - taraudé, petit coup

shade - ombre, store, nuance, ton, esprit, ombrager, faire de l'ombre

hunched - courbée, bosse, intuition, pressentiment, se vouter

huge - énorme

cloak - cape, pelisse, pelerine

hood - capot, capuchon, couverture

appear - apparaître, sembler

positively - positivement

deformed - déformé, déformer

figure - figure, forme, personnage, personnalité, chiffre

He stopped a little from the inn, and raising his voice in an odd sing-song, addressed the air in front of him, "Will any kind friend inform a poor blind man, who has lost the precious sight of his eyes in the gracious defence of his native country, England-and God bless King George!-where or in what part of this country he may now be?"

odd - rench: t-needed r, bizarre, étrange, impair, a peu pres

inform - informer, renseignent, faire savoir, renseignons, informez

blind man - un aveugle

precious - précieux

defence - la défense, défense

native country - pays d'origine

king - roi, dame

"You are at the Admiral Benbow, Black Hill Cove, my good man," said I.

"I hear a voice," said he, "a young voice. Will you give me your hand, my kind young friend, and lead me in?"

lead - du plomb

I held out my hand, and the horrible, soft-spoken, eyeless creature gripped it in a moment like a vise. I was so much startled that I struggled to withdraw, but the blind man pulled me close up to him with a single action of his arm.

soft - souple, moelleux, alcoolsans, mou, doux

gripped - saisi, empoigner

vise - étau

startled - surpris, sursauter, surprendre

struggled - en difficulté, lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre

withdraw - se retirer, dégarnir, claustrer

pulled - tiré, tirer, retirer, tirer un coup, influence

close up - de pres

single - seul, célibataire f, célibataire, simple

"Now, boy," he said, "take me in to the captain."

"Sir," said I, "upon my word I dare not."

dare - oser, aventurer

"Oh," he sneered, "that's it! Take me in straight or I'll break your arm."

sneered - ricané, sourire d'un air méprisant

And he gave it, as he spoke, a wrench that made me cry out.

wrench - clé a molette, déménager, clef, clé

"Sir," said I, "it is for yourself I mean. The captain is not what he used to be. He sits with a drawn cutlass. Another gentleman-"

"Come, now, march," interrupted he; and I never heard a voice so cruel, and cold, and ugly as that blind man's. It cowed me more than the pain, and I began to obey him at once, walking straight in at the door and towards the parlour, where our sick old buccaneer was sitting, dazed with rum.

cruel - cruel

pain - douleur, mal, diuleur

dazed - étourdi, stupéfaction, étourdir, abasourdir

The blind man clung close to me, holding me in one iron fist and leaning almost more of his weight on me than I could carry. "Lead me straight up to him, and when I'm in view, cry out, 'Here's a friend for you, Bill.'If you don't, I'll do this," and with that he gave me a twitch that I thought would have made me faint.

clung - s'est accroché, s'accrocher (a)

fist - poing

leaning - penchant, adossant, (lean) penchant

weight - poids, lest, graisse, alourdir, lester, appesantir

lead - plomb, guider, conduire, mener

straight up - directement

view - vue, vision, regard, point de vue, opinion, regarder

twitch - twitch, donner, avoir un mouvement convulsif

faint - évanouissement, s'évanouir, défailles, défaillez, défaillir

Between this and that, I was so utterly terrified of the blind beggar that I forgot my terror of the captain, and as I opened the parlour door, cried out the words he had ordered in a trembling voice.

utterly - tout a fait

beggar - gueux, mendiant, mendiante, queteux

The poor captain raised his eyes, and at one look the rum went out of him and left him staring sober. The expression of his face was not so much of terror as of mortal sickness. He made a movement to rise, but I do not believe he had enough force left in his body.

sober - sobre, cuver

mortal - mortel, mortelle

sickness - maladie

movement - mouvement

rise - hausse, remonte, élévation, débout, surcroît

"Now, Bill, sit where you are," said the beggar. "If I can't see, I can hear a finger stirring. Business is business. hold out your left hand. Boy, take his left hand by the wrist and bring it near to my right."

stirring - l'agitation, passionnant

hold out - tenir le coup

wrist - poignet

We both obeyed him to the letter, and I saw him pass something from the hollow of the hand that held his stick into the palm of the captain's, which closed upon it instantly.

pass - passer, doubler, passe, dépasser, passez, passons, passage

hollow - creux, cavez, caver, cavent, cavons

stick into - Enfoncer dans

instantly - instantanément, instamment

"And now that's done," said the blind man; and at the words he suddenly left hold of me, and with incredible accuracy and nimbleness, skipped out of the parlour and into the road, where, as I still stood motionless, I could hear his stick go tap-tap-tapping into the distance.

accuracy - l'exactitude, exactitude, précision

skipped - sauté, sautiller

motionless - immobile

tapping - l'écoute, (tap) l'écoute

distance - distance, éloigner, checks'éloigner

It was some time before either I or the captain seemed to gather our senses, but at length, and about at the same moment, I released his wrist, which I was still holding, and he drew in his hand and looked sharply into the palm.

gather - rassembler, ramasser, recueillir, déduire

senses - sens, acception, sentir

released - libéré, libérer

sharply - brusquement

"Ten o'clock!" he cried. "Six hours. We'll do them yet," and he sprang to his feet.

Even as he did so, he reeled, put his hand to his throat, stood swaying for a moment, and then, with a peculiar sound, fell from his whole height face foremost to the floor.

swaying - se balancer, (sway), autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance

peculiar - particulier, extraordinaire, bizarre, curieux

height - hauteur, taille

foremost - avant tout

I ran to him at once, calling to my mother. But haste was all in vain. The captain had been struck dead by thundering apoplexy. It is a curious thing to understand, for I had certainly never liked the man, though of late I had begun to pity him, but as soon as I saw that he was dead, I burst into a flood of tears.

haste - hâte

in vain - en vain

struck - frappé, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre

thundering - le tonnerre, tonitruant, tonitruante, (thunder), tonnerre

Apoplexy - apoplexie

Curious - vous etes curieux, curieux, intéressant, singulier

burst - l'éclatement, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser

flood - inondation, inonder, submerger, noyer

Tears - des larmes, larme

It was the second death I had known, and the sorrow of the first was still fresh in my heart.

sorrow - peine, chagrin

fresh - frais

Chapter 4. The Sea-chest

I LOST no time, of course, in telling my mother all that I knew, and perhaps should have told her long before, and we saw ourselves at once in a difficult and dangerous position.

Perhaps - peut-etre, peut-etre, possiblement

ourselves - nous-memes, nous-meme

Some of the man's money-if he had any-was certainly due to us, but it was not likely that our captain's shipmates, above all the two specimens seen by me, Black Dog and the blind beggar, would be inclined to give up their booty in payment of the dead man's debts.

due - due, du

specimens - spécimens, spécimen, exemple

be inclined - etre enclin

booty - cul, butin

payment - paiement, payement

debts - des dettes, dette

The captain's order to mount at once and ride for Doctor Livesey would have left my mother alone and unprotected, which was not to be thought of. Indeed, it seemed impossible for either of us to remain much longer in the house; the fall of coals in the kitchen grate, the very ticking of the clock, filled us with alarms.

mount - monter, montent, montez, montons

alone - seul

impossible - impossible, insupportable

remain - reste, rester, demeurer

coals - charbons, charbon, houille, tisons-p, fr

grate - grilles, grille, crisser, grincer, râper

ticking - tic-tac, (tic), tic

The neighbourhood, to our ears, seemed haunted by approaching footsteps; and what between the dead body of the captain on the parlour floor and the thought of that detestable blind beggar hovering near at hand and ready to return, there were moments when, as the saying goes, I jumped in my skin for terror.

neighbourhood - quartier

approaching - en approche, (s')approcher (de)

Footsteps - des pas, empreinte, trace de pas, pas, bruit de pas, marche

dead body - un corps

detestable - détestable

hovering - en vol stationnaire, éventiller, faire du sur-place, hésiter

jumped - a sauté, (faire) sauter

skin - la peau, peau, apparence, écorcher, égratigner, dépouiller

Something must speedily be resolved upon, and it occurred to us at last to go forth together and seek help in the neighbouring hamlet. No sooner said than done. Bare-headed as we were, we ran out at once in the gathering evening and the frosty fog.

speedily - rapidement

resolved - résolu, prendre la résolution de

seek - chercher

gathering - rassemblement, cueillant, amassant, ramassage

The hamlet lay not many hundred yards away, though out of view, on the other side of the next cove; and what greatly encouraged me, it was in an opposite direction from that whence the blind man had made his appearance and whither he had presumably returned. We were not many minutes on the road, though we sometimes stopped to lay hold of each other and hearken.

encouraged - encouragé, encourager

opposite direction - dans la direction opposée

whence - pourquoi, d'ou

whither - ou

presumably - vraisemblablement

But there was no unusual sound-nothing but the low wash of the ripple and the croaking of the inmates of the wood.

unusual - inhabituel, insolite, inusuel

croaking - croassement, (croak), coassement, coasser, croasser, crever

inmates - détenus, détenu, détenue, codétenu, codétenue, résident

It was already candle-light when we reached the hamlet, and I shall never forget how much I was cheered to see the yellow shine in doors and windows; but that, as it proved, was the best of the help we were likely to get in that quarter. For-you would have thought men would have been ashamed of themselves-no soul would consent to return with us to the Admiral Benbow.

candle - bougie, chandelle

reached - atteint, arriver/parvenir a

cheered - acclamé, acclamation(s)

shine - briller, reluisons, reluisez, reluisent, reluire

proved - prouvé, prouver

ashamed - honteux

themselves - eux-memes, se, eux-memes, elles-memes

consent - consentir, approuver, agréer, consentement, approbation

The more we told of our troubles, the more-man, woman, and child-they clung to the shelter of their houses. The name of Captain Flint, though it was strange to me, was well enough known to some there and carried a great weight of terror.

troubles - des problemes, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, fr

clung to - a laquelle il s'est accroché

shelter - l'abri, abri, refuge, abriter

strange - étrange, anormal, inconnu, étranger

Some of the men who had been to field-work on the far side of the Admiral Benbow remembered, besides, to have seen several strangers on the road, and taking them to be smugglers, to have bolted away; and one at least had seen a little lugger in what we called Kitt's Hole. For that matter, anyone who was a comrade of the captain's was enough to frighten them to death.

field-work - (field-work) le travail de terrain

smugglers - des contrebandiers, contrebandier, contrebandiere

bolted - boulonné, verrou

lugger - lugger

hole - trou, réduit, fosse

comrade - camarade f, camarade

frighten - effrayer, redouter, terrifier

And the short and the long of the matter was, that while we could get several who were willing enough to ride to Dr. Livesey's, which lay in another direction, not one would help us to defend the inn.

lay in - s'allonger

direction - direction

defend - défendre

They say cowardice is infectious; but then argument is, on the other hand, a great emboldener; and so when each had said his say, my mother made them a speech. She would not, she declared, lose money that belonged to her fatherless boy; "If none of the rest of you dare," she said, "Jim and I dare. Back we will go, the way we came, and small thanks to you big, hulking, chicken-hearted men.

cowardice - lâcheté, couardise

infectious - infectieux

emboldener - emboldener

Speech - parole, discours

declared - déclarée, expliquer, déclarer

belonged - a appartenu, appartenir a

hulking - imposant, carcasse

hearted - cour

We'll have that chest open, if we die for it. And I'll thank you for that bag, Mrs. Crossley, to bring back our lawful money in."

lawful - légale, légal

Of course I said I would go with my mother, and of course they all cried out at our foolhardiness, but even then not a man would go along with us. All they would do was to give me a loaded pistol lest we were attacked, and to promise to have horses ready saddled in case we were pursued on our return, while one lad was to ride forward to the doctor's in search of armed assistance.

loaded - chargé, charge, chargement

pistol - pistolet

attacked - attaqué, attaque, attaquer, apostropher

saddled - sellé, selle

pursued - poursuivie, poursuivre, rechercher

lad - lad, garçon, gars, jeune homme, palefrenier

forward - avant, acheminent, acheminer, avanten, acheminons

search - recherche, chercher, fouiller

assistance - l'assistance, assistance

My heart was beating finely when we two set forth in the cold night upon this dangerous venture. A full moon was beginning to rise and peered redly through the upper edges of the fog, and this increased our haste, for it was plain, before we came forth again, that all would be as bright as day, and our departure exposed to the eyes of any watchers.

beating - battre, battage, battement, (beat) battre

finely - finement

set forth - Mettre en avant

Venture - venture, s'aventurer, risquer, oser

full moon - la pleine lune

peered - regardé, pair

redly - rouge

edges - des bords, bord, côté, arete, carre

increased - augmenté, augmenter, croître, accroître, augmentation

departure - départ, déviation

We slipped along the hedges, noiseless and swift, nor did we see or hear anything to increase our terrors, till, to our relief, the door of the Admiral Benbow had closed behind us.

slipped - a glissé, glisser

hedges - des haies, haie

noiseless - sans bruit, silencieux

swift - rapide, martinet, dévidoir

increase - augmenter, croître, accroître, augmentation

terrors - terreurs, terreur, effroi, terrorisme

I slipped the bolt at once, and we stood and panted for a moment in the dark, alone in the house with the dead captain's body. Then my mother got a candle in the bar, and holding each other's hands, we advanced into the parlour. He lay as we had left him, on his back, with his eyes open and one arm stretched out.

bolt - boulon, verrouiller, pene

panted - paniqué, haleter

advanced - avancé, élever, avancer, avancée, progression, progres

stretched - étiré, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

"Draw down the blind, Jim," whispered my mother; "they might come and watch outside. And now," said she when I had done so, "we have to get the key off that; and who's to touch it, I should like to know!" and she gave a kind of sob as she said the words.

whispered - chuchoté, chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer

touch - toucher, émouvoir, contact

sob - sanglot, fdp

I went down on my knees at once. On the floor close to his hand there was a little round of paper, blackened on the one side. I could not doubt that this was the black spot; and taking it up, I found written on the other side, in a very good, clear hand, this short message: "You have till ten tonight."

blackened - noirci, noircir, souiller, salir

doubt - des doutes, douter, doute

"He had till ten, Mother," said I; and just as I said it, our old clock began striking. This sudden noise startled us shockingly; but the news was good, for it was only six.

striking - frappant, éclatant, (strike), biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper

noise - bruit, vacarme, brouhaha, boucan

shockingly - de maniere choquante

"Now, Jim," she said, "that key."

I felt in his pockets, one after another. A few small coins, a thimble, and some thread and big needles, a piece of pigtail tobacco bitten away at the end, his gully with the crooked handle, a pocket compass, and a tinder box were all that they contained, and I began to despair.

pockets - poches, poche, empocher, de poche

coins - pieces de monnaie, piece de monnaie, jeton

thimble - dé a coudre, dé, dé a coudre

thread - fil, processus léger, exétron, fil de discussion, filer

needles - aiguilles, aiguille, saphir, coudre

tobacco - le tabac, tabac

bitten - mordu, mordre, maintenir, garder

gully - ravin, rigole

crooked - tortu, (crook) tortu

handle - poignée, crosse, manions, traiter, manient, maniez

compass - boussole, compas

tinder - tinder, amadou

contained - contenu, contenir

despair - le désespoir, désespérer, désespoir

"Perhaps it's round his neck," suggested my mother.

neck - cou, kiki

suggested - suggéré, proposer, suggérer

Overcoming a strong repugnance, I tore open his shirt at the neck, and there, sure enough, hanging to a bit of tarry string, which I cut with his own gully, we found the key. At this triumph we were filled with hope and hurried upstairs without delay to the little room where he had slept so long and where his box had stood since the day of his arrival.

Overcoming - surmonter, vaincre, envahir

repugnance - répugnance

tore - a la déchirure

string - corde, suite, série, chaîne de caracteres, cordes, cannabis

triumph - triomphe, triomphal

hurried - pressé, précipitation, hâte, dépecher

delay - délai, ajourner, décélération, surseoir, retard, retarder

little room - petite piece

arrival - arrivée, arrivant, arrivante

It was like any other seaman's chest on the outside, the initial "B" burned on the top of it with a hot iron, and the corners somewhat smashed and broken as by long, rough usage.

initial - initial, lettrine, initiale, premiere lettre, parapher

burned - brulé, bruler

top - haut, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune, premiere demi-manche

somewhat - en quelque sorte, assez, quelque peu

smashed - écrasé, smash, fracasser, percuter, écraser

usage - l'utilisation, usage, coutume

"Give me the key," said my mother; and though the lock was very stiff, she had turned it and thrown back the lid in a twinkling.

lock - serrure, clôturer, cerrure, arret, obturer, pene

stiff - rigide, raide, macchabée

thrown back - jeté en arriere

lid - couvercle

twinkling - scintillant, (twinkle), briller, cligner, virevolter

A strong smell of tobacco and tar rose from the interior, but nothing was to be seen on the top except a suit of very good clothes, carefully brushed and folded. They had never been worn, my mother said.

tar - goudron, goudronneuxse

rose - Rose, (rise)

interior - intérieur

suit - complet, costume, tailleur, combinaison, costard, enseigne

carefully - attentivement, soigneusement

brushed - brossé, brosse, brossage, accrochage, brosser

folded - plié, plier

Under that, the miscellany began-a quadrant, a tin canikin, several sticks of tobacco, two brace of very handsome pistols, a piece of bar silver, an old Spanish watch and some other trinkets of little value and mostly of foreign make, a pair of compasses mounted with brass, and five or six curious West Indian shells.

miscellany - des faits divers, miscellanée, mélange, collection

quadrant - quadrant

tin - l'étain, étain, conserve, boîte de conserve, moule, gamelle

canikin - canikin

sticks - bâtons, enfoncer

brace - l'orthese, toise, fiche, doublé, brasser, consolider

handsome - beau

pistols - pistolets, pistolet

trinkets - bibelots, colifichet, bibelot, breloque, babiole, bricole

value - valeur, évaluer, valoriser

foreign - étrangers, étranger, étrangere

A pair of compasses - une paire de boussoles

mounted - monté, monter

Indian - indien, amérindien, Indienne

shells - coquilles, coquille, coquillage, carapace, coque

I have often wondered since why he should have carried about these shells with him in his wandering, guilty, and hunted life.

wondered - s'est demandé, merveille, étonner

guilty - coupable

In the meantime, we had found nothing of any value but the silver and the trinkets, and neither of these were in our way. Underneath there was an old boat-cloak, whitened with sea-salt on many a harbour-bar.

underneath - dessous, en dessous, du dessous, d'en dessous

whitened - blanchi, blanchir

many a - Beaucoup de

harbour - port

My mother pulled it up with impatience, and there lay before us, the last things in the chest, a bundle tied up in oilcloth, and looking like papers, and a canvas bag that gave forth, at a touch, the jingle of gold.

Impatience - impatience

bundle - bundle, faisceau, fagot, paquet, ballot (of goods)

tied - attachée, attacher

oilcloth - toile cirée

canvas - toile, canevas

"I'll show these rogues that I'm an honest woman," said my mother. "I'll have my dues, and not a farthing over. Hold Mrs. Crossley's bag." And she began to count over the amount of the captain's score from the sailor's bag into the one that I was holding.

rogues - des voyous, canaille, fripouille, coquin, voyou, garnement

honest - honnete, honnete, (hon) honnete

dues - cotisations, du

farthing - farthing

count over - le compte a rebours

amount - montant, quantité, monter, correspondre

score - nombre de point oints, score, note, vingtaine

It was a long, difficult business, for the coins were of all countries and sizes-doubloons, and louis d'ors, and guineas, and pieces of eight, and I know not what besides, all shaken together at random. The guineas, too, were about the scarcest, and it was with these only that my mother knew how to make her count.

sizes - tailles, taille, dimension(s)

doubloons - doublons, doublon

guineas - guinées, Guinée

shaken - secoué, secouer, agiter

random - au hasard, inconnu, aléatoire, stochastique, pseudo-aléatoire

scarcest - le plus rare, rare

When we were about half-way through, I suddenly put my hand upon her arm, for I had heard in the silent frosty air a sound that brought my heart into my mouth-the tap-tapping of the blind man's stick upon the frozen road. It drew nearer and nearer, while we sat holding our breath.

frozen - gelé, geler

Then it struck sharp on the inn door, and then we could hear the handle being turned and the bolt rattling as the wretched being tried to enter; and then there was a long time of silence both within and without. At last the tapping recommenced, and, to our indescribable joy and gratitude, died slowly away again until it ceased to be heard.

sharp - pointu, affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant

rattling - le cliquetis, (rattle) le cliquetis

wretched - misérable

enter - entrer, rench: t-needed r, taper, saisir

within - a l'intérieur, dedans, avant, d'ici

recommenced - repris, recommencer

indescribable - indescriptible

joy - joie

gratitude - la gratitude, gratitude

"Mother," said I, "take the whole and let's be going," for I was sure the bolted door must have seemed suspicious and would bring the whole hornet's nest about our ears, though how thankful I was that I had bolted it, none could tell who had never met that terrible blind man.

suspicious - suspect, méfiant, soupçonneux, suspicieux

hornet - frelon

nest - nid, patelin

thankful - reconnaissant

But my mother, frightened as she was, would not consent to take a fraction more than was due to her and was obstinately unwilling to be content with less. It was not yet seven, she said, by a long way; she knew her rights and she would have them; and she was still arguing with me when a little low whistle sounded a good way off upon the hill. That was enough, and more than enough, for both of us.

fraction - fraction

obstinately - obstinément

content with - etre satisfait de

arguing - en train de se disputer, affirmer, débattre, se disputer

whistle - sifflet, siffler, sifflement, sifflements

sounded a - a sonné

"I'll take what I have," she said, jumping to her feet.

jumping - sauter, (faire) sauter

"And I'll take this to square the count," said I, picking up the oilskin packet.

picking - le prélevement, (pic) le prélevement

oilskin - peau d'huile, ciré

packet - paquet, colis

Next moment we were both groping downstairs, leaving the candle by the empty chest; and the next we had opened the door and were in full retreat. We had not started a moment too soon.

groping - tripotage, tâter, tâtonner, tripoter, peloter

empty - vide, vider, cadavre

The fog was rapidly dispersing; already the moon shone quite clear on the high ground on either side; and it was only in the exact bottom of the dell and round the tavern door that a thin veil still hung unbroken to conceal the first steps of our escape. Far less than half-way to the hamlet, very little beyond the bottom of the hill, we must come forth into the moonlight.

rapidly - rapidement

dispersing - la dispersion, disperser, qualifier

shone - briller, éclairer

ground - sol, foncierere, terre, terrain, (grind) sol

exact - exact, précis, exiger

bottom - fond, bas, dessous, arriere-train, cul

tavern - taverne

veil - voile, voiler

unbroken - ininterrompue

conceal - dissimuler, cacher

steps - étapes, pas

escape - échapper, s'échapper, éviter, échapper (a quelqu'un), évasion

beyond - au-dela, au-dela, par-dela

moonlight - le clair de lune, clair de lune, travailler au noir

Nor was this all, for the sound of several footsteps running came already to our ears, and as we looked back in their direction, a light tossing to and fro and still rapidly advancing showed that one of the newcomers carried a lantern.

tossing - le lancer, (toss), jet, au pile ou face, tirage au sort, lancer

fro - fro

advancing - l'avancement, élever, avancer, avancée, progression

newcomers - nouveaux arrivants, nouveau venu, nouvel arrivé, débutant

lantern - lanterne

"My dear," said my mother suddenly, "take the money and run on. I am going to faint."

This was certainly the end for both of us, I thought. How I cursed the cowardice of the neighbours; how I blamed my poor mother for her honesty and her greed, for her past foolhardiness and present weakness! We were just at the little bridge, by good fortune; and I helped her, tottering as she was, to the edge of the bank, where, sure enough, she gave a sigh and fell on my shoulder.

cursed - maudis, maudite, maudites, maudits, maudit, (curs) maudis

blamed - blâmé, blâmer

honesty - l'honneteté, honneteté

greed - l'avidité, avidité, cupidité, (gree) l'avidité

Bridge - le pont, carpette

Fortune - la fortune, destin, bonne chance, fortune

sigh - soupir

I do not know how I found the strength to do it at all, and I am afraid it was roughly done, but I managed to drag her down the bank and a little way under the arch. Farther I could not move her, for the bridge was too low to let me do more than crawl below it. So there we had to stay-my mother almost entirely exposed and both of us within earshot of the inn.

drag - draguer, transbahuter, traîner

arch - arch, dôme

crawl - ramper

entirely - entierement, entierement, entierement (1)

earshot - a portée de voix, portée de voix

Chapter 5. The Last of the Blind Man

MY curiosity, in a sense, was stronger than my fear, for I could not remain where I was, but crept back to the bank again, whence, sheltering my head behind a bush of broom, I might command the road before our door.

curiosity - curiosité

sense - sens, acception, sentir

crept - rampé, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

sheltering - l'abri, abritant, (shelter), abri, refuge, abriter

bush - buisson, arbuste, brousse

broom - balai

Command - commandement, ordre, maîtrise, commande, commander, ordonner

I was scarcely in position ere my enemies began to arrive, seven or eight of them, running hard, their feet beating out of time along the road and the man with the lantern some paces in front. Three men ran together, hand in hand; and I made out, even through the mist, that the middle man of this trio was the blind beggar. The next moment his voice showed me that I was right.

ere - ici

enemies - ennemis, ennemi, ennemie

paces - des allures, pas

mist - brouillard, brume

trio - trio

"Down with the door!" he cried.

"Aye, aye, sir!" answered two or three; and a rush was made upon the Admiral Benbow, the lantern-bearer following; and then I could see them pause, and hear speeches passed in a lower key, as if they were surprised to find the door open. But the pause was brief, for the blind man again issued his commands. His voice sounded louder and higher, as if he were afire with eagerness and rage.

rush - rush, ruée, affluence, gazer, galoper, bousculer

bearer - porteur, porteuse

pause - pauser, pause

speeches - discours, parole

surprised - surpris, surprise, surprendre, étonner

brief - bref, court

issued - émis, sortie, émission, livraison, délivrance, drain

commands - des commandes, commandement, ordre, maîtrise

afire - feu, ardent

rage - rage, furie, fureur, courroux, rager, faire rage

"In, in, in!" he shouted, and cursed them for their delay.

shouted - crié, cri

Four or five of them obeyed at once, two remaining on the road with the formidable beggar. There was a pause, then a cry of surprise, and then a voice shouting from the house, "Bill's dead."

remaining - restant, reste, rester, demeurer

formidable - formidable

But the blind man swore at them again for their delay.

swore - juré, jurer

"Search him, some of you shirking lubbers, and the rest of you aloft and get the chest," he cried.

shirking - se dérober a

aloft - en altitude, en haut, en l'air

I could hear their feet rattling up our old stairs, so that the house must have shook with it. Promptly afterwards, fresh sounds of astonishment arose; the window of the captain's room was thrown open with a slam and a jingle of broken glass, and a man leaned out into the moonlight, head and shoulders, and addressed the blind beggar on the road below him.

promptly - rapidement

astonishment - l'étonnement, étonnement

arose - s'est élevé, se lever, relever

thrown - jeté, jeter, lancer

slam - slam, claquer

leaned out - se pencher

"Pew," he cried, "they've been before us. Someone's turned the chest out alow and aloft."

pew - pew, banc (d'église)

alow - Comment

"Is it there?" roared Pew.

"The money's there."

The blind man cursed the money.

"Flint's fist, I mean," he cried.

"We don't see it here nohow," returned the man.

"Here, you below there, is it on Bill?" cried the blind man again.

At that another fellow, probably him who had remained below to search the captain's body, came to the door of the inn. "Bill's been overhauled a'ready," said he; "nothin'left."

remained - est restée, reste, rester, demeurer

overhauled - révisé, révision, remise a neuf, rénover

nothin - rien

"It's these people of the inn-it's that boy. I wish I had put his eyes out!" cried the blind man, Pew. "There were no time ago-they had the door bolted when I tried it. Scatter, lads, and find 'em."

wish - souhait, souhaiter, espérer

Scatter - la dispersion, disperser, se disperser, éparpiller

lads - les gars, garçon, gars, jeune homme, palefrenier

"Sure enough, they left their glim here," said the fellow from the window.

glim - glim

"Scatter and find 'em! Rout the house out!" reiterated Pew, striking with his stick upon the road.

rout - déroute, mettre en déroute

reiterated - réitéré, réitérer

Then there followed a great to-do through all our old inn, heavy feet pounding to and fro, furniture thrown over, doors kicked in, until the very rocks re-echoed and the men came out again, one after another, on the road and declared that we were nowhere to be found.

furniture - mobilier, meubles

thrown over - jeté

kicked - botté, donner un coup de pied (a, dans)

rocks - des rochers, rocher, roc

echoed - en écho, écho

nowhere - nulle part

And just the same whistle that had alarmed my mother and myself over the dead captain's money was once more clearly audible through the night, but this time twice repeated.

audible - audible

I had thought it to be the blind man's trumpet, so to speak, summoning his crew to the assault, but I now found that it was a signal from the hillside towards the hamlet, and from its effect upon the buccaneers, a signal to warn them of approaching danger.

trumpet - trompette, trompettiste, barrissement, jouer de la trompette

summoning - l'invocation, convoquer

assault - d'agression, assaut, agression, attaquer, agresser

signal - signal, signaler

hillside - colline, flanc de coteau

warn - avertir, alerter, prévenir

danger - danger, péril

"There's Dirk again," said one. "Twice! We'll have to budge, mates."

Dirk - dirk

budge - budge, bougez, bougeons, bouger, bougent

"Budge, you skulk!" cried Pew. "Dirk was a fool and a coward from the first-you wouldn't mind him. They must be close by; they can't be far; you have your hands on it. Scatter and look for them, dogs! Oh, shiver my soul," he cried, "if I had eyes!"

skulk - skulk, se cacher

coward - lâche, couard, couarde, poltron, poltronne

shiver - frisson, trembler, frissonner

This appeal seemed to produce some effect, for two of the fellows began to look here and there among the lumber, but half-heartedly, I thought, and with half an eye to their own danger all the time, while the rest stood irresolute on the road.

appeal - appel, manifeste, vocation, pourvoi

fellows - des camarades, homme, type

lumber - bois d'ouvre, bois de charpente

heartedly - de bon cour

irresolute - irrésolu

"You have your hands on thousands, you fools, and you hang a leg! You'd be as rich as kings if you could find it, and you know it's here, and you stand there skulking. There wasn't one of you dared face Bill, and I did it-a blind man! And I'm to lose my chance for you! I'm to be a poor, crawling beggar, sponging for rum, when I might be rolling in a coach!

fools - des imbéciles, dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper

Kings - les rois, roi

stand there - rester la

skulking - de rôder, (skulk), se cacher

wasn - n'était

chance - chance, hasard

crawling - a quatre pattes, (crawl) a quatre pattes

sponging - éponger, éponge, ivrogne, soulard

rolling in - en train de rouler

coach - entraîneur, coche, voiture, entraineur, entraineuse, autocar

If you had the pluck of a weevil in a biscuit you would catch them still."

pluck - tirer, pincer, plumer, voler, abats, persévérance, (du) cour

weevil - charançon, balanin, cosson

biscuit - biscuit

"Hang it, Pew, we've got the doubloons!" grumbled one.

grumbled - grommelé, grondement, gargouillement, grognement

"They might have hid the blessed thing," said another. "Take the Georges, Pew, and don't stand here squalling."

hid - caché, (hide) caché

Georges - georges, Jorioz

squalling - des hurlements, (squall), grain, hurler, brailler

Squalling was the word for it; Pew's anger rose so high at these objections till at last, his passion completely taking the upper hand, he struck at them right and left in his blindness and his stick sounded heavily on more than one.

objections - objections, objection

completely - completement, completement

upper hand - avoir lavantage

blindness - la cécité, cécité

heavily - lourdement

These, in their turn, cursed back at the blind miscreant, threatened him in horrid terms, and tried in vain to catch the stick and wrest it from his grasp.

Miscreant - mécréant, mécréante, parpaillot

horrid - horribles, affreux, horrible, exécrable, désagréable

terms - conditions, peine, mandat, période

vain - vaine, rench: vaniteux, frivole, vain, futile

wrest - lutte

grasp - saisir, agripper, comprendre

This quarrel was the saving of us, for while it was still raging, another sound came from the top of the hill on the side of the hamlet-the tramp of horses galloping. Almost at the same time a pistol-shot, flash and report, came from the hedge side.

quarrel - querelle, bagarrer, noise, algarade, dispute

raging - enragée, rage, furie, fureur, courroux, rager, faire rage

tramp - piéton, clochard, va-nuieds, traînée, garce

galloping - au galop, galop, galoper

shot - tir, tirai, tiré, tirâmes, tirerent, tira

flash - flash, clignoter

And that was plainly the last signal of danger, for the buccaneers turned at once and ran, separating in every direction, one seaward along the cove, one slant across the hill, and so on, so that in half a minute not a sign of them remained but Pew.

separating - la séparation, séparé, séparée, séparer

slant - inclinaison, biais, connotation, bridé

sign - signe, signent, signez, placard, caractériser

Him they had deserted, whether in sheer panic or out of revenge for his ill words and blows I know not; but there he remained behind, tapping up and down the road in a frenzy, and groping and calling for his comrades. Finally he took a wrong turn and ran a few steps past me, towards the hamlet, crying, "Johnny, Black Dog, Dirk," and other names, "you won't leave old Pew, mates-not old Pew!"

whether - si, que, soit, si oui ou non

sheer - transparent, pur

panic - panique

revenge - la vengeance, vengeance, revanche, venger

ill - malade, écouré, écourée

blows - coups, (blow) coups

frenzy - frénésie

comrades - camarades, camaradef, camarade

finally - enfin, définitivement

Johnny - johnny, Jeannot

Just then the noise of horses topped the rise, and four or five riders came in sight in the moonlight and swept at full gallop down the slope.

topped - étetée, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune, premiere demi-manche

riders - cavaliers, cavalier, cavaliere

swept - balayé, balayer, balayage

gallop - galop, galoper

slope - pente, inclinaison

At this Pew saw his error, turned with a scream, and ran straight for the ditch, into which he rolled. But he was on his feet again in a second and made another dash, now utterly bewildered, right under the nearest of the coming horses.

error - erreur, vice, etre en erreur, planter

scream - cri, crier

rolled - roulé, rouleau

Dash - dash, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter

The rider tried to save him, but in vain. Down went Pew with a cry that rang high into the night; and the four hoofs trampled and spurned him and passed by. He fell on his side, then gently collapsed upon his face and moved no more.

rider - cavalier, cavaliere

hoofs - sabots, sabot

trampled - piétiné, fouler, piétiner

spurned - éconduit, renier, dédaigner, coup de pied

collapsed - effondré, s'effondrer, effondrement

I leaped to my feet and hailed the riders. They were pulling up, at any rate, horrified at the accident; and I soon saw what they were. One, tailing out behind the rest, was a lad that had gone from the hamlet to Dr. Livesey's; the rest were revenue officers, whom he had met by the way, and with whom he had had the intelligence to return at once.

leaped - a sauté, sauter, bondir

hailed - salué, grele

pulling up - tirer vers le haut

rate - taux, taxer, évaluer, tarifaire, dividende, rang

accident - accident

tailing - la queue, (tail) la queue

revenue - des recettes, revenu, revenus, chiffre d'affaires

officers - des agents, fonctionnaire, officier

intelligence - l'intelligence, intelligence, renseignements

Some news of the lugger in Kitt's Hole had found its way to Supervisor Dance and set him forth that night in our direction, and to that circumstance my mother and I owed our preservation from death.

Supervisor - superviseur

circumstance - circonstances, circonstance

owed - du, devoir

preservation - préservation

Pew was dead, stone dead. As for my mother, when we had carried her up to the hamlet, a little cold water and salts and that soon brought her back again, and she was none the worse for her terror, though she still continued to deplore the balance of the money.

stone - pierre, roche, caillou, roc

deplore - déplorer

balance - l'équilibre, contrepoids, équilibre, solde, balancier, apurer

In the meantime the supervisor rode on, as fast as he could, to Kitt's Hole; but his men had to dismount and grope down the dingle, leading, and sometimes supporting, their horses, and in continual fear of ambushes; so it was no great matter for surprise that when they got down to the Hole the lugger was already under way, though still close in. He hailed her.

dismount - démonter, descendre

grope - se frotter, tâter, tâtonner, tripoter, peloter

leading - dirigeante, (lead) dirigeante

supporting - appuyant, soutenant, (support) appuyant

continual - continuelle

ambushes - des embuscades, embuscade

close in - se rapprocher

A voice replied, telling him to Keep out of the moonlight or he would get some lead in him, and at the same time a bullet whistled close by his arm. Soon after, the lugger doubled the point and disappeared. Mr. Dance stood there, as he said, "like a fish out of water," and all he could do was to dispatch a man to B-- to warn the cutter. "And that," said he, "is just about as good as nothing.

replied - a répondu, répondre, réponse

Keep out - écarter

bullet - balle, projectile

whistled - sifflé, sifflet, siffler, sifflement, sifflements-p

doubled - doublé, double, sosie, doublon

dispatch - l'envoi, dépeche

They've got off clean, and there's an end. Only," he added, "I'm glad I trod on Master Pew's corns," for by this time he had heard my story.

Glad - heureux, heureuse

trod - trod, (tread) trod

corns - des cors, grain

I went back with him to the Admiral Benbow, and you cannot imagine a house in such a state of smash; the very clock had been thrown down by these fellows in their furious hunt after my mother and myself; and though nothing had actually been taken away except the captain's money-bag and a little silver from the till, I could see at once that we were ruined. Mr.

state - l'État

smash - smash, fracasser, percuter, écraser

thrown down - jeté a terre

furious - furieux

hunt - chasser, chercher, chasse

actually - en fait

Dance could make nothing of the scene.

scene - scene, scene, scene de ménage

"They got the money, you say? Well, then, Hawkins, what in fortune were they after? More money, I suppose?"

"No, sir; not money, I think," replied I. "In fact, sir, I believe I have the thing in my breast pocket; and to tell you the truth, I should like to get it put in safety."

breast - sein, poitrine, cour, poitrail, blanc

truth - la vérité, vérité

safety - la sécurité, sécurité, sureté

"To be sure, boy; quite right," said he. "I'll take it, if you like."

"I thought perhaps Dr. Livesey-" I began.

"Perfectly right," he interrupted very cheerily, "perfectly right-a gentleman and a magistrate. And, now I come to think of it, I might as well ride round there myself and report to him or squire. Master Pew's dead, when all's done; not that I regret it, but he's dead, you see, and people will make it out against an officer of his Majesty's revenue, if make it out they can.

cheerily - heureuse

regret - regretter, regret

officer - agent, fonctionnaire, officier, officiere

Majesty - majesté

Now, I'll tell you, Hawkins, if you like, I'll take you along."

I thanked him heartily for the offer, and we walked back to the hamlet where the horses were. By the time I had told mother of my purpose they were all in the saddle.

purpose - objectif, dgssein, dessein, finalité, but

saddle - selle, ensellement

"Dogger," said Mr. Dance, "you have a good horse; take up this lad behind you."

Dogger - dogger

As soon as I was mounted, holding on to Dogger's belt, the supervisor gave the word, and the party struck out at a bouncing trot on the road to Dr. Livesey's house.

belt - ceinture, courroie, région

struck out - a frappé

bouncing - rebondir, rebond

trot - trot, trotter

Chapter 6. The Captain's Papers

WE rode hard all the way till we drew up before Dr. Livesey's door. The house was all dark to the front.

Mr. Dance told me to jump down and knock, and Dogger gave me a stirrup to descend by. The door was opened almost at once by the maid.

knock - coup, frapper

stirrup - étrier

descend - descendre

maid - femme de ménage, demoiselle, jeune fille, bonne

"Is Dr. Livesey in?" I asked.

No, she said, he had come home in the afternoon but had gone up to the hall to dine and pass the evening with the squire.

gone up - Monter

hall - couloir, corridor, salle, salon, manoir, foyer

dine - dîner

"So there we go, boys," said Mr. Dance.

This time, as the distance was short, I did not mount, but ran with Dogger's stirrup-leather to the lodge gates and up the long, leafless, moonlit avenue to where the white line of the hall buildings looked on either hand on great old gardens. Here Mr. Dance dismounted, and taking me along with him, was admitted at a word into the house.

leather - cuir, de cuir

Lodge - cabane, maison du portier, loge, rench: t-needed r, loger

gates - portes, porte, barriere

avenue - avenue

dismounted - a pied, démonter, descendre

admitted - admis, admettre, avouer, reconnaître

The servant led us down a matted passage and showed us at the end into a great library, all lined with bookcases and busts upon the top of them, where the squire and Dr. Livesey sat, pipe in hand, on either side of a bright fire.

servant - serviteur, domestique, servante, checkserviteur

led - dirigé, DEL, LED, (lead) dirigé

matted - maté, (petit) tapis

passage - passage, corridoir, couloir

bookcases - bibliotheques, bibliotheque

busts - des bustes, poitrine

I had never seen the squire so near at hand. He was a tall man, over six feet high, and broad in proportion, and he had a bluff, rough-and-ready face, all roughened and reddened and lined in his long travels. His eyebrows were very black, and moved readily, and this gave him a look of some temper, not bad, you would say, but quick and high.

proportion - proportion

bluff - bluff, direct

rough-and-ready - (rough-and-ready) brut et pret

reddened - rougis, rougir, faire rougir

eyebrows - sourcils, sourcil

readily - facilement, volontiers, aisément

"Come in, Mr. Dance," says he, very stately and condescending.

stately - majestueux, imposant

"Good evening, Dance," says the doctor with a nod. "And good evening to you, friend Jim. What good wind brings you here?"

nod - hochement de tete, dodeliner, hocher, hochement

The supervisor stood up straight and stiff and told his story like a lesson; and you should have seen how the two gentlemen leaned forward and looked at each other, and forgot to smoke in their surprise and interest. When they heard how my mother went back to the inn, Dr. Livesey fairly slapped his thigh, and the squire cried "Bravo!" and broke his long pipe against the grate.

leaned - penché, pencher

smoke - la fumée, fumons, griller, fumer, fument, fumée, fumez

fairly - équitable, justement, assez

slapped - giflé, claque, gifler

thigh - cuisse

Bravo - bravo, Berthe

Long before it was done, Mr. Trelawney (that, you will remember, was the squire's name) had got up from his seat and was striding about the room, and the doctor, as if to hear the better, had taken off his powdered wig and sat there looking very strange indeed with his own close-cropped black poll.

striding - a grandes enjambées, marcher a grands pas

taken off - enlevé

powdered - en poudre, poudre, réduire en poudre, pulvériser, poudrer

cropped - recadré, récolte, produits agricoles

Poll - sondage, élection

At last Mr. Dance finished the story.

"Mr. Dance," said the squire, "you are a very noble fellow. And as for riding down that black, atrocious miscreant, I regard it as an act of virtue, sir, like stamping on a cockroach. This lad Hawkins is a trump, I perceive. Hawkins, will you ring that bell? Mr. Dance must have some ale."

noble - noble, aristocrate, aristocratique

atrocious - atroce

act - acte, loi, action, agir, faire, jouer, se comporter, faire (1)

virtue - la vertu, vertu

stamping - l'estampillage, (stamp), cachet, tampon, timbre, taper du pied

cockroach - cafard, blatte

trump - trump, atout

perceive - percevoir

ring - anneau, cerne, ring, tinter

bell - cloche, sonnette

ale - biere anglaise, ale

"And so, Jim," said the doctor, "you have the thing that they were after, have you?"

"Here it is, sir," said I, and gave him the oilskin packet.

The doctor looked it all over, as if his fingers were itching to open it; but instead of doing that, he put it quietly in the pocket of his coat.

itching - prurit, (itch) prurit

instead - a la place, a la place, au lieu de

quietly - paisablement, tranquillement, quietement

"Squire," said he, "when Dance has had his ale he must, of course, be off on his Majesty's service; but I mean to keep Jim Hawkins here to sleep at my house, and with your permission, I propose we should have up the cold pie and let him sup."

be off - etre éteint

permission - autorisation, permission, permis

propose - proposer, demander en mariage

pie - tarte, saccager, pâte, pâté

sup - sup

"As you will, Livesey," said the squire; "Hawkins has earned better than cold pie."

earned - gagnée, gagner (sa vie), rapporter

So a big pigeon pie was brought in and put on a sidetable, and I made a hearty supper, for I was as hungry as a hawk, while Mr. Dance was further complimented and at last dismissed.

pigeon - pigeon, sourde, colombe

sidetable - tableau latéral

hearty - cordial, copieux

supper - dîner, souper

hawk - faucon, autour

further - encourager, ultérieur, plus loin, de plus, (furth)

complimented - complimenté, compliment, complimenter, faire un compliment

dismissed - licencié, renvoyer, limoger, licencier, démettre

"And now, squire," said the doctor.

"And now, Livesey," said the squire in the same breath.

"One at a time, one at a time," laughed Dr. Livesey. "You have heard of this Flint, I suppose?"

"Heard of him!" cried the squire. "Heard of him, you say! He was the bloodthirstiest buccaneer that sailed. Blackbeard was a child to Flint. The Spaniards were so prodigiously afraid of him that, I tell you, sir, I was sometimes proud he was an Englishman.

bloodthirstiest - le plus sanguinaire, sanguinaire

Blackbeard - Barbe Noire

Spaniards - les espagnols, Espagnol, Espagnole

prodigiously - prodigieusement

proud - fiers, fier, orgueilleux

Englishman - Anglais

I've seen his top-sails with these eyes, off Trinidad, and the cowardly son of a rum-puncheon that I sailed with put back-put back, sir, into Port of Spain."

sails - voiles, voile

Trinidad - trinidad, Trinité

cowardly - lâche, veule, bas, lâchement

puncheon - puncheon

port - port, connexion

Spain - espagne

"Well, I've heard of him myself, in England," said the doctor. "But the point is, had he money?"

"Money!" cried the squire. "Have you heard the story? What were these villains after but money? What do they care for but money? For what would they risk their rascal carcasses but money?"

villains - des méchants, scélérat, méchant, vilain, paysan

Risk - risque

rascal - racaille, canaille, coquin, crapule, filou

carcasses - carcasses, carcasse, cadavre

"That we shall soon know," replied the doctor. "But you are so confoundedly hot-headed and exclamatory that I cannot get a word in. What I want to know is this: Supposing that I have here in my pocket some clue to where Flint buried his treasure, will that treasure amount to much?"

confoundedly - de maniere déconcertante

exclamatory - exclamatif

clue - indice, piste, idée, informer

amount to - s'éleve a

"Amount, sir!" cried the squire. "It will amount to this: If we have the clue you talk about, I fit out a ship in Bristol dock, and take you and Hawkins here along, and I'll have that treasure if I search a year."

fit out - équiper

ship - navire, manipuler, expédier, vaisseau

Dock - quai, dock

"Very well," said the doctor. "Now, then, if Jim is agreeable, we'll open the packet"; and he laid it before him on the table.

The bundle was sewn together, and the doctor had to get out his instrument case and cut the stitches with his medical scissors. It contained two things-a book and a sealed paper.

sewn - cousu, coudre

instrument case - étui a instruments

stitches - points de suture, point, maille

medical - médicale, médical

scissors - ciseaux, ciseau, couper aux ciseaux

sealed - scellé, sceau

"First of all we'll try the book," observed the doctor.

The squire and I were both peering over his shoulder as he opened it, for Dr. Livesey had kindly motioned me to come round from the side-table, where I had been eating, to enjoy the sport of the search. On the first page there were only some scraps of writing, such as a man with a pen in his hand might make for idleness or practice.

kindly - avec bienveillance

side-table - (side-table) Une table d'appoint

scraps - des déchets, bout

idleness - l'oisiveté, oisiveté, inactivité, indolence, inutilité

One was the same as the tattoo mark, "Billy Bones his fancy"; then there was "Mr. W. Bones, mate," "No more rum," "Off Palm Key he got itt," and some other snatches, mostly single words and unintelligible. I could not help wondering who it was that had "got itt," and what "itt" was that he got. A knife in his back as like as not.

tattoo - tatouage

mark - marque, Marc

snatches - des arrachages de dents, empoigner, happer, saisir, arracher

unintelligible - inintelligible

wondering - se demander, (wonder), merveille, conjecturer

"Not much instruction there," said Dr. Livesey as he passed on.

instruction - l'instruction, instruction

The next ten or twelve pages were filled with a curious series of entries. There was a date at one end of the line and at the other a sum of money, as in common account-books, but instead of explanatory writing, only a varying number of crosses between the two.

series - suite, série

entries - entrées, entrée, acces

sum - somme

account-books - (account-books) des livres de comptes

explanatory - explicatif

varying - varier

crosses - croisements, croix, signe de croix

On the 12th of June, 1745, for instance, a sum of seventy pounds had plainly become due to someone, and there was nothing but six crosses to explain the cause. In a few cases, to be sure, the name of a place would be added, as "Offe Caraccas," or a mere entry of latitude and longitude, as "62o 17'20", 19o 2'40"."

crosses - croisements, crosse

cause - cause, raison, causer

cases - cas

be added - etre ajouté

mere - simple

entry - entrée, acces, vestibule, article

Latitude - latitude, parallele, marge

Longitude - longitude

The record lasted over nearly twenty years, the amount of the separate entries growing larger as time went on, and at the end a grand total had been made out after five or six wrong additions, and these words appended, "Bones, his pile."

record - record, enregistrent, enregistrez, enregistrons

lasted - a duré, dernier

nearly - presque

separate - séparés, séparé, séparée, séparer

grand total - Total général

additions - des ajouts, addition, ajout

appended - annexé, appendre, suspendre, ajouter

pile - pile, tapée, pilotis, foule, amas

"I can't make head or tail of this," said Dr. Livesey.

head or tail - tete ou queue

"The thing is as clear as noonday," cried the squire. "This is the black-hearted hound's account-book. These crosses stand for the names of ships or towns that they sank or plundered. The sums are the scoundrel's share, and where he feared an ambiguity, you see he added something clearer. 'Offe Caraccas,'now; you see, here was some unhappy vessel boarded off that coast.

noonday - midi

hound - chien de chasse, chien (de chasse)

plundered - pillés, piller, fr

sums - sommes, somme

feared - craint, peur

ambiguity - ambiguité, ambiguité

clearer - plus clair, sou, (clear), clair, transparent, libre, dégagé

vessel - navire, vaisseau, vase

boarded - embarqué, planche

God help the poor souls that manned her-coral long ago."

souls - âmes, âme

coral - corail, corallien

"Right!" said the doctor. "See what it is to be a traveller. Right! And the amounts increase, you see, as he rose in rank."

amounts - montants, montant, quantité, monter, correspondre

rank - rang, rangée, unie, standing

There was little else in the volume but a few bearings of places noted in the blank leaves towards the end and a table for reducing French, English, and Spanish moneys to a common value.

volume - volume, tome

blank - vide, blanc, vierge, balles a blanc, préforme, espace

reducing - réduisant, réduire, diminuer, fr

French - français, tlangue française, t+Français

"Thrifty man!" cried the doctor. "He wasn't the one to be cheated."

thrifty - économe

cheated - trompé, tricher

"And now," said the squire, "for the other."

The paper had been sealed in several places with a thimble by way of seal; the very thimble, perhaps, that I had found in the captain's pocket. The doctor opened the seals with great care, and there fell out the map of an island, with latitude and longitude, soundings, names of hills and bays and inlets, and every particular that would be needed to bring a ship to a safe anchorage upon its shores.

places with - des lieux avec

Seals - sceaux, sceau

hills - collines, colline, côte

bays - baies, baie

inlets - les entrées, crique

safe - sur, en sécurité, o longer in danger, sans danger, sur, sauf

anchorage - l'ancrage, ancrage

shores - rivages, rivage

It was about nine miles long and five across, shaped, you might say, like a fat dragon standing up, and had two fine land-locked harbours, and a hill in the centre part marked "The Spy-glass.

miles long - des kilometres de long

shaped - en forme, forme

Dragon - le dragon, dragon

locked - verrouillé, serrure

harbours - ports, port

marked - marqué, Marc

" There were several additions of a later date, but above all, three crosses of red ink-two on the north part of the island, one in the southwest-and beside this last, in the same red ink, and in a small, neat hand, very different from the captain's tottery characters, these words: "Bulk of treasure here."

ink - encre

southwest - sud-ouest

beside - a côté, aupres

tottery - tottery

characters - des personnages, personnage, caractere

bulk - en vrac, grosseur, gros, ensemble, vrac

Over on the back the same hand had written this further information:

Tall tree, Spy-glass shoulder, bearing a point to the N. of N.N.E.

bearing - naissant, coussinet, (bear) naissant

Skeleton Island E.S.E. and by E.

skeleton - squelette, ossature

Ten feet.

The bar silver is in the north cache; you can find it by the trend of the east hummock, ten fathoms south of the black crag with the face on it.

cache - cache

trend - tendance, inclinaison

fathoms - brasses, brasse

crag - crag, rocher escarpé

The arms are easy found, in the sand-hill, N. point of north inlet cape, bearing E. and a quarter N.

sand - sable, sableuxse

inlet - d'entrée, crique

Cape - le cap, cap


That was all; but brief as it was, and to me incomprehensible, it filled the squire and Dr. Livesey with delight.

incomprehensible - incompréhensible

delight - plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir

"Livesey," said the squire, "you will give up this wretched practice at once. Tomorrow I start for Bristol. In three weeks'time-three weeks!-two weeks-ten days-we'll have the best ship, sir, and the choicest crew in England. Hawkins shall come as cabin-boy. You'll make a famous cabin-boy, Hawkins. You, Livesey, are ship's doctor; I am admiral. We'll take Redruth, Joyce, and Hunter.

start for - pour commencer

choicest - le plus choisi, choix, morceau de choix, de choix

cabin - cabane, cabine

Hunter - hunter, chasseur, chien de chasse, cheval de chasse, chercheur

We'll have favourable winds, a quick passage, and not the least difficulty in finding the spot, and money to eat, to roll in, to play duck and drake with ever after."

favourable - favorable

winds - vents, vent

roll in - Rouler a lintérieur

Duck - canard, cane

drake - drake, canard mâle

"Trelawney," said the doctor, "I'll go with you; and I'll go bail for it, so will Jim, and be a credit to the undertaking. There's only one man I'm afraid of."

bail - la caution, caution

credit - crédit, mérite, reconnaissance, attribution, générique

undertaking - l'entreprise, entreprise, (undertake), entreprendre

I'm afraid - J'ai peur

"And who's that?" cried the squire. "Name the dog, sir!"

"You," replied the doctor; "for you cannot Hold your tongue. We are not the only men who know of this paper. These fellows who attacked the inn tonight-bold, desperate blades, for sure-and the rest who stayed aboard that lugger, and more, I dare say, not far off, are, one and all, through thick and thin, bound that they'll get that money. We must none of us go alone till we get to sea.

Hold your tongue - Tenir sa langue

desperate - désespérée, désespéré

blades - lames, lame

thick - épais, gros, dense, opaque, incompréhensible, lourd

bound - lié, entrain, (bind), lier, attacher, nouer, connecter, coupler

Jim and I shall stick together in the meanwhile; you'll take Joyce and Hunter when you ride to Bristol, and from first to last, not one of us must breathe a word of what we've found."

stick together - rester ensemble

breathe - respirer, inspirer, expirer, reprendre son souffle

"Livesey," returned the squire, "you are always in the right of it. I'll be as silent as the grave."

PART TWO - The Sea-cook

Chapter 7. I Go to Bristol

IT was longer than the squire imagined ere we were ready for the sea, and none of our first plans-not even Dr. Livesey's, of keeping me beside him-could be carried out as we intended.

intended - prévu, planifié, voulu, (intend), avoir l'intention

The doctor had to go to London for a physician to take charge of his practice; the squire was hard at work at Bristol; and I lived on at the hall under the charge of old Redruth, the gamekeeper, almost a prisoner, but full of sea-dreams and the most charming anticipations of strange islands and adventures. I brooded by the hour together over the map, all the details of which I well remembered.

physician - médecin, femme médecin, docteur

charge - frais, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation, meuble

gamekeeper - garde-chasse

prisoner - prisonnier, prisonniere

most charming - le plus charmant

adventures - aventures, (adventure) aventures

brooded - couvé, couvée, couver, protéger

Sitting by the fire in the housekeeper's room, I approached that island in my fancy from every possible direction; I explored every acre of its surface; I climbed a thousand times to that tall hill they call the Spy-glass, and from the top enjoyed the most wonderful and changing prospects.

housekeeper - femme de ménage, gouvernante, ménagere

approached - approché, (s')approcher (de)

explored - exploré, explorer

Acre - acre

surface - surface, faire surface

most wonderful - le plus merveilleux

prospects - des perspectives, perspective

Sometimes the isle was thick with savages, with whom we fought, sometimes full of dangerous animals that hunted us, but in all my fancies nothing occurred to me so strange and tragic as our actual adventures.

Isle - l'île, île

savages - sauvages, barbare, féroce, sauvage

fought - combattu, (se) battre

tragic - tragique

actual - réel, effectif, checkeffectif, checkprésent

So the weeks passed on, till one fine day there came a letter addressed to Dr. Livesey, with this addition, "To be opened, in the case of his absence, by Tom Redruth or young Hawkins." Obeying this order, we found, or rather I found-for the gamekeeper was a poor hand at reading anything but print-the following important news:

Addition - addition, ajout

absence - absence, manque, absence du fer

obeying - obéir, obtempérer

Old Anchor Inn, Bristol, March 1, 17-

anchor - l'ancre, ancre, ancrons, ancrent, portant, ancrez

Dear Livesey-As I do not know whether you are at the hall or still in London, I send this in double to both places.

double - double, sosie, doublon, doubler

The ship is bought and fitted. She lies at anchor, ready for sea. You never imagined a sweeter schooner-a child might sail her-two hundred tons; name, Hispaniola.

fitted - adapté, en forme

lies - mensonges, mensonge

ready for sea - pret pour la mer

sweeter - plus doux, doucement, friandise, bonbon, sucreries-p

schooner - goélette

sail - naviguer, voile, cingler

tons - tonnes, tonne

Hispaniola - hispaniola

I got her through my old friend, Blandly, who has proved himself throughout the most surprising trump. The admirable fellow literally slaved in my interest, and so, I may say, did everyone in Bristol, as soon as they got wind of the port we sailed for-treasure, I mean.

throughout - tout au long de l'année, tout au long de, durant

surprising - surprenant, étonnant, surprenante

admirable - admirable

literally - littéralement

slaved - asservi, esclave, t+serf, t+serve

"Redruth," said I, interrupting the letter, "Dr. Livesey will not like that. The squire has been talking, after all."

interrupting - interrompre, couper

"Well, who's a better right?" growled the gamekeeper. "A pretty rum go if squire ain't to talk for Dr. Livesey, I should think."

growled - a grogné, feulement, grognement, borborygme, gargouillement

ain - Ain

At that I gave up all attempts at commentary and read straight on:

attempts - tentatives, tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

Blandly himself found the Hispaniola, and by the most admirable management got her for the merest trifle. There is a class of men in Bristol monstrously prejudiced against Blandly. They go the length of declaring that this honest creature would do anything for money, that the Hispaniola belonged to him, and that he sold it me absurdly high-the most transparent calumnies.

management - la gestion

merest - plus, simple

trifle - bagatelle, broutille, babiole, bricole

monstrously - monstrueusement, monstruexse

prejudiced - des préjugés, préjugé, idée préconçue, préjudice

declaring - déclarer, expliquer

most transparent - le plus transparent

calumnies - calomnies, calomnie

None of them dare, however, to deny the merits of the ship.

deny - refuser

merits - mérites, mérite, mériter

So far there was not a hitch. The workpeople, to be sure-riggers and what not-were most annoyingly slow; but time cured that. It was the crew that troubled me.

Hitch - l'attelage, noud d'accroche, dispositif d'attelage, accroc

workpeople - les travailleurs

annoyingly - de maniere genante

cured - guérie, clébard, corniaud, roquet, clebs, chien

troubled - troublé, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, fr

I wished a round score of men-in case of natives, buccaneers, or the odious French-and I had the worry of the deuce itself to find so much as half a dozen, till the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required.

wished - souhaité, souhait, souhaiter, espérer

natives - les autochtones, maternel, autochtone, indigene, natif

odious - odieux

worry - s'inquiéter, inquiéter, harceler, souci, angoisse

deuce - deux

itself - elle-meme, se, soi-meme

dozen - douzaine, dizaine

most remarkable - le plus remarquable

required - nécessaires, exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir

I was standing on the dock, when, by the merest accident, I fell in talk with him. I found he was an old sailor, kept a public-house, knew all the seafaring men in Bristol, had lost his health ashore, and wanted a good berth as cook to get to sea again. He had hobbled down there that morning, he said, to get a smell of the salt.

public-house - (public-house) une maison publique

ashore - a terre

hobbled - entravé, entrave, abot

I was monstrously touched-so would you have been-and, out of pure pity, I engaged him on the spot to be ship's cook. Long John Silver, he is called, and has lost a leg; but that I regarded as a recommendation, since he lost it in his country's service, under the immortal Hawke. He has no pension, Livesey. Imagine the abominable age we live in!

touched - touché, toucher, émouvoir, contact

pure - pure, pur, pudique

engaged - engagé, attirer l'attention, engager, embrayer

regarded - considérée, considérer

recommendation - recommandation

immortal - immortel, inoubliable

pension - pension, retraite, (demi) pension, pensioner, pensionner

Well, sir, I thought I had only found a cook, but it was a crew I had discovered. Between Silver and myself we got together in a few days a company of the toughest old salts imaginable-not pretty to look at, but fellows, by their faces, of the most indomitable spirit. I declare we could fight a frigate.

discovered - découvert, découvrir

got together - se sont réunis

toughest - le plus difficile, dur

imaginable - imaginable

most indomitable - le plus indomptable

declare - expliquer, déclarer

fight - combattre, combattons, rixe, combattez, combattent

frigate - frégate

Long John even got rid of two out of the six or seven I had already engaged. He showed me in a moment that they were just the sort of fresh-water swabs we had to fear in an adventure of importance.

fresh-water - (fresh-water) de l'eau douce

importance - importance

I am in the most magnificent health and spirits, eating like a bull, sleeping like a tree, yet I shall not enjoy a moment till I hear my old tarpaulins tramping round the capstan. Seaward, ho! Hang the treasure! It's the glory of the sea that has turned my head. So now, Livesey, come post; do not lose an hour, if you respect me.

magnificent - magnifique

spirits - les esprits, esprit, moral, élan

Bull - le taureau, taureau

tarpaulins - des bâches, bâche, prélart

tramping - le tramping, (tramp), clochard, va-nuieds, traînée, garce

glory - gloire

respect - respect, respecter

Let young Hawkins go at once to see his mother, with Redruth for a guard; and then both come full speed to Bristol.

guard - garde, protection, gardien, arriere, défense, garder

Speed - la vitesse, galoper, vitesse

John Trelawney

Postscript-I did not tell you that Blandly, who, by the way, is to send a consort after us if we don't turn up by the end of August, had found an admirable fellow for sailing master-a stiff man, which I regret, but in all other respects a treasure. Long John Silver unearthed a very competent man for a mate, a man named Arrow.

postscript - post-scriptum

Consort - consort, navire d'accompagnement

turn up - se présenter

sailing - cingler, (sail) cingler

respects - respecte, respect, respecter

unearthed - déterrée, découvrir, déterrer

competent - compétent

arrow - fleche, fleche

I have a boatswain who pipes, Livesey; so things shall go man-o'-war fashion on board the good ship Hispaniola.

boatswain - maître d'équipage, bosco

pipes - des tuyaux, cornemuse, conduit, tuyau, barre verticale, tube

war - guerre, bataille, entrer en guerre, tfaire la guerre

fashion - la mode, mode, vogue, façon, façonner

board - conseil d'administration, planche

I forgot to tell you that Silver is a man of substance; I know of my own knowledge that he has a banker's account, which has never been overdrawn. He leaves his wife to manage the inn; and as she is a woman of colour, a pair of old bachelors like you and I may be excused for guessing that it is the wife, quite as much as the health, that sends him back to roving.

substance - substance, fond, biens

knowledge - connaissance, science, connaissances, savoir

banker - banquier

manage - gérer, ménager, diriger, manier, parvenir, réussir, accomplir

bachelors - bacheliers, célibataire, licence

excused - excusé, excuser, pardonner, justifier

J. T.

P.P.S.-Hawkins may stay one night with his mother.

J. T.

You can fancy the excitement into which that letter put me. I was half beside myself with glee; and if ever I despised a man, it was old Tom Redruth, who could do nothing but grumble and lament. Any of the under-gamekeepers would gladly have changed places with him; but such was not the squire's pleasure, and the squire's pleasure was like law among them all.

glee - glee, joie, jubilation

despised - méprisé, mépriser, dédaigner

grumble - grondement, gargouillement, grognement, gronder, gargouiller

lament - une complainte

gamekeepers - les gardes-chasse, garde-chasse

gladly - heureusement, volontiers

pleasure - plaisir, volupté, désir

law - loi

Nobody but old Redruth would have dared so much as even to grumble.

The next morning he and I set out on foot for the Admiral Benbow, and there I found my mother in good health and spirits. The captain, who had so long been a cause of so much discomfort, was gone where the wicked cease from troubling.

discomfort - malaise, inconfort

troubling - troublant, génant, (trouble), peine, mal, probleme, emmerde

The squire had had everything repaired, and the public rooms and the sign repainted, and had added some furniture-above all a beautiful armchair for mother in the bar. He had found her a boy as an apprentice also so that she should not want help while I was gone.

repaired - réparé, réparer

public - public

repainted - repeint, repeindre

armchair - fauteuil, chaise bourrée

apprentice - apprenti

It was on seeing that boy that I understood, for the first time, my situation. I had thought up to that moment of the adventures before me, not at all of the home that I was leaving; and now, at sight of this clumsy stranger, who was to stay here in my place beside my mother, I had my first attack of tears.

at sight - a vue

clumsy - empoté, gauche, lourd, maladroit

attack - attaque, attaquer, apostropher, invectiver

I am afraid I led that boy a dog's life, for as he was new to the work, I had a hundred opportunities of setting him right and putting him down, and I was not slow to profit by them.

opportunities - des opportunités, occasion, opportunité, occasion favorable

setting - de l'environnement, réglage, configuration

profit - profit, gain, bénéfice, servir, profiter

The night passed, and the next day, after dinner, Redruth and I were afoot again and on the road. I said good-bye to Mother and the cove where I had lived since I was born, and the dear old Admiral Benbow-since he was repainted, no longer quite so dear.

afoot - a l'ouvre, a pied, debout, en cours

Good-bye - (Good-bye) Au revoir

quite so - tout a fait

One of my last thoughts was of the captain, who had so often strode along the beach with his cocked hat, his sabre-cut cheek, and his old brass telescope. Next moment we had turned the corner and my home was out of sight.

cocked - armé, oiseau mâle, coq

The mail picked us up about dusk at the Royal George on the heath.

picked - choisi, pioche, passe-partout, choix, écran, prendre, cueillir

dusk - crépuscule

Heath - heath, lande, bruyere

I was wedged in between Redruth and a stout old gentleman, and in spite of the swift motion and the cold night air, I must have dozed a great deal from the very first, and then slept like a log up hill and down dale through stage after stage, for when I was awakened at last it was by a punch in the ribs, and I opened my eyes to find that we were standing still before a large building in a city street and that the day had already broken a long time.

wedged - coincé, coin, cale

stout - stout, solide

motion - mouvement, motion

dozed - s'est assoupi, sommeiller

log - log, rondin, buche

stage - scene, étape, phase, scene, caleche, platine, mettre en scene

awakened - éveillé, réveiller, se réveiller

Punch - un coup de poing, poinçonnez, poinçonnent, poinçonner

ribs - des côtes, côte

"Where are we?" I asked.

"Bristol," said Tom. "Get down."

Mr. Trelawney had taken up his residence at an inn far down the docks to superintend the work upon the schooner. Thither we had now to walk, and our way, to my great delight, lay along the quays and beside the great multitude of ships of all sizes and rigs and nations.

residence - résidence, siege social

docks - les quais, basin, dock

superintend - surintendant, surveiller, diriger

thither - la, la, d'ici la

quays - quais, quai

multitude - multitude

rigs - des plates-formes, gréer

nations - nations, nation

In one, sailors were singing at their work, in another there were men aloft, high over my head, hanging to threads that seemed no thicker than a spider's. Though I had lived by the shore all my life, I seemed never to have been near the sea till then. The smell of tar and salt was something new. I saw the most wonderful figureheads, that had all been far over the ocean.

Sailors - marins, matelot, matelote, femme matelot, femme-matelot, marin

threads - fils, fil, processus léger, exétron

thicker - plus épais, épais, gros, dense

spider - araignée

till then - jusqu'a ce moment-la

figureheads - des figures de proue, figure de proue, homme de paille, fantoche

Ocean - l'océan, océan

I saw, besides, many old sailors, with rings in their ears, and whiskers curled in ringlets, and tarry pigtails, and their swaggering, clumsy sea-walk; and if I had seen as many kings or archbishops I could not have been more delighted.

rings - anneaux, anneau, bague

whiskers - moustaches, favoris-p, poil de barbe, moustache, vibrisse

curled - frisé, boucle, rotationnel, boucler

pigtails - des nattes, tresse, natte, couette

swaggering - en train de plastronner, (swagger) en train de plastronner

archbishops - archeveques, archeveque

delighted - ravie, plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir

And I was going to sea myself, to sea in a schooner, with a piping boatswain and pig-tailed singing seamen, to sea, bound for an unknown island, and to seek for buried treasure!

piping - tuyauterie, (pip) tuyauterie

tailed - a queue, queue

seamen - marins, matelot

an unknown - un inconnu

While I was still in this delightful dream, we came suddenly in front of a large inn and met Squire Trelawney, all dressed out like a sea-officer, in stout blue cloth, coming out of the door with a smile on his face and a capital imitation of a sailor's walk.

dream - reve, reve, songe, voeu

cloth - tissu, étoffe, tenue

smile - sourire

imitation - imitation

"Here you are," he cried, "and the doctor came last night from London. Bravo! The ship's company complete!"

"Oh, sir," cried I, "when do we sail?"

"Sail!" says he. "We sail tomorrow!"

Chapter 8. At the Sign of the Spy-glass

WHEN I had done breakfasting the squire gave me a note addressed to John Silver, at the sign of the Spy-glass, and told me I should easily find the place by following the line of the docks and keeping a bright lookout for a little tavern with a large brass telescope for sign.

easily - facilement

lookout - poste de guet, sentinelle, guetteur

I set off, overjoyed at this opportunity to see some more of the ships and seamen, and picked my way among a great crowd of people and carts and bales, for the dock was now at its busiest, until I found the tavern in question.

opportunity - occasion, opportunité, occasion favorable, chance

crowd - foule, acculer, amas, marée humaine

carts - chariots, charrette

bales - balles, balle

It was a bright enough little place of entertainment. The sign was newly painted; the windows had neat red curtains; the floor was cleanly sanded. There was a street on each side and an open door on both, which made the large, low room pretty clear to see in, in spite of clouds of tobacco smoke.

little place - petit endroit

entertainment - divertissement

newly - nouvellement, récemment

curtains - rideaux, rideau

cleanly - proprement

sanded - poncé, sable

clouds - nuages, s'obscurcir

tobacco smoke - la fumée de tabac

The customers were mostly seafaring men, and they talked so loudly that I hung at the door, almost afraid to enter.

As I was waiting, a man came out of a side room, and at a glance I was sure he must be Long John. His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under the left shoulder he carried a crutch, which he managed with wonderful dexterity, hopping about upon it like a bird. He was very tall and strong, with a face as big as a ham-plain and pale, but intelligent and smiling.

crutch - béquille, soutien, support

dexterity - dextérité

hopping - sauter, (hop) sauter

Ham - le jambon, jambon

intelligent - intelligent

smiling - souriant, (smile), sourire

Indeed, he seemed in the most cheerful spirits, whistling as he moved about among the tables, with a merry word or a slap on the shoulder for the more favoured of his guests.

most cheerful - le plus joyeux

merry - joyeux, gai, heureuse, jovial

favoured - favorisée, service

guests - invités, invité, invitée, hôte, client

Now, to tell you the truth, from the very first mention of Long John in Squire Trelawney's letter I had taken a fear in my mind that he might prove to be the very one-legged sailor whom I had watched for so long at the old Benbow. But one look at the man before me was enough.

mention - mentionner

Prove - prouver, éprouvent, éprouvons, éprouvez, prouvent

I had seen the captain, and Black Dog, and the blind man, Pew, and I thought I knew what a buccaneer was like-a very different creature, according to me, from this clean and pleasant-tempered landlord.

according - selon, entente, accorder

tempered - tempéré, caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit

landlord - propriétaire, patron

I plucked up courage at once, crossed the threshold, and walked right up to the man where he stood, propped on his crutch, talking to a customer.

plucked up courage - Avoir le courage

crossed - croisé, croix, signe de croix

propped - étayé, support

"Mr. Silver, sir?" I asked, holding out the note.

holding out - Tenir bon

"Yes, my lad," said he; "such is my name, to be sure. And who may you be?" And then as he saw the squire's letter, he seemed to me to give something almost like a start.

"Oh!" said he, quite loud, and offering his hand. "I see. You are our new cabin-boy; pleased I am to see you."

offering - offre, offrande, (offer)

And he took my hand in his large firm grasp.

firm - ferme, social, robuste, maison de commerce, solide

Just then one of the customers at the far side rose suddenly and made for the door. It was close by him, and he was out in the street in a moment. But his hurry had attracted my notice, and I recognized him at glance. It was the tallow-faced man, wanting two fingers, who had come first to the Admiral Benbow.

hurry - se dépecher, précipitation, hâte

attracted - attiré, attirer

tallow - suif

"Oh," I cried, "stop him! It's Black Dog!"

"I don't care two coppers who he is," cried Silver. "But he hasn't paid his score. Harry, run and catch him."

coppers - les cuivres, cuivre

Harry - Harry

One of the others who was nearest the door leaped up and started in pursuit.

pursuit - poursuite

"If he were Admiral Hawke he shall pay his score," cried Silver; and then, relinquishing my hand, "Who did you say he was?" he asked. "Black what?"

relinquishing - renoncer, abandonner, lâcher, relâcher, laisser

"Dog, sir," said I. "Has Mr. Trelawney not told you of the buccaneers? He was one of them."

"So?" cried Silver. "In my house! Ben, run and help Harry. One of those swabs, was he? Was that you drinking with him, Morgan? Step up here."

those - ceux-ci, ces, celles-la, ceux-la

Morgan - morgan, Morgane

The man whom he called Morgan-an old, grey-haired, mahogany-faced sailor-came forward pretty sheepishly, rolling his quid.

haired - cheveux

mahogany - acajou, mahagoni

rolling - rouler, enroulant, roulant, (roll) rouler

quid - quid, livre

"Now, Morgan," said Long John very sternly, "you never clapped your eyes on that Black-Black Dog before, did you, now?"

sternly - séverement

clapped - applaudi, applaudir, battre des mains

"Not I, sir," said Morgan with a salute.

salute - saluer, faire un salut

"You didn't know his name, did you?"

"No, sir."

"By the powers, Tom Morgan, it's as good for you!" exclaimed the landlord. "If you had been mixed up with the like of that, you would never have put another foot in my house, you may lay to that. And what was he saying to you?"

powers - pouvoirs, pouvoir, puissance, électricité

exclaimed - s'est exclamé, exclamer

mixed - mixte, mélanger

"I don't rightly know, sir," answered Morgan.

rightly - a juste titre

"Do you call that a head on your shoulders, or a blessed dead-eye?" cried Long John. "Don't rightly know, don't you! Perhaps you don't happen to rightly know who you was speaking to, perhaps? Come, now, what was he jawing-v'yages, cap'ns, ships? Pipe up! What was it?"

jawing - la mâchoire, (jaw) la mâchoire

cap - cap, bonnet, calotte, casquette, toque, képi

"We was a-talkin'of keel-hauling," answered Morgan.

talkin - parler

keel - quille

hauling - le transport, haler, trainer, butin, magot

"Keel-hauling, was you? And a mighty suitable thing, too, and you may lay to that. Get back to your place for a lubber, Tom."

suitable - adapté, approprié, convenable, opportun, idoine

lubber - lubber

And then, as Morgan rolled back to his seat, Silver added to me in a confidential whisper that was very flattering, as I thought, "He's quite an honest man, Tom Morgan, on'y stupid. And now," he ran on again, aloud, "let's see-Black Dog? No, I don't know the name, not I. Yet I kind of think I've-yes, I've seen the swab. He used to come here with a blind beggar, he used."

confidential - confidentiel

whisper - chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer

flattering - flatteur, flatter

stupid - stupide, bete

aloud - a haute voix, a voix haute, a haute voix, fort

"That he did, you may be sure," said I. "I knew that blind man too. His name was Pew."

"It was!" cried Silver, now quite excited. "Pew! That were his name for certain. Ah, he looked a shark, he did! If we run down this Black Dog, now, there'll be news for Cap'n Trelawney! Ben's a good runner; few seamen run better than Ben. He should run him down, hand over hand, by the powers! He talked o'keel-hauling, did he? I'll keel-haul him!"

Certain - certain, quelconque

Shark - requin

run down - écrasé

runner - coureur, coureuse, coulisse, glissiere

haul - de l'eau de pluie, haler, trainer, butin, magot

All the time he was jerking out these phrases he was stumping up and down the tavern on his crutch, slapping tables with his hand, and giving such a show of excitement as would have convinced an Old Bailey judge or a Bow Street runner. My suspicions had been thoroughly reawakened on finding Black Dog at the Spy-glass, and I watched the cook narrowly.

jerking - par a-coups, (jerk) par a-coups

stumping - la campagne électorale, souche, moignon, estompe

slapping - gifle, claque, gifler

Convinced - convaincu, convaincre, persuader

judge - juge, juger

bow - l'arc, arc

suspicions - des soupçons, suspicion, soupçon

thoroughly - a fond, absolument, completement

narrowly - de façon étroite, étroitement

But he was too deep, and too ready, and too clever for me, and by the time the two men had come back out of breath and confessed that they had lost the track in a crowd, and been scolded like thieves, I would have gone bail for the innocence of Long John Silver.

deep - profond, épais, grave, foncé, foncée, profondeurs

clever - habile, agile, adroit, adroite, talentueux, malin, intelligent

confessed - avoué, avouer, confesser

track - piste, trace, marque, sillon, empreinte, sentier, chemin

scolded - grondé, chipie, furie, mégere, gronder, réprimander, tancer

thieves - voleurs, voleur, voleuse

innocence - l'innocence, innocence, candeur

"See here, now, Hawkins," said he, "here's a blessed hard thing on a man like me, now, ain't it? There's Cap'n Trelawney-what's he to think? Here I have this confounded son of a Dutchman sitting in my own house drinking of my own rum! Here you comes and tells me of it plain; and here I let him give us all the slip before my blessed deadlights! Now, Hawkins, you do me justice with the cap'n.

Dutchman - Néerlandais, Hollandais

slip - glisser, fiche, lapsus, patiner

justice - justice, équité, conseiller

You're a lad, you are, but you're as smart as paint. I see that when you first come in. Now, here it is: What could I do, with this old timber I hobble on? When I was an A B master mariner I'd have come up alongside of him, hand over hand, and broached him to in a brace of old shakes, I would; but now-"

smart - intelligent, rusé, bath, fringant, roublard, maligne

timber - le bois, bois de construction

hobble - entraver, entrave, abot

mariner - marin, (marine), maritime, marinier

shakes - secousses, secouer, agiter

And then, all of a sudden, he stopped, and his jaw dropped as though he had remembered something.

jaw - mâchoire

dropped - a déposé, goutte

"The score!" he burst out. "Three goes o'rum! Why, shiver my timbers, if I hadn't forgotten my score!"

timbers - bois de construction

And falling on a bench, he laughed until the tears ran down his cheeks. I could not help joining, and we laughed together, peal after peal, until the tavern rang again.

Bench - banc, établi, banquette

ran down - s'écraser

cheeks - joues, joue, fesse, culot, toupet, potence de bringuebale

peal - peal, tinter

"Why, what a precious old sea-calf I am!" he said at last, wiping his cheeks. "You and me should get on well, Hawkins, for I'll take my davy I should be rated ship's boy. But Come now, stand by to go about. This won't do. Dooty is dooty, messmates. I'll put on my old cockerel hat, and step along of you to Cap'n Trelawney, and report this here affair.

calf - veau, mollet

wiping - essuyant, (wipe) essuyant

rated - évaluée, rat

Come now - viens/venez maintenant

This won't do - Ceci ne suffira pas

cockerel - coq, coquelet

For mind you, it's serious, young Hawkins; and neither you nor me's come out of it with what I should make so bold as to call credit. Nor you neither, says you; not smart-none of the pair of us smart. But dash my buttons! That was a good un about my score."

serious - sérieux

buttons - boutons, (button) boutons

And he began to laugh again, and that so heartily, that though I did not see the joke as he did, I was again obliged to join him in his mirth.

joke - plaisanterie, blague, joke, raté

obliged - obligée, imposer, obliger, rendre service

mirth - l'humour, gaieté

On our little walk along the quays, he made himself the most interesting companion, telling me about the different ships that we passed by, their rig, tonnage, and nationality, explaining the work that was going forward-how one was discharging, another taking in cargo, and a third making ready for sea-and every now and then telling me some little anecdote of ships or seamen or repeating a nautical phrase till I had learned it perfectly. I began to see that here was one of the best of possible shipmates.

most interesting - le plus intéressant

Rig - rig, gréer

tonnage - tonnage

nationality - nationalité

discharging - la décharge, licenciement, débit

taking in - Prendre en compte

cargo - cargo, cargaison

third - troisieme, troisieme, trois, tiers, tierce

anecdote - anecdote

nautical - nautiques

When we got to the inn, the squire and Dr. Livesey were seated together, finishing a quart of ale with a toast in it, before they should go aboard the schooner on a visit of inspection.

quart - quart, pinte

toast - toast, rôtir

inspection - l'inspection, inspection, rench: t-needed r

Long John told the story from first to last, with a great deal of spirit and the most perfect truth. "That was how it were, now, weren't it, Hawkins?" he would say, now and again, and I could always bear him entirely out.

most perfect - le plus parfait

weren - n'était

The two gentlemen regretted that Black Dog had got away, but we all agreed there was nothing to be done, and after he had been complimented, Long John took up his crutch and departed.

regretted - regretté, regretter, regret

got away - s'échapper

departed - parti, partir, s’en aller, dévier, quitter

"All hands aboard by four this afternoon," shouted the squire after him.

"Aye, aye, sir," cried the cook, in the passage.

"Well, squire," said Dr. Livesey, "I don't put much faith in your discoveries, as a general thing; but I will say this, John Silver suits me."

Faith - la foi, foi, rench:, confiance

discoveries - découvertes, découverte

general - général, communal, en chef, universal, d'ensemble

suits - des combinaisons, complet, costume, tailleur, combinaison

"The man's a perfect trump," declared the squire.

"And now," added the doctor, "Jim may come on board with us, may he not?"

"To be sure he may," says squire. "Take your hat, Hawkins, and we'll see the ship."

Chapter 9. Powder and Arms

THE Hispaniola lay some way out, and we went under the figureheads and round the sterns of many other ships, and their cables sometimes grated underneath our keel, and sometimes swung above us. At last, however, we got alongside, and were met and saluted as we stepped aboard by the mate, Mr. Arrow, a brown old sailor with earrings in his ears and a squint.

sterns - sterns, sévere

cables - câbles, câble, fil électrique, torsade

grated - râpé, grille (de foyer)

swung - balancé, osciller, se balancer, balancer, swinguer

saluted - salué, saluer, faire un salut

stepped - en escalier, pas

earrings - boucles d'oreilles, boucle d'oreille

squint - plisser les yeux, loucher, louvoyer, plissement des yeux

He and the squire were very thick and friendly, but I soon observed that things were not the same between Mr. Trelawney and the captain.

This last was a sharp-looking man who seemed angry with everything on board and was soon to tell us why, for we had hardly got down into the cabin when a sailor followed us.

hardly - a peine, dur, durement, guere, a peine

"Captain Smollett, sir, axing to speak with you," said he.

axing - l'essieu, hache

"I am always at the captain's orders. Show him in," said the squire.

The captain, who was close behind his messenger, entered at once and shut the door behind him.

messenger - messager, coursier

"Well, Captain Smollett, what have you to say? All well, I hope; all shipshape and seaworthy?"

seaworthy - en état de navigabilité, en état de naviguer

"Well, sir," said the captain, "better speak plain, I believe, even at the risk of offence. I don't like this cruise; I don't like the men; and I don't like my officer. That's short and sweet."

offence - offense, insulte

cruise - croisiere, croiser

sweet - doux, doucement, friandise, bonbon, sucreries

"Perhaps, sir, you don't like the ship?" inquired the squire, very angry, as I could see.

"I can't speak as to that, sir, not having seen her tried," said the captain. "She seems a clever craft; more I can't say."

Seems - semble-t-il, sembler, paraître, avoir l'air

craft - l'artisanat, ruse, métier, nef

"Possibly, sir, you may not like your employer, either?" says the squire.

Possibly - peut-etre, possiblement, peut-etre

employer - l'employeur, employeur, employeuse

But here Dr. Livesey cut in.

"Stay a bit," said he, "stay a bit. No use of such questions as that but to produce ill feeling. The captain has said too much or he has said too little, and I'm bound to say that I require an explanation of his words. You don't, you say, like this cruise. Now, why?"

I'm bound to say - Je suis obligé de dire..

require - exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir, nécessiter

explanation - explication

"I was engaged, sir, on what we call sealed orders, to sail this ship for that gentleman where he should bid me," said the captain. "So far so good. But now I find that every man before the mast knows more than I do. I don't call that fair, now, do you?"

bid - offre, impératifs, prier

"No," said Dr. Livesey, "I don't."

"Next," said the captain, "I learn we are going after treasure-hear it from my own hands, mind you. Now, treasure is ticklish work; I don't like treasure voyages on any account, and I don't like them, above all, when they are secret and when (begging your pardon, Mr. Trelawney) the secret has been told to the parrot."

ticklish - chatouilleux

voyages - voyages, voyage

begging - la mendicité, (beg) la mendicité

Pardon - pardon, grâce, pardonner, gracier, désolé, excusez-moi

parrot - perroquet, perroqueter, perrucher

"Silver's parrot?" asked the squire.

"It's a way of speaking," said the captain. "Blabbed, I mean. It's my belief neither of you gentlemen know what you are about, but I'll tell you my way of it-life or death, and a close run."

"That is all clear, and, I dare say, true enough," replied Dr. Livesey. "We take the risk, but we are not so ignorant as you believe us. Next, you say you don't like the crew. Are they not good seamen?"

all clear - Tout est clair

ignorant - ignorant

"I don't like them, sir," returned Captain Smollett. "And I think I should have had the choosing of my own hands, if you go to that."

"Perhaps you should," replied the doctor. "My friend should, perhaps, have taken you along with him; but the slight, if there be one, was unintentional. And you don't like Mr. Arrow?"

Slight - insignifiant, léger

unintentional - involontaire

"I don't, sir. I believe he's a good seaman, but he's too free with the crew to be a good officer. A mate should keep himself to himself-shouldn't drink with the men before the mast!"

shouldn - devrait

"Do you mean he drinks?" cried the squire.

he drinks - qu'il boit

"No, sir," replied the captain, "only that he's too familiar."

familiar - familier, esprit familier

"Well, now, and the short and long of it, captain?" asked the doctor. "Tell us what you want."

"Well, gentlemen, are you determined to go on this cruise?"

determined - déterminé, déterminer

"Like iron," answered the squire.

"Very good," said the captain. "Then, as you've heard me very patiently, saying things that I could not prove, hear me a few words more. They are putting the powder and the arms in the fore hold. Now, you have a good place under the cabin; why not put them there?-first point. Then, you are bringing four of your own people with you, and they tell me some of them are to be berthed forward.

patiently - patiemment

berthed - accostée, couchette, marge de manouvre

Why not give them the berths here beside the cabin?-second point."

berths - places d'amarrage, couchette, marge de manouvre

"Any more?" asked Mr. Trelawney.

"One more," said the captain. "There's been too much blabbing already."

blabbing - blabbing, (blab) blabbing

"Far too much," agreed the doctor.

"I'll tell you what I've heard myself," continued Captain Smollett: "that you have a map of an island, that there's crosses on the map to show where treasure is, and that the island lies-" And then he named the latitude and longitude exactly.

"I never told that," cried the squire, "to a soul!"

"The hands know it, sir," returned the captain.

"Livesey, that must have been you or Hawkins," cried the squire.

"It doesn't much matter who it was," replied the doctor. And I could see that neither he nor the captain paid much regard to Mr. Trelawney's protestations. Neither did I, to be sure, he was so loose a talker; yet in this case I believe he was really right and that nobody had told the situation of the island.

loose - en vrac, ample, desserré

talker - Parleur

"Well, gentlemen," continued the captain, "I don't know who has this map; but I make it a point, it shall be kept secret even from me and Mr. Arrow. Otherwise I would ask you to let me resign."

kept secret - gardé secret

otherwise - autrement

resign - démissionner, résignent, résignez, résignons, abdiquer, résigner

"I see," said the doctor. "You wish us to keep this matter dark and to make a garrison of the stern part of the ship, manned with my friend's own people, and provided with all the arms and powder on board. In other words, you fear a mutiny."

garrison - garnison

stern - sévere, poupe

provided with - Fourni avec

mutiny - révolte, mutinerie

"Sir," said Captain Smollett, "with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth. No captain, sir, would be justified in going to sea at all if he had ground enough to say that. As for Mr. Arrow, I believe him thoroughly honest; some of the men are the same; all may be for what I know.

intention - intention

deny - nier, démentir, refuser

be justified - etre justifié

thoroughly honest - parfaitement honnete

But I am responsible for the ship's safety and the life of every man Jack aboard of her. I see things going, as I think, not quite right. And I ask you to take certain precautions or let me resign my berth. And that's all."

responsible - responsable

precautions - des précautions, précaution

"Captain Smollett," began the doctor with a smile, "did ever you hear the fable of the mountain and the mouse? You'll excuse me, I dare say, but you remind me of that fable. When you came in here, I'll stake my wig, you meant more than this."

fable - conte, fable

Excuse - pardon, excuser, pardonner, justifier, prétexte, excuse

remind - rappeler

"Doctor," said the captain, "you are smart. When I came in here I meant to get discharged. I had no thought that Mr. Trelawney would hear a word."

discharged - déchargée, licenciement, débit

"No more I would," cried the squire. "Had Livesey not been here I should have seen you to the deuce. As it is, I have heard you. I will do as you desire, but I think the worse of you."

desire - désirer, désir

"That's as you please, sir," said the captain. "You'll find I do my duty."

Duty - le devoir, devoir, obligation, service, travail, taxe

And with that he took his leave.

"Trelawney," said the doctor, "contrary to all my notions, I believed you have managed to get two honest men on board with you-that man and John Silver."

contrary - contraire, contrepied

notions - notions, notion

"Silver, if you like," cried the squire; "but as for that intolerable humbug, I declare I think his conduct unmanly, unsailorly, and downright un-English."

intolerable - intolérable

conduct - comportement, conduite, se comporter, conduire, mener

unmanly - pas viril, efféminé, lâche

unsailorly - sans voile

downright - franchement, vraiment, carrément

"Well," says the doctor, "we shall see."

When we came on deck, the men had begun already to take out the arms and powder, yo-ho-ing at their work, while the captain and Mr. Arrow stood by superintending.

deck - Le pont

stood by - Se tenir a côté

superintending - surintendante, surveiller, diriger

The new arrangement was quite to my liking. The whole schooner had been overhauled; six berths had been made astern out of what had been the after-part of the main hold; and this set of cabins was only joined to the galley and forecastle by a sparred passage on the port side. It had been originally meant that the captain, Mr.

arrangement - arrangement, disposition, composition, préparatifs, accord

cabins - cabines, cabane, cabine

galley - la cuisine, galere, galée, cambuse

forecastle - le gaillard d'avant, gaillard d'avant g

sparred - sparring, espar

port side - côté bâbord

originally - a l'origine

Arrow, Hunter, Joyce, the doctor, and the squire were to occupy these six berths. Now Redruth and I were to get two of them and Mr. Arrow and the captain were to sleep on deck in the companion, which had been enlarged on each side till you might almost have called it a round-house.

occupy - occuper, habiter

sleep on - Dormir sur

deck - pont

enlarged - élargi, agrandir, élargir, accroître

Very low it was still, of course; but there was room to swing two hammocks, and even the mate seemed pleased with the arrangement. Even he, perhaps, had been doubtful as to the crew, but that is only guess, for as you shall hear, we had not long the benefit of his opinion.

hammocks - des hamacs, hamac, hammock

doubtful - douteux, douteuse

benefit - avantages, avantage, bénéfice, subvention, profiter

We were all hard at work, changing the powder and the berths, when the last man or two, and Long John along with them, came off in a shore-boat.

The cook came up the side like a monkey for cleverness, and as soon as he saw what was doing, "So ho, mates!" says he. "What's this?"

monkey - singe, guenon

cleverness - l'ingéniosité

"We're a-changing of the powder, Jack," answers one.

"Why, by the powers," cried Long John, "if we do, we'll miss the morning tide!"

tide - marée, marées, reflux

"My orders!" said the captain shortly. "You may go below, my man. Hands will want supper."

shortly - dans peu de temps, rapidement, brievement

"Aye, aye, sir," answered the cook, and touching his forelock, he disappeared at once in the direction of his galley.

forelock - la touffe de cheveux

"That's a good man, captain," said the doctor.

"Very likely, sir," replied Captain Smollett. "Easy with that, men-easy," he ran on, to the fellows who were shifting the powder; and then suddenly observing me examining the swivel we carried amidships, a long brass nine, "Here you, ship's boy," he cried, "out o'that! off with you to the cook and get some work."

shifting - le changement de vitesse, mutation, (shift), quart, équipe

examining - l'examen, examiner

swivel - pivotant, émerillon, pivoter

off with you - va-t'en

And then as I was hurrying off I heard him say, quite loudly, to the doctor, "I'll have no favourites on my ship."

hurrying - se dépecher, dépechant, (hurry), précipitation, hâte

I assure you I was quite of the squire's way of thinking, and hated the captain deeply.

assure - assurer, rassurer

deeply - profondément

Chapter 10. The Voyage

Voyage - voyage

ALL that night we were in a great bustle getting things stowed in their place, and boatfuls of the squire's friends, Mr. Blandly and the like, coming off to wish him a good voyage and a safe return. We never had a night at the Admiral Benbow when I had half the work; and I was dog-tired when, a little before dawn, the boatswain sounded his pipe and the crew began to man the capstan-bars.

bustle - l'agitation, affairement, branlebas, remue-ménage, agitation

stowed - rangé, ranger

dawn - l'aube, se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil, aurore

I might have been twice as weary, yet I would not have left the deck, all was so new and interesting to me-the brief commands, the shrill note of the whistle, the men bustling to their places in the glimmer of the ship's lanterns.

weary - fatigué, las, lasser

shrill - strident, criard

bustling - en pleine effervescence, animé

glimmer - l'éclat, lueur, émettre une lueur

lanterns - lanternes, lanterne

"Now, Barbecue, tip us a stave," cried one voice.

Barbecue - barbecue

stave - stave, douve, fuseau, strophe, portée

"The old one," cried another.

"Aye, aye, mates," said Long John, who was standing by, with his crutch under his arm, and at once broke out in the air and words I knew so well:

standing by - en attente

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-"

And then the whole crew bore chorus:-

bore - l'alésage, rencontrer, naquis, ennuyer, acabit, lasser

"Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

And at the third "Ho!" drove the bars before them with a will.

Even at that exciting moment it carried me back to the old Admiral Benbow in a second, and I seemed to hear the voice of the captain piping in the chorus.

But soon the anchor was short up; soon it was hanging dripping at the bows; soon the sails began to draw, and the land and shipping to flit by on either side; and before I could lie down to snatch an hour of slumber the Hispaniola had begun her voyage to the Isle of Treasure.

dripping - goutte a goutte, dégoulinade

bows - arcs, (bow) arcs

Shipping - l'expédition, (ship) l'expédition

flit - flit, voltiger, voleter, papillonner, virevolter

snatch - l'arrachage, empoigner, happer, saisir, arracher, enlever

slumber - sommeil, somnolence, somnoler

I am not going to relate that voyage in detail. It was fairly prosperous. The ship proved to be a good ship, the crew were capable seamen, and the captain thoroughly understood his business. But before we came the length of Treasure Island, two or three things had happened which require to be known.

relate - se rapporter, concerner

prosperous - prospere

capable - capable

Mr. Arrow, first of all, turned out even worse than the captain had feared. He had no command among the men, and people did what they pleased with him. But that was by no means the worst of it, for after a day or two at sea he began to appear on deck with hazy eye, red cheeks, stuttering tongue, and other marks of drunkenness. Time after time he was ordered below in disgrace.

hazy - brumeux, flou, trouble, vague

stuttering - bégaiement, (stutter)

tongue - langue, languette

marks - marques, Marc

drunkenness - l'ivresse, ébriété, ivresse

Sometimes he fell and cut himself; sometimes he lay all day long in his little bunk at one side of the companion; sometimes for a day or two he would be almost sober and attend to his work at least passably.

bunk - bunk, couchette

attend to - s'occuper

passably - de maniere satisfaisante

In the meantime, we could never make out where he got the drink. That was the ship's mystery. Watch him as we pleased, we could do nothing to solve it; and when we asked him to his face, he would only laugh if he were drunk, and if he were sober deny solemnly that he ever tasted anything but water.

mystery - mystere, mystere

solve - résoudre, régler, solutionner

tasted - dégustée, gout, saveur, avant-gout, gouter, avoir un gout

He was not only useless as an officer and a bad influence amongst the men, but it was plain that at this rate he must soon kill himself outright, so nobody was much surprised, nor very sorry, when one dark night, with a head sea, he disappeared entirely and was seen no more.

useless - inutile, inutilisable, bon a rien

influence - influence, influencer, influer

amongst - entre, parmi

outright - carrément, completement, ouvertement, immédiatement

"Overboard!" said the captain. "Well, gentlemen, that saves the trouble of putting him in irons."

overboard - a la mer

saves - sauve, sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger

irons - fers a repasser, fer, repasser

But there we were, without a mate; and it was necessary, of course, to advance one of the men. The boatswain, Job Anderson, was the likeliest man aboard, and though he kept his old title, he served in a way as mate. Mr. Trelawney had followed the sea, and his knowledge made him very useful, for he often took a watch himself in easy weather.

necessary - nécessaire

advance - élever, avancer, avancée, progression, avance, souscription

served - servi, service, servir, signifier, purger

And the coxswain, Israel Hands, was a careful, wily, old, experienced seaman who could be trusted at a pinch with almost anything.

Israel - israël

careful - prudent, soigneux, attentif

wily - rusé, perfide, fourbe

experienced - expérimenté, expérience

trusted - de confiance, confiance, trust, faire confiance

pinch - pincer, chiper, pincement, pincée

He was a great confidant of Long John Silver, and so the mention of his name leads me on to speak of our ship's cook, Barbecue, as the men called him.

confidant - confidente, confident

leads - des pistes, conduire, mener

Aboard ship he carried his crutch by a lanyard round his neck, to have both hands as free as possible. It was something to see him wedge the foot of the crutch against a bulkhead, and propped against it, yielding to every movement of the ship, get on with his cooking like someone safe ashore. Still more strange was it to see him in the heaviest of weather cross the deck.

lanyard - lanyard, laniere, dragonne

wedge - coin, cale, toquade

bulkhead - cloison

yielding - rendant, (yield) rendant

more strange - plus étrange

heaviest - le plus lourd, lourd

He had a line or two rigged up to help him across the widest spaces-Long John's earrings, they were called; and he would hand himself from one place to another, now using the crutch, now trailing it alongside by the lanyard, as quickly as another man could walk. Yet some of the men who had sailed with him before expressed their pity to see him so reduced.

rigged up - truquées

widest - le plus large, large

trailing - en queue de peloton, pister, suivre, traîner, piste, traces-p

expressed - exprimée, exprimer

reduced - réduite, réduire, diminuer, fr

"He's no common man, Barbecue," said the coxswain to me. "He had good schooling in his young days and can speak like a book when so minded; and brave-a lion's nothing alongside of Long John! I seen him grapple four and knock their heads together-him unarmed."

grapple - grappin, attraper, capturer

All the crew respected and even obeyed him. He had a way of talking to each and doing everybody some particular service. To me he was unweariedly kind, and always glad to see me in the galley, which he kept as clean as a new pin, the dishes hanging up burnished and his parrot in a cage in one corner.

respected - respecté, respect, respecter

unweariedly - sans relâche

hanging up - raccrocher

burnished - bruni, polir

cage - cage, encager

"Come away, Hawkins," he would say; "come and have a yarn with John. Nobody more welcome than yourself, my son. Sit you down and hear the news. Here's Cap'n Flint-I calls my parrot Cap'n Flint, after the famous buccaneer-here's Cap'n Flint predicting success to our v'yage. Wasn't you, cap'n?"

yarn - le fil, fil, corde

more welcome - plus bienvenue

predicting - prédire

And the parrot would say, with great rapidity, "Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!" till you wondered that it was not out of breath, or till John threw his handkerchief over the cage.

rapidity - rapidité, célérité

handkerchief - mouchoir

"Now, that bird," he would say, "is, maybe, two hundred years old, Hawkins-they live forever mostly; and if anybody's seen more wickedness, it must be the devil himself. She's sailed with England, the great Cap'n England, the pirate. She's been at Madagascar, and at Malabar, and Surinam, and Providence, and Portobello. She was at the fishing up of the wrecked plate ships.

forever - a jamais, pour toujours, éternellement, checktoujours

wickedness - méchanceté, perversité, iniquité, mauvaise action

Madagascar - madagascar

Surinam - Surinam

Providence - la providence, Providence

Portobello - portobello

fishing up - Vous etes en train de pecher

wrecked - épave, carcasse, accident, bousiller, ruiner

plate - assiette, plaque, écriteau

It's there she learned 'Pieces of eight,'and little wonder; three hundred and fifty thousand of 'em, Hawkins! She was at the boarding of the viceroy of the Indies out of Goa, she was; and to look at her you would think she was a babby. But you smelt powder-didn't you, cap'n?"

boarding - l'embarquement, embarquement

Viceroy - vice-roi

Goa - goa

babby - babby

smelt - l'éperlan, fondre, (smell), odeur, parfum, gout, odorat, sentir

"Stand by to go about," the parrot would scream.

"Ah, she's a handsome craft, she is," the cook would say, and give her sugar from his pocket, and then the bird would peck at the bars and swear straight on, passing belief for wickedness. "There," John would add, "you can't touch pitch and not be mucked, lad. Here's this poor old innocent bird o'mine swearing blue fire, and none the wiser, you may lay to that.

peck - picorer, picotin

straight on - directement

passing - en passant, passager, éminent, rapide, extremement

mucked - mucked, boue, gadoue, fumier

innocent - innocent

swearing - jurant, (swear) jurant

none the wiser - pas plus sage

She would swear the same, in a manner of speaking, before chaplain." And John would touch his forelock with a solemn way he had that made me think he was the best of men.

swear - jurer, blasphémer, jurez, jurons, jurent

chaplain - aumônier, chapelain

solemn - solennel

In the meantime, the squire and Captain Smollett were still on pretty distant terms with one another. The squire made no bones about the matter; he despised the captain. The captain, on his part, never spoke but when he was spoken to, and then sharp and short and dry, and not a word wasted.

distant - distante, distant, lointain, éloigné

He owned, when driven into a corner, that he seemed to have been wrong about the crew, that some of them were as brisk as he wanted to see and all had behaved fairly well. As for the ship, he had taken a downright fancy to her. "She'll lie a point nearer the wind than a man has a right to expect of his own married wife, sir.

driven into - dans lequel il a été conduit

brisk - animé, vif, stimulant

behaved - s'est-elle comportée, comporter

expect - s'attendre a, attendre, s'attendre a

But," he would add, "all I say is, we're not home again, and I don't like the cruise."

The squire, at this, would turn away and march up and down the deck, chin in air.

turn away - se détourner

chin - menton

"A trifle more of that man," he would say, "and I shall explode."

explode - exploser, détoner, sauter

We had some heavy weather, which only proved the qualities of the Hispaniola. Every man on board seemed well content, and they must have been hard to please if they had been otherwise, for it is my belief there was never a ship's company so spoiled since Noah put to sea.

qualities - qualités, qualité

content - contenu, satisfait, contentement

spoiled - gâté, gâter, gâcher, tourner, dévoiler, révéler

Double grog was going on the least excuse; there was duff on odd days, as, for instance, if the squire heard it was any man's birthday, and always a barrel of apples standing broached in the waist for anyone to help himself that had a fancy.

duff - duff

barrel - tonneau, barrique, baril, canon, barillet, embariller

waist - taille, ceinture

"Never knew good come of it yet," the captain said to Dr. Livesey. "Spoil forecastle hands, make devils. That's my belief."

spoil - gâter, gâcher, tourner, dévoiler, révéler

devils - diables, Diable, Satan, type

But good did come of the apple barrel, as you shall hear, for if it had not been for that, we should have had no note of warning and might all have perished by the hand of treachery.

warning - l'avertissement, avertissement, attention, (warn), avertir

perished - a péri, périr

treachery - trahison, traîtrise

This was how it came about.

We had run up the trades to get the wind of the island we were after-I am not allowed to be more plain-and now we were running down for it with a bright lookout day and night. It was about the last day of our outward voyage by the largest computation; some time that night, or at latest before noon of the morrow, we should sight the Treasure Island. We were heading S.S.W.

run up - courir

trades - métiers, commerce, magasin, négoce, corps de métier

outward voyage - le voyage aller

computation - calcul, résultat

morrow - lendemain, matin

and had a steady breeze abeam and a quiet sea. The Hispaniola rolled steadily, dipping her bowsprit now and then with a whiff of spray. All was drawing alow and aloft; everyone was in the bravest spirits because we were now so near an end of the first part of our adventure.

breeze - brise

abeam - par le travers

steadily - régulierement

dipping - trempage, tremper

bowsprit - le beaupré, beaupré

whiff - whiff, souffle, bouffée, effluve

spray - pulvériser, embrun

bravest - le plus courageux, courageux

Now, just after sundown, when all my work was over and I was on my way to my berth, it occurred to me that I should like an apple. I ran on deck. The watch was all forward looking out for the island.

sundown - au coucher du soleil

The man at the helm was watching the luff of the sail and whistling away gently to himself, and that was the only sound excepting the swish of the sea against the bows and around the sides of the ship.

helm - barre, gouvernail, timon

Luff - le guindant

excepting - a l'exception de, faire une exception

swish - swish, chic, doux, en vogue, lisse, bruisser

sides - côtés, côté

In I got bodily into the apple barrel, and found there was scarce an apple left; but sitting down there in the dark, what with the sound of the waters and the rocking movement of the ship, I had either fallen asleep or was on the point of doing so when a heavy man sat down with rather a clash close by.

scarce - rare

sitting down - assis

Rocking - le basculement, super, génial, rockant, (roc), COR

fallen asleep - Tu t'es endormi

The barrel shook as he leaned his shoulders against it, and I was just about to jump up when the man began to speak.

jump up - sauter

It was Silver's voice, and before I had heard a dozen words, I would not have shown myself for all the world, but lay there, trembling and listening, in the extreme of fear and curiosity, for from these dozen words I understood that the lives of all the honest men aboard depended upon me alone.

depended - dépendait, dépendre, pendre

Chapter 11. What I Heard in the Apple Barrel

NO, not I," said Silver. "Flint was cap'n; I was quartermaster, along of my timber leg. The same broadside I lost my leg, old Pew lost his deadlights. It was a master surgeon, him that ampytated me-out of college and all-Latin by the bucket, and what not; but he was hanged like a dog, and sun-dried like the rest, at Corso Castle.

quartermaster - l'intendant, quartier-maître

broadside - le front de taille, bordée, flanc

surgeon - chirurgien, chirurgienne

ampytated - amputé

Latin - latine

bucket - seau

hanged - pendu

dried - séché, sec, anhydre, sécher, tfaire sécher

castle - château, château-fort, roquer

That was Roberts'men, that was, and comed of changing names to their ships-Royal Fortune and so on. Now, what a ship was christened, so let her stay, I says. So it was with the Cassandra, as brought us all safe home from Malabar, after England took the viceroy of the Indies; so it was with the old Walrus, Flint's old ship, as I've seen amuck with the red blood and fit to sink with gold."

Roberts - roberts, Robert

comed - comed

christened - baptisé, baptiser, nommer

Cassandra - cassandra, Cassandre

walrus - morse

amuck - de l'eau

fit - s'adapter, adapter

sink - couler, s'enfoncer, évier, lavabo

"Ah!" cried another voice, that of the youngest hand on board, and evidently full of admiration. "He was the flower of the flock, was Flint!"

evidently - évidemment, de toute évidence, manifestement

admiration - l'admiration, admiration

flock - troupeau

"Davis was a man too, by all accounts," said Silver. "I never sailed along of him; first with England, then with Flint, that's my story; and now here on my own account, in a manner of speaking. I laid by nine hundred safe, from England, and two thousand after Flint. That ain't bad for a man before the mast-all safe in bank. 'Tain't earning now, it's saving does it, you may lay to that.

accounts - comptes, compte

tain - tain

earning - gagnant, (earn) gagnant

Where's all England's men now? I dunno. Where's Flint's? Why, most on 'em aboard here, and glad to get the duff-been begging before that, some on 'em. Old Pew, as had lost his sight, and might have thought shame, spends twelve hundred pound in a year, like a lord in Parliament. Where is he now?

dunno - ne sait pas

shame - la honte, honte, vergogne

Lord - châtelain, seigneur, monsieur

Parliament - le parlement, parlement, pain d'épices

Well, he's dead now and under hatches; but for two year before that, shiver my timbers, the man was starving! He begged, and he stole, and he cut throats, and starved at that, by the powers!"

hatches - les écoutilles, passe-plats

Starving - affamés, affamant, (starve), mourir de faim, crever de faim

begged - supplié, mendier

Stole - volé, volâmes, volai, vola, volerent, (steal), voler, vol

throats - gorges, gorge, goulot

starved - affamés, mourir de faim, crever de faim

"Well, it ain't much use, after all," said the young seaman.

"'Tain't much use for fools, you may lay to it-that, nor nothing," cried Silver. "But now, you look here: you're young, you are, but you're as smart as paint. I see that when I set my eyes on you, and I'll talk to you like a man."

You may imagine how I felt when I heard this abominable old rogue addressing another in the very same words of flattery as he had used to myself. I think, if I had been able, that I would have killed him through the barrel. Meantime, he ran on, little supposing he was overheard.

rogue - canaille, fripouille, coquin, voyou, garnement, vagabond

flattery - la flatterie, flatterie

killed - tué, tuer

"Here it is about gentlemen of fortune. They lives rough, and they risk swinging, but they eat and drink like fighting-cocks, and when a cruise is done, why, it's hundreds of pounds instead of hundreds of farthings in their pockets. Now, the most goes for rum and a good fling, and to sea again in their shirts. But that's not the course I lay.

farthings - farthings, farthing

fling - flirt, brandir

I puts it all away, some here, some there, and none too much anywheres, by reason of suspicion. I'm fifty, mark you; once back from this cruise, I set up gentleman in earnest. Time enough too, says you. Ah, but I've lived easy in the meantime, never denied myself o'nothing heart desires, and slep'soft and ate dainty all my days but when at sea. And how did I begin? Before the mast, like you!"

anywheres - n'importe ou, n'importe ou, ou que ce soit, nulle part

suspicion - suspicion, soupçon

earnest - sérieux, (earn) sérieux

denied - refusée, nier, démentir, refuser

desires - désirs, désirer, désir

dainty - délicate, délicat, mignon

"Well," said the other, "but all the other money's gone now, ain't it? You daren't show face in Bristol after this."

"Why, where might you suppose it was?" asked Silver derisively.

derisively - par dérision

"At Bristol, in banks and places," answered his companion.

"It were," said the cook; "it were when we weighed anchor. But my old missis has it all by now. And the Spy-glass is sold, lease and goodwill and rigging; and the old girl's off to meet me. I would tell you where, for I trust you, but it'd make jealousy among the mates."

weighed - pesée, peser, lever l’ancre

missis - missis

lease - bail, baillons, baillez, baillent, affermer, bailler

goodwill - la bonne volonté, bonne volonté, bienveillance, achalandage

rigging - le truquage, (rig) le truquage

trust - confiance, trust, faire confiance, avoir foi en quelqu’un

jealousy - jalousie, envie

"And can you trust your missis?" asked the other.

"Gentlemen of fortune," returned the cook, "usually trusts little among themselves, and right they are, you may lay to it. But I have a way with me, I have. When a mate brings a slip on his cable-one as knows me, I mean-it won't be in the same world with old John. There was some that was feared of Pew, and some that was feared of Flint; but Flint his own self was feared of me.

trusts - confiance, trust, faire confiance

among themselves - entre eux

brings a - Apporter un / une

slip on - glisser sur

cable - câble, fil électrique, torsade

self - soi, soi-meme

Feared he was, and proud. They was the roughest crew afloat, was Flint's; the devil himself would have been feared to go to sea with them. Well now, I tell you, I'm not a boasting man, and you seen yourself how easy I keep company, but when I was quartermaster, lambs wasn't the word for Flint's old buccaneers. Ah, you may be sure of yourself in old John's ship."

roughest - le plus difficile, rude, rugueux, brut, approximatif, difficile

afloat - a flot, a flot

lambs - agneaux, agneau, agnelle, mettre bas

"Well, I tell you now," replied the lad, "I didn't half a quarter like the job till I had this talk with you, John; but there's my hand on it now."

"And a brave lad you were, and smart too," answered Silver, shaking hands so heartily that all the barrel shook, "and a finer figurehead for a gentleman of fortune I never clapped my eyes on."

figurehead - figure de proue, homme de paille, fantoche

By this time I had begun to understand the meaning of their terms. By a "gentleman of fortune" they plainly meant neither more nor less than a common pirate, and the little scene that I had overheard was the last act in the corruption of one of the honest hands-perhaps of the last one left aboard.

last act - dernier acte

corruption - corruption, pourriture, concussion

But on this point I was soon to be relieved, for Silver giving a little whistle, a third man strolled up and sat down by the party.

strolled - flâné, promenade, flânerie, balade, flâner, promener

"Dick's square," said Silver.

"Oh, I know'd Dick was square," returned the voice of the coxswain, Israel Hands. "He's no fool, is Dick." And he turned his quid and spat. "But look here," he went on, "here's what I want to know, Barbecue: how long are we a-going to stand off and on like a blessed bumboat? I've had a'most enough o'Cap'n Smollett; he's hazed me long enough, by thunder! I want to go into that cabin, I do.

spat - spatule

bumboat - Bumboat

hazed - bizutage, brume (légere)

I want their pickles and wines, and that."

pickles - des cornichons, marinade(s)

"Israel," said Silver, "your head ain't much account, nor ever was. But you're able to hear, I reckon; leastways, your ears is big enough. Now, here's what I say: you'll berth forward, and you'll live hard, and you'll speak soft, and you'll keep sober till I give the word; and you may lay to that, my son."

reckon - le reconnaître, considérer

leastways - au moins

"Well, I don't say no, do I?" growled the coxswain. "What I say is, when? That's what I say."

"When! By the powers!" cried Silver. "Well now, if you want to know, I'll tell you when. The last moment I can manage, and that's when. Here's a first-rate seaman, Cap'n Smollett, sails the blessed ship for us. Here's this squire and doctor with a map and such-I don't know where it is, do I? No more do you, says you.

first-rate - (first-rate) de premier ordre

Well then, I mean this squire and doctor shall find the stuff, and help us to get it aboard, by the powers. Then we'll see. If I was sure of you all, sons of double Dutchmen, I'd have Cap'n Smollett navigate us half-way back again before I struck."

stuff - trucs, truc, substance (1), checkmachin (2), checktruc (2)

Dutchmen - néerlandais, Hollandais

navigate - naviguer

"Why, we're all seamen aboard here, I should think," said the lad Dick.

"We're all forecastle hands, you mean," snapped Silver. "We can steer a course, but who's to set one? That's what all you gentlemen split on, first and last. If I had my way, I'd have Cap'n Smollett work us back into the trades at least; then we'd have no blessed miscalculations and a spoonful of water a day. But I know the sort you are.

snapped - cassé, claquer, claquement de doigts, photographie, photo

steer - diriger, piloter

spoonful - cuillerée

I'll finish with 'em at the island, as soon's the blunt's on board, and a pity it is. But you're never happy till you're drunk. Split my sides, I've a sick heart to sail with the likes of you!"

blunt - émoussé

"Easy all, Long John," cried Israel. "Who's a-crossin'of you?"

crossin - traverser

"Why, how many tall ships, think ye, now, have I seen laid aboard? And how many brisk lads drying in the sun at Execution Dock?" cried Silver. "And all for this same hurry and hurry and hurry. You hear me? I seen a thing or two at sea, I have. If you would on'y lay your course, and a p'int to windward, you would ride in carriages, you would. But not you! I know you.

ye - ou, lequel

execution - l'exécution, exécution

carriages - les wagons, rench: -neededr, carrosse, port, chariot

You'll have your mouthful of rum tomorrow, and go hang."

mouthful - bouchée

"Everybody knowed you was a kind of a chapling, John; but there's others as could hand and steer as well as you," said Israel. "They liked a bit o'fun, they did. They wasn't so high and dry, nohow, but took their fling, like jolly companions every one."

knowed - connu

jolly - jovial

Companions - compagnons, compagnon, compagne

"So?" says Silver. "Well, and where are they now? Pew was that sort, and he died a beggar-man. Flint was, and he died of rum at Savannah. Ah, they was a sweet crew, they was! On'y, where are they?"

"But," asked Dick, "when we do lay 'em athwart, what are we to do with 'em, anyhow?"

athwart - l'athmosphere, a travers, d'un coté a l'autre

anyhow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre, de toute maniere

"There's the man for me!" cried the cook admiringly. "That's what I call business. Well, what would you think? Put 'em ashore like maroons? That would have been England's way. Or cut 'em down like that much pork? That would have been Flint's, or Billy Bones's."

admiringly - avec admiration

pork - porc, cochon

"Billy was the man for that," said Israel. "'Dead men don't bite,'says he. Well, he's dead now hisself; he knows the long and short on it now; and if ever a rough hand come to port, it was Billy."

bite - mordre, maintenir, garder, tomber dans le panneau, marcher

"Right you are," said Silver; "rough and ready. But mark you here, I'm an easy man-I'm quite the gentleman, says you; but this time it's serious. Dooty is dooty, mates. I give my vote-death. When I'm in Parlyment and riding in my coach, I don't want none of these sea-lawyers in the cabin a-coming home, unlooked for, like the devil at prayers.

vote - voix, vote, votation, voter

lawyers - des avocats, juriste, homme de loi, femme de loi, avocat

unlooked - sans regard

Wait is what I say; but when the time comes, why, Let her rip!"

Let her rip - Foncer

"John," cries the coxswain, "you're a man!"

"You'll say so, Israel when you see," said Silver. "Only one thing I claim-I claim Trelawney. I'll wring his calf's head off his body with these hands, Dick!" he added, breaking off. "You just jump up, like a sweet lad, and get me an apple, to wet my pipe like."

claim - réclamation, titre, affirmation, revendication, demande

wring - tordre, tords, tordons, tordez, tordent

breaking off - se détacher

wet - humide, mouillé, mouiller, se mouiller

You may fancy the terror I was in! I should have leaped out and run for it if I had found the strength, but my limbs and heart alike misgave me. I heard Dick begin to rise, and then someone seemingly stopped him, and the voice of Hands exclaimed, "Oh, stow that! Don't you get sucking of that bilge, John. Let's have a go of the rum."

limbs - membres, membre

alike - comme, semblable, pareil, analogue, pareillement

seemingly - censément

Stow - ranger, rangez, caser, mettre, rangeons, rangent

sucking - sucer, succion, sucement, (suck), téter, etre chiant

bilge - fond de cale, sentine

"Dick," said Silver, "I trust you. I've a gauge on the keg, mind. There's the key; you fill a pannikin and bring it up."

gauge - jauge, gabarit, étalon, mesurer, estimer, jauger

keg - tonneau, tonnelet, baril

pannikin - pannikin, godet

Terrified as I was, I could not help thinking to myself that this must have been how Mr. Arrow got the strong waters that destroyed him.

destroyed - détruite, détruire, euthanasier

Dick was gone but a little while, and during his absence Israel spoke straight on in the cook's ear. It was but a word or two that I could catch, and yet I gathered some important news, for besides other scraps that tended to the same purpose, this whole clause was audible: "Not another man of them'll jine." Hence there were still faithful men on board.

gathered - rassemblés, rassembler, ramasser, recueillir

tended - tendu, garder

clause - proposition, clause

hence - d'ou, d'ici, ainsi, donc, d'ou

faithful - fidele, fidele, loyal

When Dick returned, one after another of the trio took the pannikin and drank-one "To luck," another with a "Here's to old Flint," and Silver himself saying, in a kind of song, "Here's to ourselves, and hold your luff, plenty of prizes and plenty of duff."

plenty - l'abondance, abondance

prizes - des prix, forcer, ouvrir de force

Just then a sort of brightness fell upon me in the barrel, and looking up, I found the moon had risen and was silvering the mizzen-top and shining white on the luff of the fore-sail; and almost at the same time the voice of the lookout shouted, "Land ho!"

brightness - brillance, luminosité, intelligence

moon - lune

silvering - l'argenture, argenture, (silver) l'argenture

mizzen - l'artimon, artimon

shining - brillant, tibia

Chapter 12. Council of War

Council - le conseil, conseil

THERE was a great rush of feet across the deck. I could hear people tumbling up from the cabin and the forecastle, and slipping in an instant outside my barrel, I dived behind the fore-sail, made a double towards the stern, and came out upon the open deck in time to join Hunter and Dr. Livesey in the rush for the weather bow.

tumbling - la culbute, (tumble), culbute, dégringoler, culbuter

slipping - glissement, glisser

dived - plongé, plonger

There all hands were already congregated. A belt of fog had lifted almost simultaneously with the appearance of the moon. Away to the south-west of us we saw two low hills, about a couple of miles apart, and rising behind one of them a third and higher hill, whose peak was still buried in the fog. All three seemed sharp and conical in figure.

simultaneously - simultanément

couple - couple, paire, époux, quelques, deux ou trois., coupler

apart - a part, séparé, séparément, a part, en morceaux, en pieces

Peak - le sommet, apogée, comble

conical - conique

So much I saw, almost in a dream, for I had not yet recovered from my horrid fear of a minute or two before. And then I heard the voice of Captain Smollett issuing orders. The Hispaniola was laid a couple of points nearer the wind and now sailed a course that would just clear the island on the east.

recovered - récupéré, recouvrer (la santé)

issuing - l'émission, sortie, émission, livraison, délivrance

"And now, men," said the captain, when all was sheeted home, "has any one of you ever seen that land ahead?"

Sheeted - en feuilles, feuille, plaque, écoute

ahead - a l'avance, devant

"I have, sir," said Silver. "I've watered there with a trader I was cook in."

trader - négociant, commerçant, trader, marchand, (trade), commerce

"The anchorage is on the south, behind an islet, I fancy?" asked the captain.

islet - îlot, ilot

"Yes, sir; Skeleton Island they calls it. It were a main place for pirates once, and a hand we had on board knowed all their names for it. That hill to the nor'ard they calls the Fore-mast Hill; there are three hills in a row running south'ard-fore, main, and mizzen, sir.

ard - ard, araire

Row - rangée, tintamarre, canoter, ramer

But the main-that's the big un, with the cloud on it-they usually calls the Spy-glass, by reason of a lookout they kept when they was in the anchorage cleaning, for it's there they cleaned their ships, sir, asking your pardon."

cloud - nuage, s'obscurcir

"I have a chart here," says Captain Smollett. "See if that's the place."

Long John's eyes burned in his head as he took the chart, but by the fresh look of the paper I knew he was doomed to disappointment. This was not the map we found in Billy Bones's chest, but an accurate copy, complete in all things-names and heights and soundings-with the single exception of the red crosses and the written notes.

doomed - condamnée, mort, ruine, perte, condamner

disappointment - déception

accurate - exacte

copy - copie, exemplaire, copier, imiter, recevoir

heights - les hauteurs, hauteur, taille

exception - exception

Sharp as must have been his annoyance, Silver had the strength of mind to hide it.

strength of mind - la force de l'esprit

hide - cacher, planquer, peau, fourrure

"Yes, sir," said he, "this is the spot, to be sure, and very prettily drawed out. Who might have done that, I wonder? The pirates were too ignorant, I reckon. Aye, here it is: 'Capt. Kidd's Anchorage'-just the name my shipmate called it. There's a strong current runs along the south, and then away nor'ard up the west coast.

prettily - joliment

drawed - dessiné

current - courant, présent, actuel

Right you was, sir," says he, "to haul your wind and keep the weather of the island. Leastways, if such was your intention as to enter and careen, and there ain't no better place for that in these waters."

careen - caréner, se coucher (of ship)

"Thank you, my man," says Captain Smollett. "I'll ask you later on to give us a help. You may go."

I was surprised at the coolness with which John avowed his knowledge of the island, and I own I was half-frightened when I saw him drawing nearer to myself. He did not know, to be sure, that I had overheard his council from the apple barrel, and yet I had by this time taken such a horror of his cruelty, duplicity, and power that I could scarce conceal a shudder when he laid his hand upon my arm.

coolness - de la fraîcheur, frais

avowed - avoué, avouer, confesser

horror - l'horreur, horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion

cruelty - la cruauté, cruauté

duplicity - duplicité, double jeu

power - pouvoir, puissance, électricité, courant, alimenter

shudder - frémir, tremblement, frisson, frissonner, trembler

"Ah," says he, "this here is a sweet spot, this island-a sweet spot for a lad to get ashore on. You'll bathe, and you'll climb trees, and you'll hunt goats, you will; and you'll get aloft on them hills like a goat yourself. Why, it makes me young again. I was going to forget my timber leg, I was. It's a pleasant thing to be young and have ten toes, and you may lay to that.

bathe - prendre un bain, se baigner, faire prendre un bain, baignade

goats - chevres, chevre, bouc, bique

toes - orteils, orteil, doigt de pied

When you want to go a bit of exploring, you just ask old John, and he'll put up a snack for you to take along."

exploring - l'exploration, explorer

snack - le gouter, casse croute

take along - emporter

And clapping me in the friendliest way upon the shoulder, he hobbled off forward and went below.

Captain Smollett, the squire, and Dr. Livesey were talking together on the quarter-deck, and anxious as I was to tell them my story, I durst not interrupt them openly. While I was still casting about in my thoughts to find some probable excuse, Dr. Livesey called me to his side.

anxious - anxieux, désireux

durst - durst, oser

interrupt - interrompre, couper

openly - ouvertement

casting - casting, moulage, (cast), jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner

probable - probable

He had left his pipe below, and being a slave to tobacco, had meant that I should fetch it; but as soon as I was near enough to speak and not to be overheard, I broke immediately, "Doctor, let me speak. Get the captain and squire down to the cabin, and then make some pretence to send for me. I have terrible news."

slave - esclave, serf, serve

pretence - prétention

send for - envoyer pour

terrible news - Une terrible nouvelle

The doctor changed countenance a little, but next moment he was master of himself.

countenance - visage, approuver

"Thank you, Jim," said he quite loudly, "that was all I wanted to know," as if he had asked me a question.

And with that he turned on his heel and rejoined the other two. They spoke together for a little, and though none of them started, or raised his voice, or so much as whistled, it was plain enough that Dr. Livesey had communicated my request, for the next thing that I heard was the captain giving an order to Job Anderson, and all hands were piped on deck.

communicated - communiquée, communiquer, communier

request - demander, prier, requete, demande

piped - canalisations, cornemuse, conduit, tuyau, barre verticale, tube

"My lads," said Captain Smollett, "I've a word to say to you. This land that we have sighted is the place we have been sailing for. Mr.

sighted - voyants, vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur

Trelawney, being a very open-handed gentleman, as we all know, has just asked me a word or two, and as I was able to tell him that every man on board had done his duty, alow and aloft, as I never ask to see it done better, why, he and I and the doctor are going below to the cabin to drink your health and luck, and you'll have grog served out for you to drink our health and luck.

I'll tell you what I think of this: I think it handsome. And if you think as I do, you'll give a good sea-cheer for the gentleman that does it."

cheer - applaudir, jubiler

The cheer followed-that was a matter of course; but it rang out so full and hearty that I confess I could hardly believe these same men were plotting for our blood.

confess - avouer, confesser

plotting - comploter, intrigue, lopin, diagramme, graphique, complot

"One more cheer for Cap'n Smollett," cried Long John when the first had subsided.

subsided - s'est apaisée, tomber, calmer

And this also was given with a will.

On the top of that the three gentlemen went below, and not long after, word was sent forward that Jim Hawkins was wanted in the cabin.

I found them all three seated round the table, a bottle of Spanish wine and some raisins before them, and the doctor smoking away, with his wig on his lap, and that, I knew, was a sign that he was agitated. The stern window was open, for it was a warm night, and you could see the moon shining behind on the ship's wake.

raisins - des raisins secs, raisin sec

smoking - fumant, (smoke) fumant

lap - tour, clapoter

"Now, Hawkins," said the squire, "you have something to say. Speak up."

I did as I was bid, and as short as I could make it, told the whole details of Silver's conversation. Nobody interrupted me till I was done, nor did any one of the three of them make so much as a movement, but they kept their eyes upon my face from first to last.

"Jim," said Dr. Livesey, "take a seat."

And they made me sit down at table beside them, poured me out a glass of wine, filled my hands with raisins, and all three, one after the other, and each with a bow, drank my good health, and their service to me, for my luck and courage.

poured - versé, verser, se déverser

courage - bravoure, courage, cour, vaillance

"Now, captain," said the squire, "you were right, and I was wrong. I own myself an ass, and I await your orders."

ass - cul, aliboron, ane, âne

await - attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter

"No more an ass than I, sir," returned the captain. "I never heard of a crew that meant to mutiny but what showed signs before, for any man that had an eye in his head to see the mischief and take steps according. But this crew," he added, "beats me."

signs - des signes, signe

mischief - méfaits, espieglerie, betise, polissonnerie, méfait

take steps - prendre des mesures

beats - battements, battre

"Captain," said the doctor, "with your permission, that's Silver. A very remarkable man."

remarkable - remarquable

"He'd look remarkably well from a yard-arm, sir," returned the captain. "But this is talk; this don't lead to anything. I see three or four points, and with Mr. Trelawney's permission, I'll name them."

remarkably - remarquablement

"You, sir, are the captain. It is for you to speak," says Mr. Trelawney grandly.

grandly - en grande pompe

"First point," began Mr. Smollett. "We must go on, because we can't turn back. If I gave the word to go about, they would rise at once. Second point, we have time before us-at least until this treasure's found. Third point, there are faithful hands.

turn back - faire demi-tour

Now, sir, it's got to come to blows sooner or later, and what I propose is to take time by the forelock, as the saying is, and come to blows some fine day when they least expect it. We can count, I take it, on your own home servants, Mr. Trelawney?"

servants - serviteurs, serviteur, domestique, servante, fr

"As upon myself," declared the squire.

"Three," reckoned the captain; "ourselves make seven, counting Hawkins here. Now, about the honest hands?"

reckoned - a calculé, considérer

counting - compter, comte

"Most likely Trelawney's own men," said the doctor; "those he had picked up for himself before he lit on Silver."

"Nay," replied the squire. "Hands was one of mine."

Nay - nay, ou plutôt, voire, que dis-je

"I did think I could have trusted Hands," added the captain.

"And to think that they're all Englishmen!" broke out the squire. "Sir, I could find it in my heart to blow the ship up."

Englishmen - des anglais, Anglais

"Well, gentlemen," said the captain, "the best that I can say is not much. We must lay to, if you please, and keep a bright lookout. It's trying on a man, I know. It would be pleasanter to come to blows. But there's no help for it till we know our men. Lay to, and whistle for a wind, that's my view."

trying on - en train d'essayer

pleasanter - plus agréable, agréable, plaisant

"Jim here," said the doctor, "can help us more than anyone. The men are not shy with him, and Jim is a noticing lad."

Shy - timide, gené, prudent, embarrassé

noticing - remarquer, notification, préavis

"Hawkins, I put prodigious faith in you," added the squire.

prodigious - prodigieux

I began to feel pretty desperate at this, for I felt altogether helpless; and yet, by an odd train of circumstances, it was indeed through me that safety came. In the meantime, talk as we pleased, there were only seven out of the twenty-six on whom we knew we could rely; and out of these seven one was a boy, so that the grown men on our side were six to their nineteen.

helpless - sans défense, désemparé

circumstances - circonstances, circonstance

rely - s'appuyer, compter sur

PART THREE-My Shore Adventure

Chapter 13. How My Shore Adventure Began

THE appearance of the island when I came on deck next morning was altogether changed. Although the breeze had now utterly ceased, we had made a great deal of way during the night and were now lying becalmed about half a mile to the south-east of the low eastern coast. Grey-coloured woods covered a large part of the surface.

although - bien que, combien que, encore que, nonobstant que

eastern - orientale, oriental

woods - bois, (de) bois

covered - couverts, couvercle, couverture, couvert

This even tint was indeed broken up by streaks of yellow sand-break in the lower lands, and by many tall trees of the pine family, out-topping the others-some singly, some in clumps; but the general colouring was uniform and sad. The hills ran up clear above the vegetation in spires of naked rock.

tint - teinte, nuance, teindre

broken up - rompu

streaks - des stries, raie, chésias du genet

pine - pin

topping - l'étetage, couverture, (top), dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune

singly - un a un

clumps - des touffes, amas, touffe, massif

uniform - uniforme

ran up - a couru

vegetation - la végétation, végétation

spires - spires, fleche

naked - nue, nu, a poil, dénudé

All were strangely shaped, and the Spy-glass, which was by three or four hundred feet the tallest on the island, was likewise the strangest in configuration, running up sheer from almost every side and then suddenly cut off at the top like a pedestal to put a statue on.

strangely - étrangement

four hundred - quatre cents

likewise - de meme

Strangest - le plus étrange, étrange, anormal, inconnu, étranger

configuration - configuration

running up - en cours d'exécution

pedestal - piédestal

statue - statue

The Hispaniola was rolling scuppers under in the ocean swell. The booms were tearing at the blocks, the rudder was banging to and fro, and the whole ship creaking, groaning, and jumping like a manufactory.

swell - gonfler, déferlement, se tuméfier

booms - des barrages, forte hausse

tearing - déchirure, larme

rudder - le gouvernail, gouvernail

banging - banging, détonation

creaking - grincement, craquement, craquer

manufactory - fabrication

I had to cling tight to the backstay, and the world turned giddily before my eyes, for though I was a good enough sailor when there was way on, this standing still and being rolled about like a bottle was a thing I never learned to stand without a qualm or so, above all in the morning, on an empty stomach.

cling - s'accrocher, s'accrocher (a)

tight - serré, tendu, ivre, bien

giddily - avec vertige

qualm - qualm, scrupule

stomach - l'estomac, estomac, ventre, bedon (pot belly), digérer

Perhaps it was this-perhaps it was the look of the island, with its grey, melancholy woods, and wild stone spires, and the surf that we could both see and hear foaming and thundering on the steep beach-at least, although the sun shone bright and hot, and the shore birds were fishing and crying all around us, and you would have thought anyone would have been glad to get to land after being so long at sea, my heart sank, as the saying is, into my boots; and from the first look onward, I hated the very thought of Treasure Island.

melancholy - mélancolie

foaming - la mousse, spumeux, mousseux, moussant, (foam), écume, mousse

been glad - été heureux

onward - plus loin, en avant

We had a dreary morning's work before us, for there was no sign of any wind, and the boats had to be got out and manned, and the ship warped three or four miles round the corner of the island and up the narrow passage to the haven behind Skeleton Island. I volunteered for one of the boats, where I had, of course, no business. The heat was sweltering, and the men grumbled fiercely over their work.

dreary - lugubre, terne, insipide, maussade

warped - déformé, gauchir

narrow - étroite, pressé, étroit

volunteered - volontaire, bénévole

sweltering - étouffant, (swelter), étouffer, canicule

fiercely - férocement, âprement, farouchement

Anderson was in command of my boat, and instead of keeping the crew in order, he grumbled as loud as the worst.

"Well," he said with an oath, "it's not forever."

I thought this was a very bad sign, for up to that day the men had gone briskly and willingly about their business; but the very sight of the island had relaxed the cords of discipline.

willingly - volontairement, volontiers

cords - cordons, corde, cordon

All the way in, Long John stood by the steersman and conned the ship. He knew the passage like the palm of his hand, and though the man in the chains got everywhere more water than was down in the chart, John never hesitated once.

steersman - steerman

conned - escroqué, arnaquer

chains - chaînes, chaîne, enchaîner

everywhere - partout

hesitated - hésité, hésiter

"There's a strong scour with the ebb," he said, "and this here passage has been dug out, in a manner of speaking, with a spade."

scour - récurer

Ebb - le reflux, reflux, jusant, refluer, décliner

dug out - déterré

spade - beche, creuser, palette

We brought up just where the anchor was in the chart, about a third of a mile from each shore, the mainland on one side and Skeleton Island on the other. The bottom was clean sand. The plunge of our anchor sent up clouds of birds wheeling and crying over the woods, but in less than a minute they were down again and all was once more silent.

mainland - continentale, continent

plunge - plonger

wheeling - rouler, Le roulage, (wheel), roue, barre

more silent - plus silencieux

The place was entirely land-locked, buried in woods, the trees coming right down to high-water mark, the shores mostly flat, and the hilltops standing round at a distance in a sort of amphitheatre, one here, one there. Two little rivers, or rather two swamps, emptied out into this pond, as you might call it; and the foliage round that part of the shore had a kind of poisonous brightness.

amphitheatre - amphithéâtre

swamps - marécages, marécage, marais, submerger

emptied - vidée, vide, vider, cadavre

pond - étang, mare

foliage - le feuillage, feuillage

poisonous - toxiques

From the ship we could see nothing of the house or stockade, for they were quite buried among trees; and if it had not been for the chart on the companion, we might have been the first that had ever anchored there since the island arose out of the seas.

anchored - ancré, ancre

There was not a breath of air moving, nor a sound but that of the surf booming half a mile away along the beaches and against the rocks outside. A peculiar stagnant smell hung over the anchorage-a smell of sodden leaves and rotting tree trunks. I observed the doctor sniffing and sniffing, like someone tasting a bad egg.

booming - en plein essor, (boom) en plein essor

hung over - La gueule de bois

sodden - détrempé, mouillé, trempé, bourré

rotting - la pourriture, pourrir

trunks - troncs d'arbre, tronc, malle, coffre, trompe

sniffing - renifler, (sniff), sniffer

tasting - la dégustation, goutant, (taste), gout, saveur, avant-gout

A bad egg - un mauvais éleve

"I don't know about treasure," he said, "but I'll stake my wig there's fever here."

fever - de la fievre, fievre

If the conduct of the men had been alarming in the boat, it became truly threatening when they had come aboard. They lay about the deck growling together in talk. The slightest order was received with a black look and grudgingly and carelessly obeyed. Even the honest hands must have caught the infection, for there was not one man aboard to mend another.

truly - vraiment

threatening - menaçante, menaçant, (threaten), menacer

growling - grognement, (growl), feulement, borborygme

slightest - le moins du monde, insignifiant, léger

grudgingly - a contrecour, envieuxse

carelessly - négligemment

infection - l'infection, infection

mend - réparer, raccommoder, rapiécer, s'améliorer

Mutiny, it was plain, hung over us like a thunder-cloud.

And it was not only we of the cabin party who perceived the danger. Long John was hard at work going from group to group, spending himself in good advice, and as for example no man could have shown a better. He fairly outstripped himself in willingness and civility; he was all smiles to everyone. If an order were given, John would be on his crutch in an instant, with the cheeriest "Aye, aye, sir!

perceived - perçue, percevoir

outstripped - dépassé, devancer

civility - civilité, politesse

smiles - sourires, sourire

" in the world; and when there was nothing else to do, he kept up one song after another, as if to conceal the discontent of the rest.

kept up - maintenu

discontent - mécontentement, checkprotestation

Of all the gloomy features of that gloomy afternoon, this obvious anxiety on the part of Long John appeared the worst.

gloomy - morose, lugubre, sombre, terne, maussade

features - caractéristiques, caractéristique, particularité, spécialité

obvious - évidentes, évident

anxiety - l'anxiété, anxiété, inquiétude, angoisse

We held a council in the cabin.

"Sir," said the captain, "if I risk another order, the whole ship'll come about our ears by the run. You see, sir, here it is. I get a rough answer, do I not? Well, if I speak back, pikes will be going in two shakes; if I don't, Silver will see there's something under that, and the game's up. Now, we've only one man to rely on."

come about - arriver

pikes - pikes, brochet

"And who is that?" asked the squire.

"Silver, sir," returned the captain; "he's as anxious as you and I to smother things up. This is a tiff; he'd soon talk 'em out of it if he had the chance, and what I propose to do is to give him the chance. Let's allow the men an afternoon ashore. If they all go, why we'll fight the ship. If they none of them go, well then, we hold the cabin, and God defend the right.

smother - étouffer, laminer

tiff - tiff, prise de bec

If some go, you mark my words, sir, Silver'll bring 'em aboard again as mild as lambs."

mild - doux, douce, léger

It was so decided; loaded pistols were served out to all the sure men; Hunter, Joyce, and Redruth were taken into our confidence and received the news with less surprise and a better spirit than we had looked for, and then the captain went on deck and addressed the crew.

confidence - assurance, confiance en soi, confiance, confidence

looked for - cherché

"My lads," said he, "we've had a hot day and are all tired and out of sorts. A turn ashore'll hurt nobody-the boats are still in the water; you can take the gigs, and as many as please may go ashore for the afternoon. I'll fire a gun half an hour before sundown."

sorts - sortes, sorte

gigs - gigs, concert

gun - pistolet, as, rigolo, fusil

I believe the silly fellows must have thought they would break their shins over treasure as soon as they were landed, for they all came out of their sulks in a moment and gave a cheer that started the echo in a faraway hill and sent the birds once more flying and squalling round the anchorage.

silly - stupide, sot, insensé, idiot, bete

shins - tibias, tibia

sulks - boude, bouder

Echo - echo, écho

faraway - lointain

The captain was too bright to be in the way. He whipped out of sight in a moment, leaving Silver to arrange the party, and I fancy it was as well he did so. Had he been on deck, he could no longer so much as have pretended not to understand the situation. It was as plain as day. Silver was the captain, and a mighty rebellious crew he had of it.

whipped - fouetté, fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre

arrange - arranger

rebellious - rebelle

The honest hands-and I was soon to see it proved that there were such on board-must have been very stupid fellows. Or rather, I suppose the truth was this, that all hands were disaffected by the example of the ringleaders-only some more, some less; and a few, being good fellows in the main, could neither be led nor driven any further.

ringleaders - les meneurs, meneur, chef, leader

It is one thing to be idle and skulk and quite another to take a ship and murder a number of innocent men.

idle - au ralenti, fainéant

murder - meurtre, homicide, assassinat, occire

At last, however, the party was made up. Six fellows were to stay on board, and the remaining thirteen, including Silver, began to embark.

embark - monter, embarquer

Then it was that there came into my head the first of the mad notions that contributed so much to save our lives. If six men were left by Silver, it was plain our party could not take and fight the ship; and since only six were left, it was equally plain that the cabin party had no present need of my assistance. It occurred to me at once to go ashore.

mad - fou, folle, fol, fâché, en colere

contributed - a contribué, contribuer

equally - également

in a jiffy I had slipped over the side and curled up in the fore-sheets of the nearest boat, and almost at the same moment she shoved off.

in a jiffy - en un tournemain

slipped over - a glissé

curled up - recroquevillé

sheets - feuilles, feuille, plaque, écoute

shoved - poussé, enfoncer, pousser

No one took notice of me, only the bow oar saying, "Is that you, Jim? Keep your head down." But Silver, from the other boat, looked sharply over and called out to know if that were me; and from that moment I began to regret what I had done.

oar - rame, aviron

The crews raced for the beach, but the boat I was in, having some start and being at once the lighter and the better manned, shot far ahead of her consort, and the bow had struck among the shore-side trees and I had caught a branch and swung myself out and plunged into the nearest thicket while Silver and the rest were still a hundred yards behind.

crews - équipages, équipage

raced - couru, course

branch - branche, rameau, affluent, filiale, succursale

plunged - plongé, plonger

thicket - fourré, maquis

"Jim, Jim!" I heard him shouting.

But you may suppose I paid no heed; jumping, ducking, and breaking through, I ran straight before my nose till I could run no longer.

heed - attention, observer, surveiller, preter attention

ducking - l'esquive, (duck) l'esquive

breaking through - Franchir

Chapter 14. The First Blow

I WAS so pleased at having given the slip to Long John that I began to enjoy myself and look around me with some interest on the strange land that I was in.

I had crossed a marshy tract full of willows, bulrushes, and odd, outlandish, swampy trees; and I had now come out upon the skirts of an open piece of undulating, sandy country, about a mile long, dotted with a few pines and a great number of contorted trees, not unlike the oak in growth, but pale in the foliage, like willows.

marshy - marécageux

tract - tract, étendue

willows - des saules, saule

bulrushes - les joncs, scirpe, jonc

outlandish - farfelu

undulating - ondulée, onduler, ondoyer

dotted - en pointillés, point

pines - des pins, pin

contorted - déformé, se contorsionner

unlike - contrairement a, différent

oak - chene, chene, chenes

growth - croissance

On the far side of the open stood one of the hills, with two quaint, craggy peaks shining vividly in the sun.

quaint - pittoresque, singulier, intéressant, curieux

craggy - escarpé

peaks - pics, pic

vividly - précise

I now felt for the first time the joy of exploration. The isle was uninhabited; my shipmates I had left behind, and nothing lived in front of me but dumb brutes and fowls. I turned hither and thither among the trees.

exploration - l'exploration, exploration

uninhabited - inhabité

dumb - stupide, muet

brutes - brutes, bete, brutal

fowls - volailles, volaille, oiseau de basse-cour

hither - ici, ça

Here and there were flowering plants, unknown to me; here and there I saw snakes, and one raised his head from a ledge of rock and hissed at me with a noise not unlike the spinning of a top. Little did I suppose that he was a deadly enemy and that the noise was the famous rattle.

unknown - inconnu, inconnue

ledge - la corniche, rebord

spinning - la filature, filer, (spin) la filature

deadly enemy - ennemi mortel

rattle - cliquetis, claquer, pétarade, ferrailler

Then I came to a long thicket of these oaklike trees-live, or evergreen, oaks, I heard afterwards they should be called-which grew low along the sand like brambles, the boughs curiously twisted, the foliage compact, like thatch.

oaklike - comme le chene

evergreen - a feuilles persistantes, a feuilles persistantes

oaks - chenes, chene, chenes-p

boughs - rameaux, branche

curiously - curieusement

twisted - tordu, twist, torsion, entortiller, tordre

compact - compact, compacter

thatch - le chaume, chaume

The thicket stretched down from the top of one of the sandy knolls, spreading and growing taller as it went, until it reached the margin of the broad, reedy fen, through which the nearest of the little rivers soaked its way into the anchorage. The marsh was steaming in the strong sun, and the outline of the Spy-glass trembled through the haze.

margin - marge

reedy - reedy

fen - fen, marais, marécage

soaked - trempé, tremper, faire tremper, immerger, éponger

Marsh - le marais, marais

steaming - a la vapeur, cuisson a la vapeur, (steam), vapeur d'eau

outline - les grandes lignes, contour, silhouette, esquisse, aperçu

trembled - tremblait, trembler, vibrer, tremblement, vibration

haze - brume, chicaner, fumées

All at once there began to go a sort of bustle among the bulrushes; a wild duck flew up with a quack, another followed, and soon over the whole surface of the marsh a great cloud of birds hung screaming and circling in the air. I judged at once that some of my shipmates must be drawing near along the borders of the fen.

quack - charlatanisme, couin-couin

screaming - des cris, cri, crier

circling - en cercle, (circle), cercle, disque, yeux cernés, cerne

borders - frontieres, frontiere, bord, bordure, délimiter, border

Nor was I deceived, for soon I heard the very distant and low tones of a human voice, which, as I continued to give ear, grew steadily louder and nearer.

deceived - trompé, tromper, leurrer, séduire

tones - tons, ton

human - humain

This put me in a great fear, and I crawled under cover of the nearest live-oak and squatted there, hearkening, as silent as a mouse.

crawled - rampé, ramper

cover - couvercle, couverture, couvert, couvrir, reprendre, parcourir

squatted - s'est accroupi, s'accroupir

Another voice answered, and then the first voice, which I now recognized to be Silver's, once more took up the story and ran on for a long while in a stream, only now and again interrupted by the other. By the sound they must have been talking earnestly, and almost fiercely; but no distinct word came to my hearing.

stream - flux, ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant

earnestly - sincerement, sérieusement

distinct - distinct, intelligible, reconnaissable

At last the speakers seemed to have paused and perhaps to have sat down, for not only did they cease to draw any nearer, but the birds themselves began to grow more quiet and to settle again to their places in the swamp.

speakers - des orateurs, parleur, parleuse, qualifier

more quiet - plus calme

swamp - marécage, marais, submerger

And now I began to feel that I was neglecting my business, that since I had been so foolhardy as to come ashore with these desperadoes, the least I could do was to overhear them at their councils, and that my plain and obvious duty was to draw as close as I could manage, under the favourable ambush of the crouching trees.

neglecting - négliger, négligence

foolhardy - téméraire, tete brulée

desperadoes - desperados, desperado

councils - conseils, conseil

ambush - embuscade

crouching - accroupi, s'accroupir

I could tell the direction of the speakers pretty exactly, not only by the sound of their voices but by the behaviour of the few birds that still hung in alarm above the heads of the intruders.

alarm - alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, donner/sonner l'alerte

intruders - des intrus, intrus, importun

Crawling on all fours, I made steadily but slowly towards them, till at last, raising my head to an aperture among the leaves, I could see clear down into a little green dell beside the marsh, and closely set about with trees, where Long John Silver and another of the crew stood face to face in conversation.

aperture - ouverture

closely - de pres, étroitement, pres

set about - a propos de

The sun beat full upon them. Silver had thrown his hat beside him on the ground, and his great, smooth, blond face, all shining with heat, was lifted to the other man's in a kind of appeal.

beat - battre

smooth - lisse, doux, facile, sophistiqué, naturel, souple, régulier

blond - blond, blonde

"Mate," he was saying, "it's because I thinks gold dust of you-gold dust, and you may lay to that! If I hadn't took to you like pitch, do you think I'd have been here a-warning of you? All's up-you can't make nor mend; it's to save your neck that I'm a-speaking, and if one of the wild uns knew it, where'd I be, Tom-now, tell me, where'd I be?"

dust - la poussiere, poussiere, épousseter, pulvériser

uns - Uns, (UN), ONU

"Silver," said the other man-and I observed he was not only red in the face, but spoke as hoarse as a crow, and his voice shook too, like a taut rope-"Silver," says he, "you're old, and you're honest, or has the name for it; and you've money too, which lots of poor sailors hasn't; and you're brave, or I'm mistook.

hoarse - rauque, rugueux

crow - corbeau, corneille

taut - tendu, contracté, concis, stressé, anxieux

rope - corde, funiculaire

And will you tell me you'll let yourself be led away with that kind of a mess of swabs? Not you! As sure as God sees me, I'd sooner lose my hand. If I turn agin my dooty-"

mess - le désordre, purée, fouillis, bouillie

And then all of a sudden he was interrupted by a noise. I had found one of the honest hands-well, here, at that same moment, came news of another. Far away out in the marsh there arose, all of a sudden, a sound like the cry of anger, then another on the back of it; and then one horrid, long-drawn scream.

then another - puis un autre

The rocks of the Spy-glass re-echoed it a score of times; the whole troop of marsh-birds rose again, darkening heaven, with a simultaneous whirr; and long after that death yell was still ringing in my brain, silence had re-established its empire, and only the rustle of the redescending birds and the boom of the distant surges disturbed the languor of the afternoon.

troop - troupe

darkening - l'assombrissement, obscurcir, assombrir, foncer

Heaven - le paradis, ciel, paradis, au-dela, cieux

simultaneous - simultanées

whirr - ronflement, vrombir

yell - crier, hurlent, hurler, jacasser, hurlez, hurlons

brain - cerveau, or when used as food, tete, processeur

established - établie, affermir, établir

Empire - l'empire, empire

rustle - bruissement, froufrou, froufrouter

boom - boom, forte hausse

surges - surtensions, montée, poussée, vague, afflux, houle

disturbed - perturbé, déranger, perturber, gener

languor - langueur

Tom had leaped at the sound, like a horse at the spur, but Silver had not winked an eye. He stood where he was, resting lightly on his crutch, watching his companion like a snake about to spring.

spur - éperon, eperon

winked - clin d'oil, faire un clin d'oil (a)

resting - au repos, (rest) au repos

lightly - légerement, légerement

"John!" said the sailor, stretching out his hand.

stretching - l'étirement, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

"Hands off!" cried Silver, leaping back a yard, as it seemed to me, with the speed and security of a trained gymnast.

Hands off - Gardez vos mains loin

leaping - sauter, bondir

Security - la sécurité, sécurité, sécurisant, titre négociable

gymnast - gymnaste

"Hands off, if you like, John Silver," said the other. "It's a black conscience that can make you feared of me. But in heaven's name, tell me, what was that?"

"That?" returned Silver, smiling away, but warier than ever, his eye a mere pin-point in his big face, but gleaming like a crumb of glass. "That? Oh, I reckon that'll be Alan."

warier - plus prudent, méfiant, circonspect

gleaming - étincelante, brillant, (gleam) étincelante

crumb - miette, mie, paner

And at this point Tom flashed out like a hero.

flashed - flashé, éclair, lueur

hero - héros, protagoniste

"Alan!" he cried. "Then rest his soul for a true seaman! And as for you, John Silver, long you've been a mate of mine, but you're mate of mine no more. If I die like a dog, I'll die in my dooty. You've killed Alan, have you? Kill me too, if you can. But I defies you."

defies - défie, défier, désobéir a

And with that, this brave fellow turned his back directly on the cook and set off walking for the beach. But he was not destined to go far. With a cry John seized the branch of a tree, whipped the crutch out of his armpit, and sent that uncouth missile hurtling through the air. It struck poor Tom, point foremost, and with stunning violence, right between the shoulders in the middle of his back.

directly - directement, checktout droit

armpit - aisselle

uncouth - grossier, rustre

missile - projectile, missile

hurtling - en pleine course, (hurtle), élancer

stunning - époustouflant, étourdir, étonner, époustoufler

violence - la violence, violence

His hands flew up, he gave a sort of gasp, and fell.

Whether he were injured much or little, none could ever tell. Like enough, to judge from the sound, his back was broken on the spot. But he had no time given him to recover. Silver, agile as a monkey even without leg or crutch, was on the top of him next moment and had twice buried his knife up to the hilt in that defenceless body.

injured - blessé, blesser

recover - récupérer, captons, capter, recouvrent, recouvrer, recouvrons

agile - agile

defenceless - sans défense

From my place of ambush, I could hear him pant aloud as he struck the blows.

pant - pant, haleter

I do not know what it rightly is to faint, but I do know that for the next little while the whole world swam away from before me in a whirling mist; Silver and the birds, and the tall Spy-glass hilltop, going round and round and topsy-turvy before my eyes, and all manner of bells ringing and distant voices shouting in my ear.

whirling - tourbillonnant, (whirl), tourbillonner

hilltop - sommet de colline

going round - Aller autour

bells - cloches, cloche

When I came again to myself the monster had pulled himself together, his crutch under his arm, his hat upon his head. Just before him Tom lay motionless upon the sward; but the murderer minded him not a whit, cleansing his blood-stained knife the while upon a wisp of grass.

monster - monstre, bete, monstrueux

sward - sward

murderer - meurtrier, meurtriere, assassin, assassine

whit - whit

cleansing - la purification, détergent

stained - taché, tache, souillure, colorant, tacher, entacher, colorer

wisp - wisp, brin, fétu, touffe

grass - l'herbe, herbe, pelouse, gazon, beuh, balance, moucharder

Everything else was unchanged, the sun still shining mercilessly on the steaming marsh and the tall pinnacle of the mountain, and I could scarce persuade myself that murder had been actually done and a human life cruelly cut short a moment since before my eyes.

unchanged - inchangée

mercilessly - sans pitié

pinnacle - cime, pic, pinacle

persuade - persuader

actually - en fait, effectivement

cruelly - cruellement

cut short - coupé court

But now John put his hand into his pocket, brought out a whistle, and blew upon it several modulated blasts that rang far across the heated air. I could not tell, of course, the meaning of the signal, but it instantly awoke my fears. More men would be coming. I might be discovered. They had already slain two of the honest people; after Tom and Alan, might not I come next?

brought out - Mis en évidence

modulated - modulé, moduler

blasts - des explosions, souffle

heated - chauffé, température

awoke - s'est réveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller

slain - tué, tuer

Instantly I began to extricate myself and crawl back again, with what speed and silence I could manage, to the more open portion of the wood. As I did so, I could hear hails coming and going between the old buccaneer and his comrades, and this sound of danger lent me wings.

extricate - extraire, extirper

more open - plus ouvert

portion - part, portion

hails - grele

lent - preté, pretés, preta, pretâmes, pretai, pretées, (lend) preté

wings - des ailes, aile, ailier

As soon as I was clear of the thicket, I ran as I never ran before, scarce minding the direction of my flight, so long as it led me from the murderers; and as I ran, fear grew and grew upon me until it turned into a kind of frenzy.

murderers - meurtriers, meurtrier, meurtriere, assassin, assassine

Indeed, could anyone be more entirely lost than I? When the gun fired, how should I dare to go down to the boats among those fiends, still smoking from their crime? Would not the first of them who saw me wring my neck like a snipe's? Would not my absence itself be an evidence to them of my alarm, and therefore of my fatal knowledge? It was all over, I thought.

fiends - des amis, démon, monstre, addict, qualifier

crime - délit (max 10 years imprisonment according to law) crime (15 years and more) (nothing strictly between 10 and 15)

snipe - bécassine, gâcheuse

evidence - des preuves, preuve, prouver, démontrer

therefore - par conséquent, en conséquence, donc, pour ça

fatal - fatale, fatal

Good-bye to the Hispaniola; good-bye to the squire, the doctor, and the captain! There was nothing left for me but death by starvation or death by the hands of the mutineers.

starvation - la famine, inanition, famine, faim

Mutineers - mutineurs, mutin

All this while, as I say, I was still running, and without taking any notice, I had drawn near to the foot of the little hill with the two peaks and had got into a part of the island where the live-oaks grew more widely apart and seemed more like forest trees in their bearing and dimensions. Mingled with these were a few scattered pines, some fifty, some nearer seventy, feet high.

widely - largement, généralement, fréquemment, communément

forest - foret, foret, brousse, sylve, bois, (fore) foret

dimensions - dimensions, dimension

scattered - dispersé, disperser, se disperser, éparpiller, parsemer

The air too smelt more freshly than down beside the marsh.

freshly - fraîchement, froidement

And here a fresh alarm brought me to a standstill with a thumping heart.

standstill - l'arret, arret, immobilisation, paralysie, surplace

thumping - le bruit sourd, coup sourd, tambouriner

Chapter 15. The Man of the Island

FROM the side of the hill, which was here steep and stony, a spout of gravel was dislodged and fell rattling and bounding through the trees. My eyes turned instinctively in that direction, and I saw a figure leap with great rapidity behind the trunk of a pine. What it was, whether bear or man or monkey, I could in no wise tell. It seemed dark and shaggy; more I knew not.

stony - pierreux, froid, sec

spout - le bec verseur, bec verseur, jet, souffle, jaillir, palabrer

gravel - graviers, gravillons, gravier

dislodged - délogé, déloger

trunk - tronc, malle, coffre, trompe, coffre (de voiture), valise

wise - sage, sensé, genre, raisonnable

shaggy - hirsute

But the terror of this new apparition brought me to a stand.

apparition - apparition

I was now, it seemed, cut off upon both sides; behind me the murderers, before me this lurking nondescript. And immediately I began to prefer the dangers that I knew to those I knew not. Silver himself appeared less terrible in contrast with this creature of the woods, and I turned on my heel, and looking sharply behind me over my shoulder, began to retrace my steps in the direction of the boats.

lurking - se cacher, (lurk), s'embusquer, se dissimuler

nondescript - nondescript, banal, quelconque

dangers - dangers, danger, péril, qualifier

contrast with - en contraste avec

Instantly the figure reappeared, and making a wide circuit, began to head me off. I was tired, at any rate; but had I been as fresh as when I rose, I could see it was in vain for me to contend in speed with such an adversary. From trunk to trunk the creature flitted like a deer, running manlike on two legs, but unlike any man that I had ever seen, stooping almost double as it ran.

reappeared - réapparaît, réapparaître

circuit - circuit

adversary - adversaire, ennemi, ennemie

flitted - flotté, voltiger, voleter, papillonner, virevolter

deer - cerf, chevreuil

manlike - anthropoide

stooping - se baisser

Yet a man it was, I could no longer be in doubt about that.

I began to recall what I had heard of cannibals. I was within an ace of calling for help. But the mere fact that he was a man, however wild, had somewhat reassured me, and my fear of Silver began to revive in proportion. I stood still, therefore, and cast about for some method of escape; and as I was so thinking, the recollection of my pistol flashed into my mind.

recall - rappeler

cannibals - des cannibales, cannibale

Ace - le cae, as

cast - casting, jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner, sommer, muer

method - méthode, modalité

recollection - mémoire

As soon as I remembered I was not defenceless, courage glowed again in my heart and I set my face resolutely for this man of the island and walked briskly towards him.

glowed - a brillé, briller, luire, irradier, lueur, éclat

resolutely - résolument

He was concealed by this time behind another tree trunk; but he must have been watching me closely, for as soon as I began to move in his direction he reappeared and took a step to meet me. Then he hesitated, drew back, came forward again, and at last, to my wonder and confusion, threw himself on his knees and held out his clasped hands in supplication.

concealed - dissimulée, dissimuler, cacher

confusion - confusion, désordre, malentendu

clasped - serré, fermoir, serrer

supplication - supplication

At that I once more stopped.

"Who are you?" I asked.

"Ben Gunn," he answered, and his voice sounded hoarse and awkward, like a rusty lock. "I'm poor Ben Gunn, I am; and I haven't spoke with a Christian these three years."

awkward - maladroit, gauche, embarrassant, inconvenant

rusty - rubigineux

Christian - chrétien, chrétienne, Christian

I could now see that he was a white man like myself and that his features were even pleasing. His skin, wherever it was exposed, was burnt by the sun; even his lips were black, and his fair eyes looked quite startling in so dark a face. Of all the beggar-men that I had seen or fancied, he was the chief for raggedness.

wherever - ou

burnt - brulé, brulé, (burn) brulé

lips - levres, levre

fancied - aimée, envie, caprice

chief - chef

raggedness - la loque

He was clothed with tatters of old ship's canvas and old sea-cloth, and this extraordinary patchwork was all held together by a system of the most various and incongruous fastenings, brass buttons, bits of stick, and loops of tarry gaskin. About his waist he wore an old brass-buckled leather belt, which was the one thing solid in his whole accoutrement.

clothed - habillé, tissu, étoffe, tenue

extraordinary - extraordinaire

patchwork - patchwork

held together - Tenir ensemble

system - systeme, systeme

various - divers

incongruous - incongru

bits - bits, (petit) morceau

loops - boucles, boucle, circuit fermé

buckled - bouclé, boucle

leather belt - ceinture en cuir

solid - solide, massif, plein, continu

accoutrement - accoutrement

"Three years!" I cried. "Were you shipwrecked?"

shipwrecked - naufragés, épave, naufrage, naufrager

"Nay, mate," said he; "marooned."

marooned - marroné, bordeaux

I had heard the word, and I knew it stood for a horrible kind of punishment common enough among the buccaneers, in which the offender is put ashore with a little powder and shot and left behind on some desolate and distant island.

stood for - représentait

punishment - punition, châtiment

offender - délinquant, contrevenant

desolate - désolée, ravager, désoler

"Marooned three years agone," he continued, "and lived on goats since then, and berries, and oysters. Wherever a man is, says I, a man can do for himself. But, mate, my heart is sore for Christian diet. You mightn't happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now? No? Well, many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese-toasted, mostly-and woke up again, and here I were."

agone - agone

berries - baies, baie

Oysters - les huîtres, huître, huitre, sot-l’y-laisse

sore - douloureux, ulcere

mightn - pourrait

dreamed - revé, reve, t+songe, t+voeu, t+souhait, t+vou

toasted - grillé, griller

"If ever I can get aboard again," said I, "you shall have cheese by the stone."

All this time he had been feeling the stuff of my jacket, smoothing my hands, looking at my boots, and generally, in the intervals of his speech, showing a childish pleasure in the presence of a fellow creature. But at my last words he perked up into a kind of startled slyness.

smoothing - lissage, (smooth), lisse, doux, facile, sophistiqué, naturel

generally - en général

intervals - intervalles, intervalle

childish - enfantin, puéril, gamin

perked - percées, se ragaillardir

slyness - rouerie

"If ever you can get aboard again, says you?" he repeated. "Why, now, who's to hinder you?"

hinder - entraver, gener, embarrasser, (hind) entraver

"Not you, I know," was my reply.

reply - répondre, réponse

"And right you was," he cried. "Now you-what do you call yourself, mate?"

"Jim," I told him.

"Jim, Jim," says he, quite pleased apparently. "Well, now, Jim, I've lived that rough as you'd be ashamed to hear of. Now, for instance, you wouldn't think I had had a pious mother-to look at me?" he asked.

apparently - apparemment, évidemment, en apparence

hear of - Entendre parler de

pious - pieux

"Why, no, not in particular," I answered.

"Ah, well," said he, "but I had-remarkable pious. And I was a civil, pious boy, and could rattle off my catechism that fast, as you couldn't tell one word from another. And here's what it come to, Jim, and it begun with chuck-farthen on the blessed grave-stones! That's what it begun with, but it went further'n that; and so my mother told me, and predicked the whole, she did, the pious woman!

civil - civile, civil

catechism - catéchisme

chuck - mandrin, serrage, caresser

predicked - prédécoupé

But it were Providence that put me here. I've thought it all out in this here lonely island, and I'm back on piety. You don't catch me tasting rum so much, but just a thimbleful for luck, of course, the first chance I have. I'm bound I'll be good, and I see the way to. And, Jim"-looking all round him and lowering his voice to a whisper-"I'm rich."

piety - la piété, piété

thimbleful - un dé a coudre

lowering - baissant, (lower) baissant

I now felt sure that the poor fellow had gone crazy in his solitude, and I suppose I must have shown the feeling in my face, for he repeated the statement hotly: "Rich! Rich! I says. And I'll tell you what: I'll make a man of you, Jim. Ah, Jim, you'll bless your stars, you will, you was the first that found me!"

crazy - fou, insensé, avoir une araignée au plafond, chtarbé

solitude - la solitude, solitude

And at this there came suddenly a lowering shadow over his face, and he tightened his grasp upon my hand and raised a forefinger threateningly before my eyes.

shadow - l'ombre, ombre, prendre en filature, filer

tightened - serré, serrer, se resserrer, resserrer les taux

forefinger - l'index, index

threateningly - de façon menaçante

"Now, Jim, you tell me true: that ain't Flint's ship?" he asked.

At this I had a happy inspiration. I began to believe that I had found an ally, and I answered him at once.

inspiration - l'inspiration, inspiration

ally - allié, alliée, allions, alliez, se liguer, allient

"It's not Flint's ship, and Flint is dead; but I'll tell you true, as you ask me-there are some of Flint's hands aboard; Worse luck for the rest of us."

Worse luck - Pas de chance

"Not a man-with one-leg?" he gasped.

gasped - haletant, retenir son souffle, haleter, ahaner, haletement

"Silver?" I asked.

"Ah, Silver!" says he. "That were his name."

"He's the cook, and the ringleader too."

ringleader - chef de file, meneur, chef, leader

He was still holding me by the wrist, and at that he give it quite a wring.

"If you was sent by Long John," he said, "I'm as good as pork, and I know it. But where was you, do you suppose?"

I had made my mind up in a moment, and by way of answer told him the whole story of our voyage and the predicament in which we found ourselves. He heard me with the keenest interest, and when I had done he patted me on the head.

predicament - catégorie, classe, prédicament, situation difficile

keenest - le plus enthousiaste, passionné

"You're a good lad, Jim," he said; "and you're all in a clove hitch, ain't you? Well, you just put your trust in Ben Gunn-Ben Gunn's the man to do it. Would you think it likely, now, that your squire would prove a liberal-minded one in case of help-him being in a clove hitch, as you remark?"

clove - girofle, clou de girofle

liberal - libéral, large, généreux, de gauche

I told him the squire was the most liberal of men.

most liberal - le plus libéral

"Aye, but you see," returned Ben Gunn, "I didn't mean giving me a gate to keep, and a suit of livery clothes, and such; that's not my mark, Jim. What I mean is, would he be likely to come down to the toon of, say one thousand pounds out of money that's as good as a man's own already?"

Gate - la porte, porte

livery - la livrée

toon - toon

"I am sure he would," said I. "As it was, all hands were to share."

"And a passage home?" he added with a look of great shrewdness.

shrewdness - l'astuce

"Why," I cried, "the squire's a gentleman. And besides, if we got rid of the others, we should want you to help work the vessel home."

"Ah," said he, "so you would." And he seemed very much relieved.

"Now, I'll tell you what," he went on. "So much I'll tell you, and no more. I were in Flint's ship when he buried the treasure; he and six along-six strong seamen. They was ashore nigh on a week, and us standing off and on in the old Walrus. One fine day up went the signal, and here come Flint by himself in a little boat, and his head done up in a blue scarf.

nigh - nuit, proche, pres

done up - fait

scarf - écharpe, cache nez, éventé, fichu, foulard

The sun was getting up, and mortal white he looked about the cutwater. But, there he was, you mind, and the six all dead-dead and buried. How he done it, not a man aboard us could make out. It was battle, murder, and sudden death, leastways-him against six. Billy Bones was the mate; Long John, he was quartermaster; and they asked him where the treasure was.

getting up - se lever

cutwater - l'eau coupée, taille-mer

sudden death - une mort soudaine

'Ah,'says he, 'you can go ashore, if you like, and stay,'he says; 'but as for the ship, she'll beat up for more, by thunder!'That's what he said.

beat up - battu

"Well, I was in another ship three years back, and we sighted this island. 'Boys,'said I, 'here's Flint's treasure; let's land and find it.'The cap'n was displeased at that, but my messmates were all of a mind and landed. Twelve days they looked for it, and every day they had the worse word for me, until one fine morning all hands went aboard.

'As for you, Benjamin Gunn,'says they, 'here's a musket,'they says, 'and a spade, and pick-axe. You can stay here and find Flint's money for yourself,'they says.

Benjamin - benjamin

musket - mousquet

pick-axe - (pick-axe) un piolet

"Well, Jim, three years have I been here, and not a bite of Christian diet from that day to this. But now, you look here; look at me. Do I look like a man before the mast? No, says you. Nor I weren't, neither, I says."

And with that he winked and pinched me hard.

pinched - pincé, pincer, chiper, pincement, pincée

"Just you mention them words to your squire, Jim," he went on. "Nor he weren't, neither-that's the words.

Three years he were the man of this island, light and dark, fair and rain; and sometimes he would maybe think upon a prayer (says you), and sometimes he would maybe think of his old mother, so be as she's alive (you'll say); but the most part of Gunn's time (this is what you'll say)-the most part of his time was took up with another matter. And then you'll give him a nip, like I do."

prayer - oraison, priere

alive - en vie, vivant

nip - nip, caponner

And he pinched me again in the most confidential manner.

most confidential - le plus confidentiel

"Then," he continued, "then you'll up, and you'll say this: Gunn is a good man (you'll say), and he puts a precious sight more confidence-a precious sight, mind that-in a gen'leman born than in these gen'leman of fortune, having been one hisself."

gen - gen

leman - leman

"Well," I said, "I don't understand one word that you've been saying. But that's neither here nor there; for how am I to get on board?"

I don't understand - Je ne comprends pas

"Ah," said he, "that's the hitch, for sure. Well, there's my boat, that I made with my two hands. I keep her under the white rock. If the worst come to the worst, we might try that after dark. Hi!" he broke out. "What's that?"

For just then, although the sun had still an hour or two to run, all the echoes of the island awoke and bellowed to the thunder of a cannon.

Echoes - les échos, écho

bellowed - a beuglé, mugir, beugler

cannon - canon

"They have begun to fight!" I cried. "Follow me."

And I began to run towards the anchorage, my terrors all forgotten, while close at my side the marooned man in his goatskins trotted easily and lightly.

goatskins - peaux de chevre, outre

trotted - trotté, trotter

"Left, left," says he; "keep to your left hand, mate Jim! Under the trees with you! Theer's where I killed my first goat. They don't come down here now; they're all mastheaded on them mountings for the fear of Benjamin Gunn. Ah! And there's the cetemery"-cemetery, he must have meant. "You see the mounds? I come here and prayed, nows and thens, when I thought maybe a Sunday would be about doo.

goat - chevre, chevre, bouc, bique

cemetery - cimetiere, cimetere

mounds - monticules, butte, monticule, tertre, butter

prayed - prié, prier

doo - doo

It weren't quite a chapel, but it seemed more solemn like; and then, says you, Ben Gunn was short-handed-no chapling, nor so much as a Bible and a flag, you says."

chapel - chapelle

more solemn - plus solennel

flag - drapeau, étendard, fanion, pavillon

So he kept talking as I ran, neither expecting nor receiving any answer.

receiving - recevant, recevoir

The cannon-shot was followed after a considerable interval by a volley of small arms.

considerable - considérable

interval - intervalle

volley - volée, salve

small arms - des petites armes

Another pause, and then, not a quarter of a mile in front of me, I beheld the Union Jack flutter in the air above a wood.

Union - l'union, union, groupement, connexion, réunion

flutter - flottement, faséyer, voleter, voltiger, battement

PART FOUR-The Stockade

Chapter 16. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: How the Ship Was Abandoned

abandoned - abandonnée, abandonner

IT was about half past one-three bells in the sea phrase-that the two boats went ashore from the Hispaniola. The captain, the squire, and I were talking matters over in the cabin. Had there been a breath of wind, we should have fallen on the six mutineers who were left aboard with us, slipped our cable, and away to sea.

But the wind was wanting; and to complete our helplessness, down came Hunter with the news that Jim Hawkins had slipped into a boat and was gone ashore with the rest.

It never occurred to us to doubt Jim Hawkins, but we were alarmed for his safety. With the men in the temper they were in, it seemed an even chance if we should see the lad again. We ran on deck. The pitch was bubbling in the seams; the nasty stench of the place turned me sick; if ever a man smelt fever and dysentery, it was in that abominable anchorage.

bubbling - des bulles d'air, bulle, trou, vent, ambiance

seams - les coutures, couture

stench - une odeur nauséabonde, puanteur

dysentery - dysenterie

The six scoundrels were sitting grumbling under a sail in the forecastle; ashore we could see the gigs made fast and a man sitting in each, hard by where the river runs in. One of them was whistling "Lillibullero."

scoundrels - canailles, scélérat, scélérate, gredin, gredine, canaille

Waiting was a strain, and it was decided that Hunter and I should go ashore with the jolly-boat in quest of information.

strain - souche, accablement

quest - quete, recherche

The gigs had leaned to their right, but Hunter and I pulled straight in, in the direction of the stockade upon the chart. The two who were left guarding their boats seemed in a bustle at our appearance; "Lillibullero" stopped off, and I could see the pair discussing what they ought to do.

guarding - garde, protection, gardien, arriere

Had they gone and told Silver, all might have turned out differently; but they had their orders, I suppose, and decided to sit quietly where they were and hark back again to "Lillibullero."

differently - différemment

hark back - Revenir

There was a slight bend in the coast, and I steered so as to put it between us; even before we landed we had thus lost sight of the gigs. I jumped out and came as near running as I durst, with a big silk handkerchief under my hat for coolness'sake and a brace of pistols ready primed for safety.

bend - plier, courber, tordre, tourner

steered - piloté, bouvillon

jumped out - a sauté

silk - soie

primed - amorcée, guindé

I had not gone a hundred yards when I reached the stockade.

This was how it was: a spring of clear water rose almost at the top of a knoll. Well, on the knoll, and enclosing the spring, they had clapped a stout loghouse fit to hold two score of people on a pinch and loopholed for musketry on either side.

knoll - nid d'abeilles

loghouse - maison en bois

loopholed - loopholed, meurtriere, échappatoire, breche

musketry - mousqueterie

All round this they had cleared a wide space, and then the thing was completed by a paling six feet high, without door or opening, too strong to pull down without time and labour and too open to shelter the besiegers. The people in the log-house had them in every way; they stood quiet in shelter and shot the others like partridges.

paling - paling, pieu, (pal) paling

pull down - tirer vers le bas

labour - le travail, effort, travail, labeur, besogne, travailleurs

Partridges - perdrix, qualifierale

All they wanted was a good watch and food; for, short of a complete surprise, they might have held the place against a regiment.

regiment - régiment

What particularly took my fancy was the spring. For though we had a good enough place of it in the cabin of the Hispaniola, with plenty of arms and ammunition, and things to eat, and excellent wines, there had been one thing overlooked-we had no water. I was thinking this over when there came ringing over the island the cry of a man at the point of death.

ammunition - munitions

excellent - excellent

overlooked - négligé, vue, panorama, surplomber, négliger, louper

I was not new to violent death-I have served his Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland, and got a wound myself at Fontenoy-but I know my pulse went dot and carry one. "Jim Hawkins is gone," was my first thought.

violent - violent, vif

Highness - altesse

Duke - duke, duc

Fontenoy - Fontenoy

pulse - l'impulsion, pouls

It is something to have been an old soldier, but more still to have been a doctor. There is no time to dilly-dally in our work. And so now I made up my mind instantly, and with no time lost returned to the shore and jumped on board the jolly-boat.

soldier - soldat, mouillette

dilly - dilly

dally - dally, lambiner

By good fortune Hunter pulled a good oar. We made the water fly, and the boat was soon alongside and I aboard the schooner.

I found them all shaken, as was natural. The squire was sitting down, as white as a sheet, thinking of the harm he had led us to, the good soul! And one of the six forecastle hands was little better.

sheet - feuille, plaque, écoute

harm - le mal, mal, tort, dommage, nuire a, faire du mal a

good soul - une bonne âme

"There's a man," says Captain Smollett, nodding towards him, "new to this work. He came nigh-hand fainting, doctor, when he heard the cry. Another touch of the rudder and that man would join us."

nodding - hochement de tete, (nod), dodeliner, hocher, hochement

I told my plan to the captain, and between us we settled on the details of its accomplishment.

settled - réglée, (s')installer

accomplishment - l'accomplissement, accomplissement

We put old Redruth in the gallery between the cabin and the forecastle, with three or four loaded muskets and a mattress for protection. Hunter brought the boat round under the stern-port, and Joyce and I set to work loading her with powder tins, muskets, bags of biscuits, kegs of pork, a cask of cognac, and my invaluable medicine chest.

gallery - galerie, balcon

muskets - mousquets, mousquet

mattress - matelas

protection - protection

loading - chargement, charge, rench: t-needed r, (load)

tins - boîtes de conserve, étain, conserve, boîte de conserve, moule

biscuits - des biscuits, biscuit

kegs - futs, tonnelet, baril

cask - tonneau, fut, barrique

cognac - cognac

invaluable - inestimable

medicine chest - l'armoire a pharmacie

In the meantime, the squire and the captain stayed on deck, and the latter hailed the coxswain, who was the principal man aboard.

principal - principal, directeur, directrice

"Mr. Hands," he said, "here are two of us with a brace of pistols each. If any one of you six make a signal of any description, that man's dead."

They were a good deal taken aback, and after a little consultation one and all tumbled down the fore companion, thinking no doubt to take us on the rear. But when they saw Redruth waiting for them in the sparred galley, they went about ship at once, and a head popped out again on deck.

taken aback - pris au dépourvu

consultation - consultation

tumbled - culbuté, culbute, dégringoler, culbuter

rear - arriere, verso, élever

popped - poppée, pan

"Down, dog!" cries the captain.

And the head popped back again; and we heard no more, for the time, of these six very faint-hearted seamen.

By this time, tumbling things in as they came, we had the jolly-boat loaded as much as we dared. Joyce and I got out through the stern-port, and we made for shore again as fast as oars could take us.

oars - rames, rame, aviron

This second trip fairly aroused the watchers along shore. "Lillibullero" was dropped again; and just before we lost sight of them behind the little point, one of them whipped ashore and disappeared. I had half a mind to change my plan and destroy their boats, but I feared that Silver and the others might be close at hand, and all might very well be lost by trying for too much.

aroused - excité, émoustiller, exciter

destroy - détruire, euthanasier

be lost - etre perdue

We had soon touched land in the same place as before and set to provision the block house. All three made the first journey, heavily laden, and tossed our stores over the palisade. Then, leaving Joyce to guard them-one man, to be sure, but with half a dozen muskets-Hunter and I returned to the jolly-boat and loaded ourselves once more.

provision - disposition, provision, provisionner

block - bloc, bloquer, bloquent, bloquons, obstruer, buche

heavily laden - lourdement chargé

tossed - ballotté, jet, au pile ou face, tirage au sort, pile ou face

stores - magasins, entrepôt, stock, stocker, conserver

palisade - palissade

So we proceeded without pausing to take breath, till the whole cargo was bestowed, when the two servants took up their position in the block house, and I, with all my power, sculled back to the Hispaniola.

proceeded - a procédé, avancer, procéder

pausing - une pause, (pause), pauser, pause

bestowed - accordé, disposer de, accorder, remettre, conférer

sculled - en godille, aviron

That we should have risked a second boat load seems more daring than it really was. They had the advantage of numbers, of course, but we had the advantage of arms. Not one of the men ashore had a musket, and before they could get within range for pistol shooting, we flattered ourselves we should be able to give a good account of a half-dozen at least.

risked - risqué, risque

load - charge, chargement, fardeau

daring - audacieux, courageux, checktéméraire, checkhardi

advantage - avantage, avantager, favoriser

range - chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme, champ

shooting - le tir, tir, fusillade, (shoot) le tir

flattered - flattée, flatter

The squire was waiting for me at the stern window, all his faintness gone from him. He caught the painter and made it fast, and we fell to loading the boat for our very lives. Pork, powder, and biscuit was the cargo, with only a musket and a cutlass apiece for the squire and me and Redruth and the captain.

painter - peintre, peintre en bâtiments

apiece - chacun, chacune

The rest of the arms and powder we dropped overboard in two fathoms and a half of water, so that we could see the bright steel shining far below us in the sun, on the clean, sandy bottom.

bright steel - acier brillant

By this time the tide was beginning to ebb, and the ship was swinging round to her anchor. Voices were heard faintly halloaing in the direction of the two gigs; and though this reassured us for Joyce and Hunter, who were well to the eastward, it warned our party to be off.

faintly - faiblement

Redruth retreated from his place in the gallery and dropped into the boat, which we then brought round to the ship's counter, to be handier for Captain Smollett.

retreated - s'est retirée, battre en retraite

counter - compteur, numérateur, jeton

handier - plus maniable, a portée de main, proche

"Now, men," said he, "do you hear me?"

There was no answer from the forecastle.

"It's to you, Abraham Gray-it's to you I am speaking."

Abraham - abraham

Gray - gris

Still no reply.

"Gray," resumed Mr. Smollett, a little louder, "I am leaving this ship, and I order you to follow your captain. I know you are a good man at bottom, and I dare say not one of the lot of you's as bad as he makes out. I have my watch here in my hand; I give you thirty seconds to join me in."

makes out - Fait des avances

There was a pause.

"Come, my fine fellow," continued the captain; "don't hang so long in stays. I'm risking my life and the lives of these good gentlemen every second."

risking - risquer, risque

There was a sudden scuffle, a sound of blows, and out burst Abraham Gray with a knife cut on the side of the cheek, and came running to the captain like a dog to the whistle.

knife cut - Entaille de couteau

"I'm with you, sir," said he.

And the next moment he and the captain had dropped aboard of us, and we had shoved off and given way.

given way - Ceder la place

We were clear out of the ship, but not yet ashore in our stockade.

clear out - Vider

Chapter 17. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: The Jolly-boat's Last Trip

THIS fifth trip was quite different from any of the others. In the first place, the little gallipot of a boat that we were in was gravely overloaded. Five grown men, and three of them-Trelawney, Redruth, and the captain-over six feet high, was already more than she was meant to carry. Add to that the powder, pork, and bread-bags. The gunwale was lipping astern.

gallipot - gallipot

gravely - gravement

overloaded - surchargé, surcharger, surcharge

gunwale - le plat-bord, plat-bord

lipping - lipping, (lip), levre

Several times we shipped a little water, and my breeches and the tails of my coat were all soaking wet before we had gone a hundred yards.

shipped - expédié, navire

breeches - culotte, culasse

tails - queues, queue

soaking - trempage, (soak), tremper, faire tremper, immerger, éponger

The captain made us trim the boat, and we got her to lie a little more evenly. All the same, we were afraid to breathe.

trim - de l'habillage, tailler, compenser, compensation

evenly - de maniere uniforme, uniformément, également, équitablement

In the second place, the ebb was now making-a strong rippling current running westward through the basin, and then south'ard and seaward down the straits by which we had entered in the morning. Even the ripples were a danger to our overloaded craft, but the worst of it was that we were swept out of our true course and away from our proper landing-place behind the point.

rippling - ondulation, (ripple) ondulation

straits - de l'eau, détroit

ripples - ondulations, ondulation

proper - appropriée, approprié, convenable, exact, juste, propre

If we let the current have its way we should come ashore beside the gigs, where the pirates might appear at any moment.

"I cannot keep her head for the stockade, sir," said I to the captain. I was steering, while he and Redruth, two fresh men, were at the oars. "The tide keeps washing her down. Could you pull a little stronger?"

head for - tete pour

steering - la direction, direction, (steer) la direction

pull - tirer, retirer, tirer un coup, influence

"Not without swamping the boat," said he. "You must Bear up, sir, if you please-bear up until you see you're gaining."

swamping - l'envahissement, marécage, marais, submerger

Bear up - Tenir le coup

gaining - l'acquisition, (gain) l'acquisition

I tried and found by experiment that the tide kept sweeping us westward until I had laid her head due east, or just about right angles to the way we ought to go.

experiment - expérience, expérimenter

sweeping - balayage, a l'emporteiece, radical, complet

"We'll never get ashore at this rate," said I.

"If it's the only course that we can lie, sir, we must even lie it," returned the captain. "We must keep upstream. You see, sir," he went on, "if once we dropped to leeward of the landing-place, it's hard to say where we should get ashore, besides the chance of being boarded by the gigs; whereas, the way we go the current must slacken, and then we can dodge back along the shore."

upstream - a contre-courant, a contre-mont, en amont, montant

whereas - tandis que, alors que, compte tenu de, vu que

Dodge - dodge, éviter, contourner, esquiver, éluder

"The current's less a'ready, sir," said the man Gray, who was sitting in the fore-sheets; "you can ease her off a bit."

"Thank you, my man," said I, quite as if nothing had happened, for we had all quietly made up our minds to treat him like one of ourselves.

minds - les esprits, esprit, t+raison, t+intelligence, mémoire

treat - négocier, traiter, régaler, guérir, soigner

Suddenly the captain spoke up again, and I thought his voice was a little changed.

"The gun!" said he.

"I have thought of that," said I, for I made sure he was thinking of a bombardment of the fort. "They could never get the gun ashore, and if they did, they could never haul it through the woods."

bombardment - bombardement

fort - fort

"Look astern, doctor," replied the captain.

We had entirely forgotten the long nine; and there, to our horror, were the five rogues busy about her, getting off her jacket, as they called the stout tarpaulin cover under which she sailed.

getting off - Descendre

tarpaulin - bâche, prélart

Not only that, but it flashed into my mind at the same moment that the round-shot and the powder for the gun had been left behind, and a stroke with an axe would put it all into the possession of the evil ones abroad.

axe - hache

possession - bien, possession, propriété, possessions

abroad - a l'étranger, a l'étranger, de tous côtés

"Israel was Flint's gunner," said Gray hoarsely.

Gunner - canonnier

hoarsely - rauque, sechement

At any risk, we put the boat's head direct for the landing-place. By this time we had got so far out of the run of the current that we kept steerage way even at our necessarily gentle rate of rowing, and I could keep her steady for the goal. But the worst of it was that with the course I now held we turned our broadside instead of our stern to the Hispaniola and offered a target like a barn door.

Direct - direct, mettre en scene, ordonner

far out - loin

necessarily - nécessairement

gentle - gentil, doux

rowing - aviron, (row) aviron

goal - objectif, but, but (marqué), marquer un but

offered - proposé, offrir, proposer

target - cible, objectif, but, cibler, viser

barn - grange, stand, kiosque, échoppe

I could hear as well as see that brandy-faced rascal Israel Hands plumping down a round-shot on the deck.

brandy - du brandy, cognac, brandy, eau-de-vie

plumping - repulpant, grassouillet

"Who's the best shot?" asked the captain.

"Mr. Trelawney, out and away," said I.

"Mr. Trelawney, will you please pick me off one of these men, sir? Hands, if possible," said the captain.

Trelawney was as cool as steel. He looked to the priming of his gun.

steel - l'acier, acier

priming - amorcage, (prim) amorcage

"Now," cried the captain, "easy with that gun, sir, or you'll swamp the boat. All hands stand by to trim her when he aims."

aims - objectifs, viser, pointer

The squire raised his gun, the rowing ceased, and we leaned over to the other side to keep the balance, and all was so nicely contrived that we did not ship a drop.

nicely - joliment, agréablement

contrived - artificiel, combiner, inventer

They had the gun, by this time, slewed round upon the swivel, and Hands, who was at the muzzle with the rammer, was in consequence the most exposed. However, we had no luck, for just as Trelawney fired, down he stooped, the ball whistled over him, and it was one of the other four who fell.

slewed - slewed, déraper

muzzle - la museliere, museau, museliere, museler

rammer - bélier

consequence - conséquence

stooped - vouté, se baisser

The cry he gave was echoed not only by his companions on board but by a great number of voices from the shore, and looking in that direction I saw the other pirates trooping out from among the trees and tumbling into their places in the boats.

looking in - Regarder dans

trooping - la troupe, troupe-p

"Here come the gigs, sir," said I.

"give way, then," cried the captain. "We mustn't mind if we swamp her now. If we can't get ashore, all's up."

give way - céder le passage

mustn - ne doit pas

"Only one of the gigs is being manned, sir," I added; "the crew of the other most likely going round by shore to cut us off."

"They'll have a hot run, sir," returned the captain. "Jack ashore, you know. It's not them I mind; it's the round-shot. Carpet bowls! My lady's maid couldn't miss. Tell us, squire, when you see the match, and we'll hold water."

carpet - tapis, moquette, tapisser

bowls - bols, boule

lady - dame, madame, lady

match - match, s'entremettre, allumette, concorder

In the meanwhile we had been making headway at a good pace for a boat so overloaded, and we had shipped but little water in the process. We were now close in; thirty or forty strokes and we should beach her, for the ebb had already disclosed a narrow belt of sand below the clustering trees. The gig was no longer to be feared; the little point had already concealed it from our eyes.

pace - rythme, pas

process - processus, procédé

strokes - coups, coup

disclosed - divulguée, découvrir, laisser voir, révéler, divulguer

of sand - de sable

clustering - la mise en grappe, groupe, grappe, régime, amas

gig - gig, concert

The ebb-tide, which had so cruelly delayed us, was now making reparation and delaying our assailants. The one source of danger was the gun.

delayed - retardée, retarder

reparation - réparation

delaying - retarder

assailants - des assaillants, agresseur, assaillant

source - source

"If I durst," said the captain, "I'd stop and pick off another man."

But it was plain that they meant nothing should delay their shot. They had never so much as looked at their fallen comrade, though he was not dead, and I could see him trying to crawl away.

"Ready!" cried the squire.

"Hold!" cried the captain, quick as an echo.

And he and Redruth backed with a great heave that sent her stern bodily under water. The report fell in at the same instant of time. This was the first that Jim heard, the sound of the squire's shot not having reached him. Where the ball passed, not one of us precisely knew, but I fancy it must have been over our heads and that the wind of it may have contributed to our disaster.

heave - soulevement, hisser

disaster - désastre, catastrophe

At any rate, the boat sank by the stern, quite gently, in three feet of water, leaving the captain and myself, facing each other, on our feet. The other three took complete headers, and came up again drenched and bubbling.

headers - les collecteurs, en-tete, chapeau, header, boutisse

drenched - trempé, tremper

So far there was no great harm. No lives were lost, and we could wade ashore in safety. But there were all our stores at the bottom, and to make things worse, only two guns out of five remained in a state for service. Mine I had snatched from my knees and held over my head, by a sort of instinct.

wade - wade, patauger (dans)

guns - des armes, arme a feu

state - l'état, état, Etat, déclarer, indiquer

snatched from - arraché

instinct - l'instinct, instinct

As for the captain, he had carried his over his shoulder by a bandoleer, and like a wise man, lock uppermost. The other three had gone down with the boat.

bandoleer - bandoleer

uppermost - le plus haut

To add to our concern, we heard voices already drawing near us in the woods along shore, and we had not only the danger of being cut off from the stockade in our half-crippled state but the fear before us whether, if Hunter and Joyce were attacked by half a dozen, they would have the sense and conduct to stand firm.

concern - inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation, concerner

crippled - estropié, infirme, estropier, bridé

stand firm - tenir bon

Hunter was steady, that we knew; Joyce was a doubtful case-a pleasant, polite man for a valet and to brush one's clothes, but not entirely fitted for a man of war.

polite - polie, poli

valet - valet, valet de chambre, majordome, chaperon, duegne

brush - brosse, brossage, accrochage, brosser, se brosser, peindre

With all this in our minds, we waded ashore as fast as we could, leaving behind us the poor jolly-boat and a good half of all our powder and provisions.

waded - pataugé, patauger (dans)

leaving behind - Laisser derriere

Provisions - dispositions, provision, provisionner

Chapter 18. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: End of the First Day's Fighting

WE made our best speed across the strip of wood that now divided us from the stockade, and at every step we took the voices of the buccaneers rang nearer. Soon we could hear their footfalls as they ran and the cracking of the branches as they breasted across a bit of thicket.

strip - de la bande, bandeau, dégarnir, dépouillons, frange, dépouillez

divided - divisé, diviser, fendre, partager

cracking - craquage, (crack) craquage

branches - branches, branche, t+rameau, affluent, filiale

breasted - seins, sein, poitrine, cour

I began to see we should have a brush for it in earnest and looked to my priming.

"Captain," said I, "Trelawney is the dead shot. Give him your gun; his own is useless."

They exchanged guns, and Trelawney, silent and cool as he had been since the beginning of the bustle, hung a moment on his heel to see that all was fit for service. At the same time, observing Gray to be unarmed, I handed him my cutlass. It did all our hearts good to see him spit in his hand, knit his brows, and make the blade sing through the air.

exchanged - échangé, (é)changer

fit for service - apte au service

hearts - des cours, coeur

spit - vomir, cracher, jeter, expectorer

knit - tricot, tricoter, souder, unir, se souder

brows - les sourcils, (brow), andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller

It was plain from every line of his body that our new hand was worth his salt.

Forty paces farther we came to the edge of the wood and saw the stockade in front of us. We struck the enclosure about the middle of the south side, and almost at the same time, seven mutineers-Job Anderson, the boatswain, at their head-appeared in full cry at the southwestern corner.

enclosure - l'enfermement, piece jointe, encloitrer, encloîtrer, enclos

southwestern - sud-ouest, sud-occidental

They paused as if taken aback, and before they recovered, not only the squire and I, but Hunter and Joyce from the block house, had time to fire. The four shots came in rather a scattering volley, but they did the business: one of the enemy actually fell, and the rest, without hesitation, turned and plunged into the trees.

aback - en colere, étonné

shots - tirs, coup

scattering - la dispersion, diffusion, éparpillement, (scatter), disperser

enemy - l'ennemi, ennemi, ennemie

hesitation - hésitation

After reloading, we walked down the outside of the palisade to see to the fallen enemy. He was stone dead-shot through the heart.

reloading - rechargement, recharger, rafraîchir

see to - Voir a

We began to rejoice over our good success when just at that moment a pistol cracked in the bush, a ball whistled close past my ear, and poor Tom Redruth stumbled and fell his length on the ground. Both the squire and I returned the shot, but as we had nothing to aim at, it is probable we only wasted powder. Then we reloaded and turned our attention to poor Tom.

rejoice - se réjouir, réjouir

cracked - fissuré, (se) feler

stumbled - en état de choc, chute, faux pas, bourde, trébucher

aim at - viser

reloaded - rechargé, recharger, rafraîchir

attention - attention, attentions, garde a vous

The captain and Gray were already examining him, and I saw with half an eye that all was over.

I believe the readiness of our return volley had scattered the mutineers once more, for we were suffered without further molestation to get the poor old gamekeeper hoisted over the stockade and carried, groaning and bleeding, into the log-house.

readiness - l'état de préparation, préparation

suffered - souffert, souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer

molestation - harcelement

hoisted - hissé, hisser

bleeding - des saignements, saignant, saignement

Poor old fellow, he had not uttered one word of surprise, complaint, fear, or even acquiescence from the very beginning of our troubles till now, when we had laid him down in the log-house to die.

acquiescence - l'acquiescement, acquiescement, consentement, péremption

till now - jusqu'a maintenant

He had lain like a Trojan behind his mattress in the gallery; he had followed every order silently, doggedly, and well; he was the oldest of our party by a score of years; and now, sullen, old, serviceable servant, it was he that was to die.

lain - lain, mensonge

Trojan - un cheval de troie, cheval de Troie, trojan, troyen

silently - en silence, silencieusement

doggedly - avec acharnement

sullen - maussade, morose, morne, lent

serviceable - entretenable, serviable, réparable, pret a l'emploi, utilisable

The squire dropped down beside him on his knees and kissed his hand, crying like a child.

kissed - embrassée, (s')embrasser

"Be I going, doctor?" he asked.

"Tom, my man," said I, "you're going home."

"I wish I had had a lick at them with the gun first," he replied.

lick - lécher, faire eau

"Tom," said the squire, "say you forgive me, won't you?"

forgive - pardonner

"Would that be respectful like, from me to you, squire?" was the answer. "Howsoever, so be it, amen!"

respectful - respectueux

Amen - amen

After a little while of silence, he said he thought somebody might read a prayer. "It's the custom, sir," he added apologetically. And not long after, without another word, he passed away.

apologetically - en s'excusant

In the meantime the captain, whom I had observed to be wonderfully swollen about the chest and pockets, had turned out a great many various stores-the British colours, a Bible, a coil of stoutish rope, pen, ink, the log-book, and pounds of tobacco.

wonderfully - a merveille

swollen - gonflé, enfler, gonfler

British - Britannique, anglais britannique

coil - bobine, spirale

stoutish - robuste

He had found a longish fir-tree lying felled and trimmed in the enclosure, and with the help of Hunter he had set it up at the corner of the log-house where the trunks crossed and made an angle. Then, climbing on the roof, he had with his own hand bent and run up the colours.

longish - oblong

fir-tree - (fir-tree) Un sapin

trimmed - rognée, tailler, compenser, compensation, compensateur, assiette

bent - plié, courba, courbai, courbés, courbé, cambrai

This seemed mightily to relieve him. He re-entered the log-house and set about counting up the stores as if nothing else existed. But he had an eye on Tom's passage for all that, and as soon as all was over, came forward with another flag and reverently spread it on the body.

mightily - puissamment

relieve - soulager, relayer, faire ses besoins, se soulager

counting up - en train de compter

existed - a existé, exister

reverently - avec révérence

spread - se propager, étaler, écarter, disperser, répandre, éparpiller

"Don't you take on, sir," he said, shaking the squire's hand. "All's well with him; No fear for a hand that's been shot down in his duty to captain and owner. It mayn't be good divinity, but it's a fact."

No fear - Pas de peur

shot down - abattu

divinity - la divinité, déité, divinité

Then he pulled me aside.

"Dr. Livesey," he said, "in how many weeks do you and squire expect the consort?"

I told him it was a question not of weeks but of months, that if we were not back by the end of August Blandly was to send to find us, but neither sooner nor later. "You can calculate for yourself," I said.

send to - envoyer a

calculate - calculer

"Why, yes," returned the captain, scratching his head; "and making a large allowance, sir, for all the gifts of Providence, I should say we were pretty close hauled."

scratching - grattage, éraflant, (scratch), gratter, égratigner, piquer

allowance - l'allocation, indemnité, jeu

gifts - des cadeaux, présent, cadeau, don, talent, donner

hauled - transporté, haler, trainer, butin, magot

"How do you mean?" I asked.

"It's a pity, sir, we lost that second load. That's what I mean," replied the captain. "As for powder and shot, we'll do. But the rations are short, very short-so short, Dr. Livesey, that we're perhaps as well without that extra mouth."

rations - rations, ration, rationner

And he pointed to the dead body under the flag.

Just then, with a roar and a whistle, a round-shot passed high above the roof of the log-house and plumped far beyond us in the wood.

roar - rugir, hurler, s'esclaffer, rire aux éclats

plumped - repulpée, grassouillet

"Oho!" said the captain. "Blaze away! You've little enough powder already, my lads."

Oho - oho

blaze - flamme, feu, embrasement

At the second trial, the aim was better, and the ball descended inside the stockade, scattering a cloud of sand but doing no further damage.

trial - proces, manipulation

aim - objectif, visez, dgssein, mire, visons, but, peiner, visent

descended - descendu, descendre

damage - dommages, dégât, dommage, endommager, abîmer

"Captain," said the squire, "the house is quite invisible from the ship. It must be the flag they are aiming at. Would it not be wiser to take it in?"

invisible - invisible, caché

aiming at - visant

"Strike my colours!" cried the captain. "No, sir, not I"; and as soon as he had said the words, I think we all agreed with him. For it was not only a piece of stout, seamanly, good feeling; it was good policy besides and showed our enemies that we despised their cannonade.

policy - politique

cannonade - canonnade

All through the evening they kept thundering away. Ball after ball flew over or fell short or kicked up the sand in the enclosure, but they had to fire so high that the shot fell dead and buried itself in the soft sand.

flew over - survoler

We had no ricochet to fear, and though one popped in through the roof of the log-house and out again through the floor, we soon got used to that sort of horse-play and minded it no more than cricket.

ricochet - ricochet, ricocher

cricket - cricket

"There is one good thing about all this," observed the captain; "the wood in front of us is likely clear. The ebb has made a good while; our stores should be uncovered. Volunteers to go and bring in pork."

uncovered - a découvert, découvrir

volunteers - volontaires, volontaire, bénévole

Gray and Hunter were the first to come forward. Well armed, they stole out of the stockade, but it proved a useless mission. The mutineers were bolder than we fancied or they put more trust in Israel's gunnery. For four or five of them were busy carrying off our stores and wading out with them to one of the gigs that lay close by, pulling an oar or so to hold her steady against the current.

come forward - se présenter

mission - mission

bolder - plus audacieux, hardi, audacieux

carrying off - a emporter

wading - patauger, (wad) patauger

pulling - tirant, (pull), tirer, retirer, tirer un coup, influence

Silver was in the stern-sheets in command; and every man of them was now provided with a musket from some secret magazine of their own.

provided - fourni, fournir, procurer, pourvoir

The captain sat down to his log, and here is the beginning of the entry:

Alexander Smollett, master; David Livesey, ship's doctor; Abraham Gray, carpenter's mate; John Trelawney, owner; John Hunter and Richard Joyce, owner's servants, landsmen-being all that is left faithful of the ship's company-with stores for ten days at short rations, came ashore this day and flew British colours on the log-house in Treasure Island.

Alexander - alexandre

David - david

Carpenter - menuisier, menuisiere, charpentier, charpentiere

Richard - richard

Thomas Redruth, owner's servant, landsman, shot by the mutineers; James Hawkins, cabin-boy-

landsman - landman

James - james, Jacques

And at the same time, I was wondering over poor Jim Hawkins'fate.

fate - le destin, destin, destinée, sort

A hail on the land side.

hail - grele

"Somebody hailing us," said Hunter, who was on guard.

hailing - la grele, grele

"Doctor! Squire! Captain! Hullo, Hunter, is that you?" came the cries.

Hullo - bonjour, salut !

And I ran to the door in time to see Jim Hawkins, safe and sound, come climbing over the stockade.

Chapter 19. Narrative Resumed by Jim Hawkins: The Garrison in the Stockade

AS soon as Ben Gunn saw the colours he came to a halt, stopped me by the arm, and sat down.

halt - halte, s'arreter, stop, stopper

"Now," said he, "there's your friends, sure enough."

"Far more likely it's the mutineers," I answered.

"That!" he cried. "Why, in a place like this, where nobody puts in but gen'lemen of fortune, Silver would fly the Jolly Roger, you don't make no doubt of that. No, that's your friends. There's been blows too, and I reckon your friends has had the best of it; and here they are ashore in the old stockade, as was made years and years ago by Flint. Ah, he was the man to have a headpiece, was Flint!

Jolly Roger - Jolly Roger ( drapeau pirate)

headpiece - de la tete, dessus de la tete

Barring rum, his match were never seen. He were afraid of none, not he; on'y Silver-Silver was that genteel."

barring - l'entrave, (bar) l'entrave

genteel - gentillesse, a la mode

"Well," said I, "that may be so, and so be it; all the more reason that I should hurry on and join my friends."

"Nay, mate," returned Ben, "not you. You're a good boy, or I'm mistook; but you're on'y a boy, all told. Now, Ben Gunn is fly. Rum wouldn't bring me there, where you're going-not rum wouldn't, till I see your born gen'leman and gets it on his word of honour. And you won't forget my words; 'A precious sight (that's what you'll say), a precious sight more confidence'-and then nips him."

all told - Tout compte fait

nips - nips, pincer, donner un coup de dent

And he pinched me the third time with the same air of cleverness.

"And when Ben Gunn is wanted, you know where to find him, Jim. Just wheer you found him today. And him that comes is to have a white thing in his hand, and he's to come alone. Oh! And you'll say this: 'Ben Gunn,'says you, 'has reasons of his own.'"

wheer - ou

"Well," said I, "I believe I understand. You have something to propose, and you wish to see the squire or the doctor, and you're to be found where I found you. Is that all?"

"And when? says you," he added. "Why, from about noon observation to about six bells."

observation - observation, remarque

"Good," said I, "and now may I go?"

"You won't forget?" he inquired anxiously. "Precious sight, and reasons of his own, says you. Reasons of his own; that's the mainstay; as between man and man. Well, then"-still holding me-"I reckon you can go, Jim. And, Jim, if you was to see Silver, you wouldn't go for to sell Ben Gunn? Wild horses wouldn't draw it from you? No, says you.

anxiously - avec anxiété, anxieusement

mainstay - le pilier, pilier, grand étai

And if them pirates camp ashore, Jim, what would you say but there'd be widders in the morning?"

Camp - le camp, campez, camper, campent, campons

Here he was interrupted by a loud report, and a cannonball came tearing through the trees and pitched in the sand not a hundred yards from where we two were talking. The next moment each of us had taken to his heels in a different direction.

cannonball - boulet de canon

pitched - lancé, dresser

For a good hour to come frequent reports shook the island, and balls kept crashing through the woods. I moved from hiding-place to hiding-place, always pursued, or so it seemed to me, by these terrifying missiles.

frequent - fréquents, fréquenter

crashing - se bloquer, fracas

hiding-place - (hiding-place) Une cachette

missiles - missiles, projectile, missile

But towards the end of the bombardment, though still I durst not venture in the direction of the stockade, where the balls fell oftenest, I had begun, in a manner, to pluck up my heart again, and after a long detour to the east, crept down among the shore-side trees.

detour - détour, déviation, détourner

The sun had just set, the sea breeze was rustling and tumbling in the woods and ruffling the grey surface of the anchorage; the tide, too, was far out, and great tracts of sand lay uncovered; the air, after the heat of the day, chilled me through my jacket.

sea breeze - Brise marine

rustling - bruissement, (rustle), froufrou, froufrouter

ruffling - ébouriffement, ébouriffer, (ruffle), falbala

tracts - tracts, étendue

chilled - réfrigéré, froid

The Hispaniola still lay where she had anchored; but, sure enough, there was the Jolly Roger-the black flag of piracy-flying from her peak. Even as I looked, there came another red flash and another report that sent the echoes clattering, and one more round-shot whistled through the air. It was the last of the cannonade.

Roger - roger

piracy - la piraterie, piraterie, piratage

clattering - cliquetis, claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme

I lay for some time watching the bustle which succeeded the attack. Men were demolishing something with axes on the beach near the stockade-the poor jolly-boat, I afterwards discovered.

succeeded - a réussi, succéder, réussir, avoir du succes

demolishing - démolir

axes - axes, hache

Away, near the mouth of the river, a great fire was glowing among the trees, and between that point and the ship one of the gigs kept coming and going, the men, whom I had seen so gloomy, shouting at the oars like children. But there was a sound in their voices which suggested rum.

glowing - rayonnante, briller, luire, irradier, lueur

shouting at - en criant

At length I thought I might return towards the stockade. I was pretty far down on the low, sandy spit that encloses the anchorage to the east, and is joined at half-water to Skeleton Island; and now, as I rose to my feet, I saw, some distance further down the spit and rising from among low bushes, an isolated rock, pretty high, and peculiarly white in colour.

bushes - buissons, buisson

isolated - isolée, isoler, esseuler

peculiarly - de façon particuliere

It occurred to me that this might be the white rock of which Ben Gunn had spoken and that some day or other a boat might be wanted and I should know where to look for one.

some day - un jour

Then I skirted among the woods until I had regained the rear, or shoreward side, of the stockade, and was soon warmly welcomed by the faithful party.

regained - retrouvée, reconquérir, reprendre

shoreward - vers le rivage

warmly - chaleureusement, chaudement

I had soon told my story and began to look about me. The log-house was made of unsquared trunks of pine-roof, walls, and floor. The latter stood in several places as much as a foot or a foot and a half above the surface of the sand.

unsquared - sans équerre

There was a porch at the door, and under this porch the little spring welled up into an artificial basin of a rather odd kind-no other than a great ship's kettle of iron, with the bottom knocked out, and sunk "to her bearings," as the captain said, among the sand.

porch - porche, véranda, portique

artificial - artificiels

kettle - bouilloire, chaudron

of iron - de fer

knocked - frappé, coup, frapper

sunk - coulé, enfoncés, enfoncé, enfoncées, enfoncée

Little had been left besides the framework of the house, but in one corner there was a stone slab laid down by way of hearth and an old rusty iron basket to contain the fire.

framework - structure, cadre, checkcarcasse, checkcharpente

slab - dalle, bloc, pavé

laid down - mis en place

hearth - âtre, foyer, foyers

basket - panier

contain - contenir

The slopes of the knoll and all the inside of the stockade had been cleared of timber to build the house, and we could see by the stumps what a fine and lofty grove had been destroyed.

slopes - les pentes, pente, inclinaison

stumps - des souches, souche, moignon, estompe

lofty - noble, haut

grove - bosquet

Most of the soil had been washed away or buried in drift after the removal of the trees; only where the streamlet ran down from the kettle a thick bed of moss and some ferns and little creeping bushes were still green among the sand.

soil - sol, terre, barbouillons, barbouiller, foncierere

washed away - lavée

drift - dérive, dériver, errer, dévier

removal - l'éloignement, enlevement, élimination, prélevement

streamlet - streamlet, ruisselet

moss - mousse

ferns - des fougeres, fougere

creeping - rampant, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

Very close around the stockade-too close for defence, they said-the wood still flourished high and dense, all of fir on the land side, but towards the sea with a large admixture of live-oaks.

flourished - a prospéré, fleurir, brandir, gesticulation

dense - dense, obscur, bouché

fir - sapin

admixture - mélange

The cold evening breeze, of which I have spoken, whistled through every chink of the rude building and sprinkled the floor with a continual rain of fine sand. There was sand in our eyes, sand in our teeth, sand in our suppers, sand dancing in the spring at the bottom of the kettle, for all the world like porridge beginning to boil.

chink - chink, interstice, cliquetis

rude - grossier, impoli, malpoli

sprinkled - saupoudré, saupoudrer, asperger

suppers - dîners, souper

spring at - au printemps

porridge - bouillie, porridge, gruau

boil - l'ébullition, bouillez, bous, bouillent, bouillons, bouillir

Our chimney was a square hole in the roof; it was but a little part of the smoke that found its way out, and the rest eddied about the house and kept us coughing and piping the eye.

chimney - cheminée

eddied - eddied, tourbillon

coughing - toux, toussant, (cough), tousser

Add to this that Gray, the new man, had his face tied up in a bandage for a cut he had got in breaking away from the mutineers and that poor old Tom Redruth, still unburied, lay along the wall, stiff and stark, under the Union Jack.

bandage - bandage, pansement, panser

breaking away - se détacher

Stark - stark, austere, désolé

If we had been allowed to sit idle, we should all have fallen in the blues, but Captain Smollett was never the man for that. All hands were called up before him, and he divided us into watches. The doctor and Gray and I for one; the squire, Hunter, and Joyce upon the other.

Tired though we all were, two were sent out for firewood; two more were set to dig a grave for Redruth; the doctor was named cook; I was put sentry at the door; and the captain himself went from one to another, keeping up our spirits and lending a hand wherever it was wanted.

firewood - du bois de chauffage, bois de chauffage

dig - creuser, creusez, creusons, creusent

sentry - sentinelle

lending - pretant, (lend) pretant

From time to time the doctor came to the door for a little air and to rest his eyes, which were almost smoked out of his head, and whenever he did so, he had a word for me.

smoked - fumé, fumée

whenever - chaque fois que

"That man Smollett," he said once, "is a better man than I am. And when I say that it means a deal, Jim."

another time he came and was silent for a while. Then he put his head on one side, and looked at me.

another time - une autre fois

"Is this Ben Gunn a man?" he asked.

"I do not know, sir," said I. "I am not very sure whether he's sane."

sane - sain, sain d'esprit

"If there's any doubt about the matter, he is," returned the doctor. "A man who has been three years biting his nails on a desert island, Jim, can't expect to appear as sane as you or me. It doesn't lie in human nature. Was it cheese you said he had a fancy for?"

desert - désert, désertez, quitter, désertons, désertent, déserter

nature - nature

"Yes, sir, cheese," I answered.

"Well, Jim," says he, "just see the good that comes of being dainty in your food. You've seen my snuff-box, haven't you? And you never saw me take snuff, the reason being that in my snuff-box I carry a piece of Parmesan cheese-a cheese made in Italy, very nutritious. Well, that's for Ben Gunn!"

take snuff - Prise du tabac

Parmesan - parmesan

Italy - l'italie, Italie

nutritious - nutritif

Before supper was eaten we buried old Tom in the sand and stood round him for a while bare-headed in the breeze. A good deal of firewood had been got in, but not enough for the captain's fancy, and he shook his head over it and told us we "must get back to this tomorrow rather livelier.

" Then, when we had eaten our pork and each had a good stiff glass of brandy grog, the three chiefs got together in a corner to discuss our prospects.

chiefs - chefs, chef

It appears they were at their wits'end what to do, the stores being so low that we must have been starved into surrender long before help came. But our best hope, it was decided, was to kill off the buccaneers until they either hauled down their flag or ran away with the Hispaniola.

Appears - apparaît, apparaître, paraître, sembler

wits - l'esprit, esprit

surrender - la reddition, capituler, capitulation, reddition

From nineteen they were already reduced to fifteen, two others were wounded, and one at least-the man shot beside the gun-severely wounded, if he were not dead. Every time we had a crack at them, we were to take it, saving our own lives, with the extremest care. And besides that, we had two able allies-rum and the climate.

severely - séverement

crack - crack, croustiller, fissure, craquement, fracas, craquer

extremest - extrémiste, extreme, excessif, excessive

allies - alliés, s'allier (a, avec)

climate - le climat, climat

As for the first, though we were about half a mile away, we could hear them roaring and singing late into the night; and as for the second, the doctor staked his wig that, camped where they were in the marsh and unprovided with remedies, the half of them would be on their backs before a week.

staked - piquetée, pieu, pal, tuteur, jalon, piquet, poteau

camped - campé, camp(ement)

remedies - des remedes, remede, recours, remédier

"So," he added, "if we are not all shot down first they'll be glad to be packing in the schooner. It's always a ship, and they can get to buccaneering again, I suppose."

be glad - etre heureux

packing - colisage, empaquetage, emballant, emballage, (pack) colisage

buccaneering - la flibuste, boucanier

"First ship that ever I lost," said Captain Smollett.

I was dead tired, as you may fancy; and when I got to sleep, which was not till after a great deal of tossing, I slept like a log of wood.

dead tired - épuisé

not till - pas avant

The rest had long been up and had already breakfasted and increased the pile of firewood by about half as much again when I was wakened by a bustle and the sound of voices.

"Flag of truce!" I heard someone say; and then, immediately after, with a cry of surprise, "Silver himself!"

truce - treve, treve, cessez-le-feu

And at that, up I jumped, and rubbing my eyes, ran to a loophole in the wall.

rubbing - le frottement, frottage, froissement, lessivage

loophole - une faille, meurtriere, échappatoire, breche

Chapter 20. Silver's Embassy

embassy - ambassade

SURE enough, there were two men just outside the stockade, one of them waving a white cloth, the other, no less a person than Silver himself, standing placidly by.

waving - en faisant signe de la main, (wave) en faisant signe de la main

placidly - placidement

It was still quite early, and the coldest morning that I think I ever was abroad in-a chill that pierced into the marrow. The sky was bright and cloudless overhead, and the tops of the trees shone rosily in the sun. But where Silver stood with his lieutenant, all was still in shadow, and they waded knee-deep in a low white vapour that had crawled during the night out of the morass.

chill - refroidissement, froid

pierced - percé, percer

marrow - moelle

sky - ciel, nue

overhead - des frais généraux, dessus, sur, au dessus, aérien, grippage

tops - des sommets, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune

rosily - rosily

lieutenant - lieutenant

vapour - vapeur, fumées

morass - morasse, marais, marécage, bourbier

The chill and the vapour taken together told a poor tale of the island. It was plainly a damp, feverish, unhealthy spot.

Tale - conte, récit

damp - humide, moite, mouillé, humidité, grisou, amortir

feverish - fébrile, fiévreux

unhealthy - malsain, mauvais pour la santé

"Keep indoors, men," said the captain. "Ten to one this is a trick."

indoors - a l'intérieur, intérieur, salle

Then he hailed the buccaneer.

"Who goes? Stand, or we fire."

"Flag of truce," cried Silver.

The captain was in the porch, keeping himself carefully out of the way of a treacherous shot, should any be intended. He turned and spoke to us, "Doctor's watch on the lookout. Dr. Livesey take the north side, if you please; Jim, the east; Gray, west. The watch below, all hands to load muskets. Lively, men, and careful."

treacherous - perfide

lively - fringant, spirituel

And then he turned again to the mutineers.

"And what do you want with your flag of truce?" he cried.

This time it was the other man who replied.

"Cap'n Silver, sir, to come on board and make terms," he shouted.

"Cap'n Silver! Don't know him. Who's he?" cried the captain. And we could hear him adding to himself, "Cap'n, is it? My heart, and here's promotion!"

promotion - promotion

Long John answered for himself. "Me, sir. These poor lads have chosen me cap'n, after your desertion, sir"-laying a particular emphasis upon the word "desertion." "We're willing to submit, if we can come to terms, and no bones about it. All I ask is your word, Cap'n Smollett, to let me safe and sound out of this here stockade, and one minute to get out o'shot before a gun is fired."

desertion - désertion

emphasis - l'accent, accent, emphase, graisse (4)

submit - se soumettre

"My man," said Captain Smollett, "I have not the slightest desire to talk to you. If you wish to talk to me, you can come, that's all. If there's any treachery, it'll be on your side, and the Lord help you."

"That's enough, cap'n," shouted Long John cheerily. "A word from you's enough. I know a gentleman, and you may lay to that."

We could see the man who carried the flag of truce attempting to hold Silver back. Nor was that wonderful, seeing how cavalier had been the captain's answer. But Silver laughed at him aloud and slapped him on the back as if the idea of alarm had been absurd.

attempting - tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

cavalier - nonchalant, cavalier, chevalier

laughed at - dont on se moque

absurd - absurde

Then he advanced to the stockade, threw over his crutch, got a leg up, and with great vigour and skill succeeded in surmounting the fence and dropping safely to the other side.

vigour - force, vigueur, énergie

surmounting - surmontant, (surmount), surmonter

fence - clôture, cloison, recéleur, recéleuse, receleur

safely - prudemment, en toute sécurité

I will confess that I was far too much taken up with what was going on to be of the slightest use as sentry; indeed, I had already deserted my eastern loophole and crept up behind the captain, who had now seated himself on the threshold, with his elbows on his knees, his head in his hands, and his eyes fixed on the water as it bubbled out of the old iron kettle in the sand.

elbows - coudes, coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes

fixed - fixé, réparer, fixer, préparer, truquer, tricher, réparation

bubbled - bullé, bulle, trou, vent, ambiance, bouillonner

He was whistling "Come, Lasses and Lads."

Lasses - les jeunes filles, demoiselle, fille, jeune fille

Silver had terrible hard work getting up the knoll. What with the steepness of the incline, the thick tree stumps, and the soft sand, he and his crutch were as helpless as a ship in stays. But he stuck to it like a man in silence, and at last arrived before the captain, whom he saluted in the handsomest style.

steepness - la pente, escarpement

stuck to - collé

handsomest - le plus beau, beau

He was tricked out in his best; an immense blue coat, thick with brass buttons, hung as low as to his knees, and a fine laced hat was set on the back of his head.

tricked - piégé, tour, astuce, truc, rench: -neededr, pli, levée

immense - immense

laced - lacé, lacet

"Here you are, my man," said the captain, raising his head. "You had better sit down."

"You ain't a-going to let me inside, cap'n?" complained Long John. "It's a main cold morning, to be sure, sir, to sit outside upon the sand."

complained - s'est plaint, se plaindre, porter plainte

"Why, Silver," said the captain, "if you had pleased to be an honest man, you might have been sitting in your galley. It's your own doing. You're either my ship's cook-and then you were treated handsome-or Cap'n Silver, a common mutineer and pirate, and then you can go hang!"

treated - traité, négocier, traiter, régaler, guérir

mutineer - mutin

"Well, well, cap'n," returned the sea-cook, sitting down as he was bidden on the sand, "you'll have to give me a hand up again, that's all. A sweet pretty place you have of it here. Ah, there's Jim! The top of the morning to you, Jim. Doctor, here's my service. Why, there you all are together like a happy family, in a manner of speaking."

bidden - interdites, faire une enchere (de)

"If you have anything to say, my man, better say it," said the captain.

"Right you were, Cap'n Smollett," replied Silver. "Dooty is dooty, to be sure. Well now, you look here, that was a good lay of yours last night. I don't deny it was a good lay. Some of you pretty handy with a handspike-end. And I'll not deny neither but what some of my people was shook-maybe all was shook; maybe I was shook myself; maybe that's why I'm here for terms.

that's why - c'est pourquoi

But you mark me, cap'n, it won't do twice, by thunder! We'll have to do sentry-go and ease off a point or so on the rum. Maybe you think we were all a sheet in the wind's eye. But I'll tell you I was sober; I was on'y dog tired; and if I'd awoke a second sooner, I'd 'a caught you at the act, I would. He wasn't dead when I got round to him, not he."

"Well?" says Captain Smollett as cool as can be.

All that Silver said was a riddle to him, but you would never have guessed it from his tone. As for me, I began to have an inkling. Ben Gunn's last words came back to my mind. I began to suppose that he had paid the buccaneers a visit while they all lay drunk together round their fire, and I reckoned up with glee that we had only fourteen enemies to deal with.

riddle - énigme

inkling - l'étincelle, idée, soupçon

reckoned up - Additionné

"Well, here it is," said Silver. "We want that treasure, and we'll have it-that's our point! You would just as soon save your lives, I reckon; and that's yours. You have a chart, haven't you?"

"That's as may be," replied the captain.

"Oh, well, you have, I know that," returned Long John. "You needn't be so husky with a man; there ain't a particle of service in that, and you may lay to it. What I mean is, we want your chart. Now, I never meant you no harm, myself."

needn - n'a pas besoin

husky - husky, enroué

particle - particule

"That won't do with me, my man," interrupted the captain. "We know exactly what you meant to do, and we don't care, for now, you see, you can't do it."

And the captain looked at him calmly and proceeded to fill a pipe.

calmly - calmement, paisiblement

"If Abe Gray-" Silver broke out.

"Avast there!" cried Mr. Smollett. "Gray told me nothing, and I asked him nothing; and what's more, I would see you and him and this whole island blown clean out of the water into blazes first. So there's my mind for you, my man, on that."

Avast - avast

blown - soufflé, coup

blazes - blazes, feu, embrasement

This little whiff of temper seemed to cool Silver down. He had been growing nettled before, but now he pulled himself together.

nettled - nettoyée, ortie, piquer, irriter, vexer

"Like enough," said he. "I would set no limits to what gentlemen might consider shipshape, or might not, as the case were. And seein'as how you are about to take a pipe, cap'n, I'll make so free as do likewise."

limits - des limites, limite, limitation

Consider - envisager, considérer, examiner, réfléchir, songer

seein - voir

And he filled a pipe and lighted it; and the two men sat silently smoking for quite a while, now looking each other in the face, now stopping their tobacco, now leaning forward to spit. It was as good as the play to see them.

"Now," resumed Silver, "here it is. You give us the chart to get the treasure by, and drop shooting poor seamen and stoving of their heads in while asleep. You do that, and we'll offer you a choice. Either you come aboard along of us, once the treasure shipped, and then I'll give you my affy-davy, upon my word of honour, to clap you somewhere safe ashore.

stoving - stoving, (stove) stoving

asleep - endormi

choice - choix, morceau de choix

affy - affy

clap - applaudir, claquent, claquer, applaudissement, claquez

somewhere - quelque part

Or if that ain't to your fancy, some of my hands being rough and having old scores on account of hazing, then you can stay here, you can. We'll divide stores with you, man for man; and I'll give my affy-davy, as before to speak the first ship I sight, and send 'em here to pick you up. Now, you'll own that's talking. Handsomer you couldn't look to get, now you.

scores - des scores, nombre de pointoints, score, note, vingtaine

on account - sur le compte

hazing - bizutage, (haze)

divide - diviser, fendre, partager, fossé

handsomer - plus beau, beau

And I hope"-raising his voice-"that all hands in this here block house will overhaul my words, for what is spoke to one is spoke to all."

overhaul - révision, remise a neuf, rénover

Captain Smollett rose from his seat and knocked out the ashes of his pipe in the palm of his left hand.

ashes - des cendres, cendre

"Is that all?" he asked.

"Every last word, by thunder!" answered John. "Refuse that, and you've seen the last of me but musket-balls."

refuse - refuser, refusons, refusent, refusez

"Very good," said the captain. "Now you'll hear me. If You'll come up one by one, unarmed, I'll engage to clap you all in irons and take you home to a fair trial in England. If you won't, my name is Alexander Smollett, I've flown my sovereign's colours, and I'll see you all to Davy Jones. You can't find the treasure. You can't sail the ship-there's not a man among you fit to sail the ship.

You'll come - Vous viendrez

engage - s'engager, attirer l'attention, engager, embrayer

sovereign - souveraine, souverain

You can't fight us-Gray, there, got away from five of you. Your ship's in irons, Master Silver; you're on a lee shore, and so you'll find. I stand here and tell you so; and they're the last good words you'll get from me, for in the name of heaven, I'll put a bullet in your back when next I meet you. Tramp, my lad. Bundle out of this, please, hand over hand, and double quick."

double quick - doublement rapide

Silver's face was a picture; his eyes started in his head with wrath. He shook the fire out of his pipe.

wrath - colere, fureur, courroux, ire, colere

"Give me a hand up!" he cried.

"Not I," returned the captain.

"Who'll give me a hand up?" he roared.

Not a man among us moved. Growling the foulest imprecations, he crawled along the sand till he got hold of the porch and could hoist himself again upon his crutch. Then he spat into the spring.

foulest - le plus grossier, infect, immonde

imprecations - des imprécations, exécrer, maudire

"There!" he cried. "That's what I think of ye. Before an hour's out, I'll stove in your old block house like a rum puncheon. Laugh, by thunder, laugh! Before an hour's out, ye'll laugh upon the other side. Them that die'll be the lucky ones."

stove - poele, fourneau, cuisiniere, (stave), douve, fuseau

lucky - chanceux, heureux, veinard, fortuné

And with a dreadful oath he stumbled off, ploughed down the sand, was helped across the stockade, after four or five failures, by the man with the flag of truce, and disappeared in an instant afterwards among the trees.

ploughed - labouré, charrue, araire, labourer, pilonner

failures - les échecs, échec, daube, flop, panne

Chapter 21. The Attack

AS soon as Silver disappeared, the captain, who had been closely watching him, turned towards the interior of the house and found not a man of us at his post but Gray. It was the first time we had ever seen him angry.

"Quarters!" he roared. And then, as we all slunk back to our places, "Gray," he said, "I'll put your name in the log; you've stood by your duty like a seaman. Mr. Trelawney, I'm surprised at you, sir. Doctor, I thought you had worn the king's coat! If that was how you served at Fontenoy, sir, you'd have been better in your berth."

I'm surprised - Je suis surpris

The doctor's watch were all back at their loopholes, the rest were busy loading the spare muskets, and everyone with a red face, you may be certain, and a flea in his ear, as the saying is.

loopholes - des lacunes, meurtriere, échappatoire, breche

spare - de rechange, épargner, loisirs, économiser

flea - puce

The captain looked on for a while in silence. Then he spoke.

"My lads," said he, "I've given Silver a broadside. I pitched it in red-hot on purpose; and before the hour's out, as he said, we shall be boarded. We're outnumbered, I needn't tell you that, but we fight in shelter; and a minute ago I should have said we fought with discipline. I've no manner of doubt that we can drub them, if you choose."

on purpose - a dessein

outnumbered - en infériorité numérique, rench: -neededr

drub - drub

Then he went the rounds and saw, as he said, that all was clear.

rounds - rondes, rond

On the two short sides of the house, east and west, there were only two loopholes; on the south side where the porch was, two again; and on the north side, five.

There was a round score of muskets for the seven of us; the firewood had been built into four piles-tables, you might say-one about the middle of each side, and on each of these tables some ammunition and four loaded muskets were laid ready to the hand of the defenders. In the middle, the cutlasses lay ranged.

piles - piles, pile, tas

defenders - défenseurs, défenseur, défenseuse

ranged - rangé, chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme

"Toss out the fire," said the captain; "the chill is past, and we mustn't have smoke in our eyes."

toss - de la balle, jet, au pile ou face, tirage au sort, lancer

The iron fire-basket was carried bodily out by Mr. Trelawney, and the embers smothered among sand.

smothered - étouffé, étouffer

"Hawkins hasn't had his breakfast. Hawkins, help yourself, and back to your post to eat it," continued Captain Smollett. "Lively, now, my lad; you'll want it before you've done. Hunter, serve out a round of brandy to all hands."

serve - service, servir, signifier, purger

And while this was going on, the captain completed, in his own mind, the plan of the defence.

"Doctor, you will take the door," he resumed. "See, and don't expose yourself; keep within, and fire through the porch. Hunter, take the east side, there. Joyce, you stand by the west, my man. Mr. Trelawney, you are the best shot-you and Gray will take this long north side, with the five loopholes; it's there the danger is.

expose - exposer, dénoncer

If they can get up to it and fire in upon us through our own ports, things would begin to look dirty. Hawkins, neither you nor I are much account at the shooting; we'll stand by to load and bear a hand."

ports - ports, port

As the captain had said, the chill was past. As soon as the sun had climbed above our girdle of trees, it fell with all its force upon the clearing and drank up the vapours at a draught. Soon the sand was baking and the resin melting in the logs of the block house.

girdle - gaine, corset, ceinture

clearing - le défrichage, clarification, clairiere, (clear), clair

vapours - des vapeurs, vapeur

baking - cuisson, (bake), cuire

resin - résine

melting - la fonte, fusion, (melt), fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)

logs - journaux, rondin, buche

Jackets and coats were flung aside, shirts thrown open at the neck and rolled up to the shoulders; and we stood there, each at his post, in a fever of heat and anxiety.

flung - jeté, lancer

rolled up - enroulé

An hour passed away.

"Hang them!" said the captain. "This is as dull as the doldrums. Gray, whistle for a wind."

dull - émoussé, ennuyeux, barbant, mat, terne, sot, obtus

doldrums - le marasme, Pot-au-Noir

And just at that moment came the first news of the attack.

"If you please, sir," said Joyce, "if I see anyone, am I to fire?"

"I told you so!" cried the captain.

"Thank you, sir," returned Joyce with the same quiet civility.

Nothing followed for a time, but the remark had set us all on the alert, straining ears and eyes-the musketeers with their pieces balanced in their hands, the captain out in the middle of the block house with his mouth very tight and a frown on his face.

on the alert - sur le qui-vive

straining - la tension, (strain) la tension

musketeers - mousquetaires, mousquetaire

balanced - équilibré, contrepoids, équilibre, solde, balancier

So some seconds passed, till suddenly Joyce whipped up his musket and fired. The report had scarcely died away ere it was repeated and repeated from without in a scattering volley, shot behind shot, like a string of geese, from every side of the enclosure.

geese - des oies

Several bullets struck the log-house, but not one entered; and as the smoke cleared away and vanished, the stockade and the woods around it looked as quiet and empty as before. Not a bough waved, not the gleam of a musket-barrel betrayed the presence of our foes.

bullets - balles, balle

cleared away - nettoyé

vanished - disparue, disparaître, s'évanouir, s'annuler

bough - rameau, branche

waved - salué, vague

gleam - briller, luisent, luisez, brillant, luisons

betrayed - trahi, trahir, livrer

foes - ennemis, ennemi/-ie

"Did you hit your man?" asked the captain.

hit - frappé, frapper, battement, battre, succes

"No, sir," replied Joyce. "I believe not, sir."

"Next best thing to tell the truth," muttered Captain Smollett. "Load his gun, Hawkins. How many should say there were on your side, doctor?"

muttered - marmonné, marmonner

"I know precisely," said Dr. Livesey. "Three shots were fired on this side. I saw the three flashes-two close together-one farther to the west."

flashes - flashes, éclair, lueur

"Three!" repeated the captain. "And how many on yours, Mr. Trelawney?"

But this was not so easily answered. There had come many from the north-seven by the squire's computation, eight or nine according to Gray. From the east and west only a single shot had been fired. It was plain, therefore, that the attack would be developed from the north and that on the other three sides we were only to be annoyed by a show of hostilities.

developed - développé, se développer, développer

annoyed - agacé, gener, ennuyer, embeter, agacer, asticoter

hostilities - hostilités, hostilité

But Captain Smollett made no change in his arrangements. If the mutineers succeeded in crossing the stockade, he argued, they would take possession of any unprotected loophole and shoot us down like rats in our own stronghold.

arrangements - des arrangements, arrangement, disposition, composition

Crossing - carrefour, croisement, traversée, (cross), croix

argued - argumenté, affirmer, débattre, se disputer, se quereller

take possession of - Prendre possession de

shoot - tirer, larguer, tirent, tirons, tirez

rats - les rats, rat

stronghold - bastion, place forte, fief

Nor had we much time left to us for thought. Suddenly, with a loud huzza, a little cloud of pirates leaped from the woods on the north side and ran straight on the stockade. At the same moment, the fire was once more opened from the woods, and a rifle ball sang through the doorway and knocked the doctor's musket into bits.

huzza - huzza

rifle - fusil

doorway - l'embrasure de la porte, embrasure de la porte

The boarders swarmed over the fence like monkeys. Squire and Gray fired again and yet again; three men fell, one forwards into the enclosure, two back on the outside. But of these, one was evidently more frightened than hurt, for he was on his feet again in a crack and instantly disappeared among the trees.

boarders - pensionnaires, pensionnaire, interne

swarmed - essaimé, essaim (flying insects)

monkeys - des singes, singe, guenon

forwards - pour l'avancement, en avant

more frightened - plus effrayé

Two had bit the dust, one had fled, four had made good their footing inside our defences, while from the shelter of the woods seven or eight men, each evidently supplied with several muskets, kept up a hot though useless fire on the log-house.

bit the dust - Mordre la poussiere

fled - fui, s'enfuir, prendre la fuite, fuir, échapper

defences - défenses, défense

supplied - fourni, fournir, approvisionner

The four who had boarded made straight before them for the building, shouting as they ran, and the men among the trees shouted back to encourage them. Several shots were fired, but such was the hurry of the marksmen that not one appears to have taken effect. In a moment, the four pirates had swarmed up the mound and were upon us.

encourage - encourager

marksmen - tireurs d'élite, tireur d'élite

mound - butte, monticule, tertre, butter

The head of Job Anderson, the boatswain, appeared at the middle loophole.

"At 'em, all hands-all hands!" he roared in a voice of thunder.

At the same moment, another pirate grasped Hunter's musket by the muzzle, wrenched it from his hands, plucked it through the loophole, and with one stunning blow, laid the poor fellow senseless on the floor. Meanwhile a third, running unharmed all around the house, appeared suddenly in the doorway and fell with his cutlass on the doctor.

grasped - saisi, saisir, agripper, comprendre

wrenched - arraché, arracher

unharmed - indemne

Our position was utterly reversed. A moment since we were firing, under cover, at an exposed enemy; now it was we who lay uncovered and could not return a blow.

reversed - inversé, faire marche arriere, inverser

The log-house was full of smoke, to which we owed our comparative safety. Cries and confusion, the flashes and reports of pistol-shots, and one loud groan rang in my ears.

comparative - comparatif

groan - gémir, râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement, grondement

"Out, lads, out, and fight 'em in the open! Cutlasses!" cried the captain.

I snatched a cutlass from the pile, and someone, at the same time snatching another, gave me a cut across the knuckles which I hardly felt. I dashed out of the door into the clear sunlight. Someone was close behind, I knew not whom.

snatched - arraché, empoigner, happer, saisir, arracher, enlever

snatching - vol a l'arraché, empoigner, happer, saisir, arracher, enlever

knuckles - poings américains, articulation du doigt, articulation

dashed - en pointillés, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter

sunlight - la lumiere du soleil, lumiere du soleil

Right in front, the doctor was pursuing his assailant down the hill, and just as my eyes fell upon him, beat down his guard and sent him sprawling on his back with a great slash across the face.

assailant - l'agresseur, agresseur, assaillant

beat down - abattre

sprawling - tentaculaire, s'affaler, s'étaler, s'étendre, étalement, fr

slash - slash, taillader

"Round the house, lads! Round the house!" cried the captain; and even in the hurly-burly, I perceived a change in his voice.

hurly - houleux

burly - costaud, robuste

Mechanically, I obeyed, turned eastwards, and with my cutlass raised, ran round the corner of the house. Next moment I was face to face with Anderson. He roared aloud, and his hanger went up above his head, flashing in the sunlight.

mechanically - mécaniquement

hanger - pendentif, cintre

I had not time to be afraid, but as the blow still hung impending, leaped in a trice upon one side, and missing my foot in the soft sand, rolled headlong down the slope.

trice - trice

headlong - tete baissée, la tete la premiere

When I had first sallied from the door, the other mutineers had been already swarming up the palisade to make an end of us. One man, in a red night-cap, with his cutlass in his mouth, had even got upon the top and thrown a leg across.

sallied - salué, sortie

swarming - l'essaimage, (swarm), essaim (flying insects)

Well, so short had been the interval that when I found my feet again all was in the same posture, the fellow with the red night-cap still half-way over, another still just showing his head above the top of the stockade. And yet, in this breath of time, the fight was over and the victory was ours.

posture - la posture, posture

victory - victoire

Gray, following close behind me, had cut down the big boatswain ere he had time to recover from his last blow. Another had been shot at a loophole in the very act of firing into the house and now lay in agony, the pistol still smoking in his hand. A third, as I had seen, the doctor had disposed of at a blow.

cut down - réduit

recover from - se remettre

agony - l'agonie, agonie, angoisse

disposed of - éliminé

Of the four who had scaled the palisade, one only remained unaccounted for, and he, having left his cutlass on the field, was now clambering out again with the fear of death upon him.

scaled - a l'échelle, graduation

unaccounted - non comptabilisée

field - champ, campo, terrain, corps, rubrique, attraper

clambering - de l'escalade, grimper

"Fire-fire from the house!" cried the doctor. "And you, lads, back into cover."

But his words were unheeded, no shot was fired, and the last boarder made good his escape and disappeared with the rest into the wood. In three seconds nothing remained of the attacking party but the five who had fallen, four on the inside and one on the outside of the palisade.

unheeded - non pris en compte

boarder - pensionnaire, interne, rench: t-needed r, planchiste

attacking - attaquant, attaque, attaquer, apostropher

The doctor and Gray and I ran full speed for shelter. The survivors would soon be back where they had left their muskets, and at any moment the fire might recommence.

survivors - survivants, survivant, survivante, rescapé, rescapée

recommence - recommencer

The house was by this time somewhat cleared of smoke, and we saw at a glance the price we had paid for victory. Hunter lay beside his loophole, stunned; Joyce by his, shot through the head, never to move again; while right in the centre, the squire was supporting the captain, one as pale as the other.

stunned - stupéfait, étourdir, étonner, époustoufler

shot through - tiré a travers

"The captain's wounded," said Mr. Trelawney.

"Have they run?" asked Mr. Smollett.

"All that could, you may be bound," returned the doctor; "but there's five of them will never run again."

"Five!" cried the captain. "Come, that's better. Five against three leaves us four to nine. That's better odds than we had at starting. We were seven to nineteen then, or thought we were, and that's as bad to bear."*

odds - des cotes, rench: -neededr, bizarre, étrange, impair

*The mutineers were soon only eight in number, for the man shot by Mr. Trelawney on board the schooner died that same evening of his wound. But this was, of course, not known till after by the faithful party.

PART FIVE-My Sea Adventure

Chapter 22. How My Sea Adventure Began

THERE was no return of the mutineers-not so much as another shot out of the woods. They had "got their rations for that day," as the captain put it, and we had the place to ourselves and a quiet time to overhaul the wounded and get dinner.

Squire and I cooked outside in spite of the danger, and even outside we could hardly tell what we were at, for horror of the loud groans that reached us from the doctor's patients.

groans - gémissements, râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement

patients - patients, patient, patiente, malade

Out of the eight men who had fallen in the action, only three still breathed-that one of the pirates who had been shot at the loophole, Hunter, and Captain Smollett; and of these, the first two were as good as dead; the mutineer indeed died under the doctor's knife, and Hunter, do what we could, never recovered consciousness in this world.

breathed - respiré, respirer, inspirer, expirer

consciousness - la conscience, conscience

He lingered all day, breathing loudly like the old buccaneer at home in his apoplectic fit, but the bones of his chest had been crushed by the blow and his skull fractured in falling, and some time in the following night, without sign or sound, he went to his Maker.

lingered - s'est attardé, s'installer, stagner, s'incruster, s'éteindre

crushed - écrasé, barricade, béguin, amourette, faible, coup de cour

skull - crâne, crane

fractured - fracturé, fracture, fracturer

Maker - le fabricant, faiseur, fabricant, créateur

As for the captain, his wounds were grievous indeed, but not dangerous. No organ was fatally injured. Anderson's ball-for it was Job that shot him first-had broken his shoulder-blade and touched the lung, not badly; the second had only torn and displaced some muscles in the calf.

grievous - grave

organ - organe, orgue

fatally - fatalement

shoulder-blade - (shoulder-blade) l'omoplate

lung - poumon

badly - mal, mauvaisement

torn - déchiré, larme

muscles - muscles, muscle

He was sure to recover, the doctor said, but in the meantime, and for weeks to come, he must not walk nor move his arm, nor so much as speak when he could help it.

My own accidental cut across the knuckles was a flea-bite. Doctor Livesey patched it up with plaster and pulled my ears for me into the bargain.

accidental - accidentelle, accidentel, altération

plaster - le plâtre, onguent, plâtre, enduit, enduire, plâtrer

into the bargain - dans la négociation

After dinner the squire and the doctor sat by the captain's side awhile in consultation; and when they had talked to their hearts'content, it being then a little past noon, the doctor took up his hat and pistols, girt on a cutlass, put the chart in his pocket, and with a musket over his shoulder crossed the palisade on the north side and set off briskly through the trees.

girt - girt, (gird) girt

Gray and I were sitting together at the far end of the block house, to be out of earshot of our officers consulting; and Gray took his pipe out of his mouth and fairly forgot to put it back again, so thunder-struck he was at this occurrence.

consulting - consultation, concerter

Occurrence - occurrence

"Why, in the name of Davy Jones," said he, "is Dr. Livesey mad?"

"Why no," says I. "He's about the last of this crew for that, I take it."

"Well, shipmate," said Gray, "mad he may not be; but if he's not, you mark my words, I am."

"I take it," replied I, "the doctor has his idea; and if I am right, he's going now to see Ben Gunn."

I was right, as appeared later; but in the meantime, the house being stifling hot and the little patch of sand inside the palisade ablaze with midday sun, I began to get another thought into my head, which was not by any means so right.

stifling - étouffant, (stifle)

patch - patch, rapiécer

ablaze - en feu, embrasé

midday - midi, (de) midi

What I began to do was to envy the doctor walking in the cool shadow of the woods with the birds about him and the pleasant smell of the pines, while I sat grilling, with my clothes stuck to the hot resin, and so much blood about me and so many poor dead bodies lying all around that I took a disgust of the place that was almost as strong as fear.

envy - l'envie, envie, jalousie, convoitise, envier

grilling - lancinant, (grill) lancinant

stuck - coincé, enfoncer

dead bodies - des cadavres

disgust - dégout, dégouter, dégout

All the time I was washing out the block house, and then washing up the things from dinner, this disgust and envy kept growing stronger and stronger, till at last, being near a bread-bag, and no one then observing me, I took the first step towards my escapade and filled both pockets of my coat with biscuit.

washing up - La vaisselle

escapade - escapade

I was a fool, if you like, and certainly I was going to do a foolish, over-bold act; but I was determined to do it with all the precautions in my power. These biscuits, should anything befall me, would keep me, at least, from starving till far on in the next day.

foolish - sot, stupide, bete, idiot

The next thing I laid hold of was a brace of pistols, and as I already had a powder-horn and bullets, I felt myself well supplied with arms.

As for the scheme I had in my head, it was not a bad one in itself. I was to go down the sandy spit that divides the anchorage on the east from the open sea, find the white rock I had observed last evening, and ascertain whether it was there or not that Ben Gunn had hidden his boat, a thing quite worth doing, as I still believe.

scheme - le projet, plan, combine, machination, schéma, systeme

divides - divise, diviser, fendre, partager

open sea - en pleine mer

ascertain - vérification, constater, définir

But as I was certain I should not be allowed to leave the enclosure, my only plan was to take French leave and slip out when nobody was watching, and that was so bad a way of doing it as made the thing itself wrong. But I was only a boy, and I had made my mind up.

take French leave - Filer a l'anglaise

Well, as things at last fell out, I found an admirable opportunity. The squire and Gray were busy helping the captain with his bandages, the coast was clear, I made a bolt for it over the stockade and into the thickest of the trees, and before my absence was observed I was out of cry of my companions.

bandages - des bandages, bandage, pansement, panser

thickest - le plus épais, épais, gros, dense

This was my second folly, far worse than the first, as I left but two sound men to guard the house; but like the first, it was a help towards saving all of us.

folly - folie, sottise

I took my way straight for the east coast of the island, for I was determined to go down the sea side of the spit to avoid all chance of observation from the anchorage. It was already late in the afternoon, although still warm and sunny.

sea side - côté mer

sunny - ensoleillé

As I continued to thread the tall woods, I could hear from far before me not only the continuous thunder of the surf, but a certain tossing of foliage and grinding of boughs which showed me the sea breeze had set in higher than usual.

continuous - continue

grinding - broyage, (grind)

Soon cool draughts of air began to reach me, and a few steps farther I came forth into the open borders of the grove, and saw the sea lying blue and sunny to the horizon and the surf tumbling and tossing its foam along the beach.

reach - atteindre, parviens, allonge, parvenir, préhension

horizon - horizon

foam - écume, mousse, écumer, mousser

I have never seen the sea quiet round Treasure Island. The sun might blaze overhead, the air be without a breath, the surface smooth and blue, but still these great rollers would be running along all the external coast, thundering and thundering by day and night; and I scarce believe there is one spot in the island where a man would be out of earshot of their noise.

rollers - rouleaux, rouleau, rollier

be running - etre en cours d'exécution

external - externe

I walked along beside the surf with great enjoyment, till, thinking I was now got far enough to the south, I took the cover of some thick bushes and crept warily up to the ridge of the spit.

enjoyment - jouissance, plaisir

warily - avec prudence

ridge - crete, crete, faîte, dorsale

Behind me was the sea, in front the anchorage. The sea breeze, as though it had the sooner blown itself out by its unusual violence, was already at an end; it had been succeeded by light, variable airs from the south and south-east, carrying great banks of fog; and the anchorage, under lee of Skeleton Island, lay still and leaden as when first we entered it.

variable - variable, parametre

The Hispaniola, in that unbroken mirror, was exactly portrayed from the truck to the waterline, the Jolly Roger hanging from her peak.

mirror - glace, miroir, copie, refléter

portrayed - représenté, dépeindre, représenter, portraire, décrire

truck - camion, camiono

waterline - ligne de flottaison

Alongside lay one of the gigs, Silver in the stern-sheets-him I could always recognize-while a couple of men were leaning over the stern bulwarks, one of them with a red cap-the very rogue that I had seen some hours before stride-legs upon the palisade. Apparently they were talking and laughing, though at that distance-upwards of a mile-I could, of course, hear no word of what was said.

recognize - reconnaître, reconnaissons, homologuer, reconnaitre, retrouve

bulwarks - les pavois, rempart, bastingage, pavois

stride - foulée, marcher a grands pas

All at once there began the most horrid, unearthly screaming, which at first startled me badly, though I had soon remembered the voice of Captain Flint and even thought I could make out the bird by her bright plumage as she sat perched upon her master's wrist.

most horrid - le plus horrible

unearthly - non terrestre, inquiétant

plumage - plumage, plume (pars pro toto), plumée, pennage

perched - perché, perchoir

Soon after, the jolly-boat shoved off and pulled for shore, and the man with the red cap and his comrade went below by the cabin companion.

Just about the same time, the sun had gone down behind the Spy-glass, and as the fog was collecting rapidly, it began to grow dark in earnest. I saw I must lose no time if I were to find the boat that evening.

collecting - la collecte, collection, (collect) la collecte

The white rock, visible enough above the brush, was still some eighth of a mile further down the spit, and it took me a goodish while to get up with it, crawling, often on all fours, among the scrub. Night had almost come when I laid my hand on its rough sides.

visible - visible

Eighth - huitieme, huitieme

goodish - bon

scrub - gommage, lessivage

Right below it there was an exceedingly small hollow of green turf, hidden by banks and a thick underwood about knee-deep, that grew there very plentifully; and in the centre of the dell, sure enough, a little tent of goat-skins, like what the gipsies carry about with them in England.

exceedingly - excessivement, extremement, énormément

turf - gazon, motte de gazon, hippodrome, champ de courses, gazonner

underwood - sous-bois

plentifully - abondamment

tent - tente

skins - peaux, peau, apparence, écorcher, égratigner

I dropped into the hollow, lifted the side of the tent, and there was Ben Gunn's boat-home-made if ever anything was home-made; a rude, lop-sided framework of tough wood, and stretched upon that a covering of goat-skin, with the hair inside. The thing was extremely small, even for me, and I can hardly imagine that it could have floated with a full-sized man.

lop - lop, tailler, couper

sided - côté

tough - dur

covering - la couverture, bâchant, couvrant, (cover), couvercle

extremely - extremement, extremement, vachement

floated - flotté, flotter

sized - dimensionné, taille, dimension(s)

There was one thwart set as low as possible, a kind of stretcher in the bows, and a double paddle for propulsion.

thwart - contrecarrer, contrarier, banc

stretcher - civiere, civiere, brancard, châssis, panneresse

paddle - pagaie, patauger, barbotter

propulsion - propulsion

I had not then seen a coracle, such as the ancient Britons made, but I have seen one since, and I can give you no fairer idea of Ben Gunn's boat than by saying it was like the first and the worst coracle ever made by man. But the great advantage of the coracle it certainly possessed, for it was exceedingly light and portable.

coracle - coracle

Britons - les britanniques, Britannique, Grand-Breton

fairer - plus équitable, blond

possessed - possédé, posséder, s'emparer de

Portable - portable, portatif

Well, now that I had found the boat, you would have thought I had had enough of truantry for once, but in the meantime I had taken another notion and become so obstinately fond of it that I would have carried it out, I believe, in the teeth of Captain Smollett himself. This was to slip out under cover of the night, cut the Hispaniola adrift, and let her go ashore where she fancied.

truantry - la truanderie

notion - notion

fond - fond, tendre, amoureux

adrift - a la dérive, a la dérive

I had quite made up my mind that the mutineers, after their repulse of the morning, had nothing nearer their hearts than to up anchor and away to sea; this, I thought, it would be a fine thing to prevent, and now that I had seen how they left their watchmen unprovided with a boat, I thought it might be done with little risk.

repulse - repousser

prevent - prévenir, empecher

watchmen - les gardiens, guetteur, sentinelle

Down I sat to wait for darkness, and made a hearty meal of biscuit. It was a night out of ten thousand for my purpose. The fog had now buried all heaven. As the last rays of daylight dwindled and disappeared, absolute blackness settled down on Treasure Island.

darkness - l'obscurité, obscurité, ténebres

rays - rayons, rayon

daylight - la lumiere du jour, jour, lumiere du jour

dwindled - a diminué, diminuer, fondre, s'amenuiser, se tarir

absolute - absolue, absolu

blackness - la noirceur, noirceur

And when, at last, I shouldered the coracle and groped my way stumblingly out of the hollow where I had supped, there were but two points visible on the whole anchorage.

groped - tripoté, tâter, tâtonner, tripoter, peloter

stumblingly - en trébuchant

One was the great fire on shore, by which the defeated pirates lay carousing in the swamp. The other, a mere blur of light upon the darkness, indicated the position of the anchored ship. She had swung round to the ebb-her bow was now towards me-the only lights on board were in the cabin, and what I saw was merely a reflection on the fog of the strong rays that flowed from the stern window.

on shore - sur le rivage

defeated - vaincu, battre, vaincre

blur - estomper, brouiller, s'estomper, flou, tache, salissure, marque

indicated - indiqué, indiquer, signaler

merely - simplement, uniquement, seulement

reflection - réflexion, reflet, eaning 4

flowed - s'est écoulée, couler

The ebb had already run some time, and I had to wade through a long belt of swampy sand, where I sank several times above the ankle, before I came to the edge of the retreating water, and wading a little way in, with some strength and dexterity, set my coracle, keel downwards, on the surface.

ankle - cheville

retreating - se retirer, battre en retraite

Chapter 23. The Ebb-tide Runs

THE coracle-as I had ample reason to know before I was done with her-was a very safe boat for a person of my height and weight, both buoyant and clever in a seaway; but she was the most cross-grained, lop-sided craft to manage. Do as you pleased, she always made more leeway than anything else, and turning round and round was the manoeuvre she was best at.

ample - ample

buoyant - flottant, flottable, gai, léger, joyeux

seaway - voie maritime

grained - grainé, grain

leeway - marge de manouvre, dérive, latitude, marge

turning round - faire demi-tour

manoeuvre - manouvre, manoeuvrer

Even Ben Gunn himself has admitted that she was "queer to handle till you knew her way."

queer - pédé, étrange, bizarre

Certainly I did not know her way. She turned in every direction but the one I was bound to go; the most part of the time we were broadside on, and I am very sure I never should have made the ship at all but for the tide. By good fortune, paddle as I pleased, the tide was still sweeping me down; and there lay the Hispaniola right in the fairway, hardly to be missed.

turned in - rendu

fairway - fairway, parcours libre entre tee et green

First she loomed before me like a blot of something yet blacker than darkness, then her spars and hull began to take shape, and the next moment, as it seemed (for, the farther I went, the brisker grew the current of the ebb), I was alongside of her hawser and had laid hold.

loomed - a été tissé, métier a tisser

blot - tache, (ink) pâté, souillure, tacher

spars - les espars, (Spar) les espars

hull - coque, Hull

take shape - prendre forme

brisker - plus vif, animé, vif, stimulant

hawser - l'aussiere, aussiere

The hawser was as taut as a bowstring, and the current so strong she pulled upon her anchor. All round the hull, in the blackness, the rippling current bubbled and chattered like a little mountain stream. One cut with my sea-gully and the Hispaniola would go humming down the tide.

bowstring - corde d'arc, corde

chattered - bavardé, jacasser, bavarder

humming - fredonner, (hum), bourdonner, fourmiller

So far so good, but it next occurred to my recollection that a taut hawser, suddenly cut, is a thing as dangerous as a kicking horse. Ten to one, if I were so foolhardy as to cut the Hispaniola from her anchor, I and the coracle would be knocked clean out of the water.

kicking - coups de pied, donner un coup de pied (a, dans)

This brought me to a full stop, and if fortune had not again particularly favoured me, I should have had to abandon my design. But the light airs which had begun blowing from the south-east and south had hauled round after nightfall into the south-west.

not again - pas encore

abandon - abandonner, renoncer, abandonnent, abandonnons, délaisser

nightfall - a la tombée de la nuit, tombée de la nuit

Just while I was meditating, a puff came, caught the Hispaniola, and forced her up into the current; and to my great joy, I felt the hawser slacken in my grasp, and the hand by which I held it dip for a second under water.

meditating - méditer

puff - bouffée, souffle

forced - forcée, force

dip - trempette, immersion

With that I made my mind up, took out my gully, opened it with my teeth, and cut one strand after another, till the vessel swung only by two. Then I lay quiet, waiting to sever these last when the strain should be once more lightened by a breath of wind.

Strand - strand, cordon

sever - sévere, rompre, trancher, sectionner

All this time I had heard the sound of loud voices from the cabin, but to say truth, my mind had been so entirely taken up with other thoughts that I had scarcely given ear. Now, however, when I had nothing else to do, I began to pay more heed.

One I recognized for the coxswain's, Israel Hands, that had been Flint's gunner in former days. The other was, of course, my friend of the red night-cap. Both men were plainly the worse of drink, and they were still drinking, for even while I was listening, one of them, with a drunken cry, opened the stern window and threw out something, which I divined to be an empty bottle.

drunken - ivre

threw out - Jeter

divined - diviné, divin

But they were not only tipsy; it was plain that they were furiously angry. Oaths flew like hailstones, and every now and then there came forth such an explosion as I thought was sure to end in blows. But each time the quarrel passed off and the voices grumbled lower for a while, until the next crisis came and in its turn passed away without result.

tipsy - éméché, égayé, gris, pompette

furiously - furieusement

hailstones - des grelons, grelon

crisis - crise

On shore, I could see the glow of the great camp-fire burning warmly through the shore-side trees. Someone was singing, a dull, old, droning sailor's song, with a droop and a quaver at the end of every verse, and seemingly no end to it at all but the patience of the singer. I had heard it on the voyage more than once and remembered these words:

glow - l'éclat, briller, luire, irradier, lueur, éclat

burning - bruler, brulant, ardent, brulage, (burn) bruler

droning - bourdonnement, faux-bourdon

droop - tomber, s'affaisser, bec

quaver - quaver, croche

verse - vers, strophe

patience - la patience, patience

"But one man of her crew alive,

What put to sea with seventy-five."

And I thought it was a ditty rather too dolefully appropriate for a company that had met such cruel losses in the morning. But, indeed, from what I saw, all these buccaneers were as callous as the sea they sailed on.

ditty - chansonnette

dolefully - avec tristesse

appropriate - approprié, idoine, approprier

losses - pertes, perte

callous - endurci, sans-cour, insensible

At last the breeze came; the schooner sidled and drew nearer in the dark; I felt the hawser slacken once more, and with a good, tough effort, cut the last fibres through.

sidled - sidled, se faufiler

fibres - fibres, fibre

The breeze had but little action on the coracle, and I was almost instantly swept against the bows of the Hispaniola. At the same time, the schooner began to turn upon her heel, spinning slowly, end for end, across the current.

I wrought like a fiend, for I expected every moment to be swamped; and since I found I could not push the coracle directly off, I now shoved straight astern. At length I was clear of my dangerous neighbour, and just as I gave the last impulsion, my hands came across a light cord that was trailing overboard across the stern bulwarks. Instantly I grasped it.

fiend - fieffé, démon, monstre, addict

expected - attendue, attendre, s'attendre a

swamped - submergé, marécage, marais, submerger

push - pousser, poussons, poussez, poussent, buter, acculer

impulsion - l'impulsion

cord - corde, cordon

Why I should have done so I can hardly say. It was at first mere instinct, but once I had it in my hands and found it fast, curiosity began to get the upper hand, and I determined I should have one look through the cabin window.

look through - regarder a travers

I pulled in hand over hand on the cord, and when I judged myself near enough, rose at infinite risk to about half my height and thus commanded the roof and a slice of the interior of the cabin.

pulled in - Tirer dans

infinite - infini, un nombre infini de

commanded - commandée, commandement, ordre, maîtrise

slice - tranche, tronçon, trancher, couper en tranches, émincer

By this time the schooner and her little consort were gliding pretty swiftly through the water; indeed, we had already fetched up level with the camp-fire. The ship was talking, as sailors say, loudly, treading the innumerable ripples with an incessant weltering splash; and until I got my eye above the window-sill I could not comprehend why the watchmen had taken no alarm.

gliding - le vol a voile, vol a voile, (glide), glisser, planer

fetched - fouillé, aller chercher

level - plat, a ras, au meme niveau, constant, niveau, profondeur

treading - le piétinement, (tread) le piétinement

innumerable - innombrables

incessant - incessant

splash - splash, plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser, asperger

sill - sill, bille, seuil

comprehend - comprendre

One glance, however, was sufficient; and it was only one glance that I durst take from that unsteady skiff. It showed me Hands and his companion locked together in deadly wrestle, each with a hand upon the other's throat.

sufficient - suffisante, suffisant

take from - Prendre de

unsteady - instable, branlant, fébrile

skiff - skiff

deadly - mortelle, mortel, fatal, létal

wrestle - lutter

I dropped upon the thwart again, none too soon, for I was near overboard. I could see nothing for the moment but these two furious, encrimsoned faces swaying together under the smoky lamp, and I shut my eyes to let them grow once more familiar with the darkness.

smoky - enfumé

more familiar - plus familier

The endless ballad had come to an end at last, and the whole diminished company about the camp-fire had broken into the chorus I had heard so often:

endless - sans fin, infini, interminable, perpétuel

ballad - ballade

diminished - diminué, réduire, rétrécir, rapetisser, diminuer, amincir

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

Drink and the devil had done for the rest-

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

I was just thinking how busy drink and the devil were at that very moment in the cabin of the Hispaniola, when I was surprised by a sudden lurch of the coracle. At the same moment, she yawed sharply and seemed to change her course. The speed in the meantime had strangely increased.

lurch - l'embardée, tituber

I opened my eyes at once. All round me were little ripples, combing over with a sharp, bristling sound and slightly phosphorescent. The Hispaniola herself, a few yards in whose wake I was still being whirled along, seemed to stagger in her course, and I saw her spars toss a little against the blackness of the night; nay, as I looked longer, I made sure she also was wheeling to the southward.

combing - peignant, (comb) peignant

bristling - se hérisser, soie, poil

slightly - légerement, finement, délicatement, légerement

phosphorescent - phosphorescent

whirled - tourbillonné, tourbillonner

stagger - tituber, (stag), cerf, bouf

I glanced over my shoulder, and my heart jumped against my ribs. There, right behind me, was the glow of the camp-fire. The current had turned at right angles, sweeping round along with it the tall schooner and the little dancing coracle; ever quickening, ever bubbling higher, ever muttering louder, it went spinning through the narrows for the open sea.

glanced - a glissé, jeter un coup d’oil, coup d'oil

quickening - l'accélération, (quicken) l'accélération

muttering - marmonner, grommellement, (mutter) marmonner

narrows - se rétrécit, étroit

Suddenly the schooner in front of me gave a violent yaw, turning, perhaps, through twenty degrees; and almost at the same moment one shout followed another from on board; I could hear feet pounding on the companion ladder and I knew that the two drunkards had at last been interrupted in their quarrel and awakened to a sense of their disaster.

yaw - lacet

degrees - degrés, diplôme, degré, ordre

shout - crier, cri, jacasser, crient, criez, crions

ladder - l'échelle, échelle

I lay down flat in the bottom of that wretched skiff and devoutly recommended my spirit to its Maker. At the end of the straits, I made sure we must fall into some bar of raging breakers, where all my troubles would be ended speedily; and though I could, perhaps, bear to die, I could not bear to look upon my fate as it approached.

recommended - recommandé, recommander, adviser, fr

raging - enragée, chiffon

So I must have lain for hours, continually beaten to and fro upon the billows, now and again wetted with flying sprays, and never ceasing to expect death at the next plunge.

billows - des bouées, flot, ondoyer

wetted - mouillé, mouiller, se mouiller

sprays - sprays, (nuage de) gouttelettes, pulvérisation

ceasing - cesser, cessant, (cease), s'arreter

Gradually weariness grew upon me; a numbness, an occasional stupor, fell upon my mind even in the midst of my terrors, until sleep at last supervened and in my sea-tossed coracle I lay and dreamed of home and the old Admiral Benbow.

numbness - l'engourdissement, engourdissement

occasional - occasionnel

stupor - stupeur

midst - centre, milieu

Chapter 24. The Cruise of the Coracle

IT was broad day when I awoke and found myself tossing at the south-west end of Treasure Island. The sun was up but was still hid from me behind the great bulk of the Spy-glass, which on this side descended almost to the sea in formidable cliffs.

Haulbowline Head and Mizzen-mast Hill were at my elbow, the hill bare and dark, the head bound with cliffs forty or fifty feet high and fringed with great masses of fallen rock. I was scarce a quarter of a mile to seaward, and it was my first thought to paddle in and land.

elbow - coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes

fringed - a franges, frange, périphérie, radicaux

masses - masses, amas

That notion was soon given over. Among the fallen rocks the breakers spouted and bellowed; loud reverberations, heavy sprays flying and falling, succeeded one another from second to second; and I saw myself, if I ventured nearer, dashed to death upon the rough shore or spending my strength in vain to scale the beetling crags.

spouted - craché, bec verseur, jet, souffle, jaillir, palabrer

reverberations - les réverbérations, contrecoup, echo, réflexion, répercussion

ventured - s'est aventuré, s'aventurer, risquer, oser

scale - échelle, escaladez, escalader, escaladent, gravir, bareme

beetling - le coléoptere, (beetle) le coléoptere

crags - les falaises, rocher escarpé

Nor was that all, for crawling together on flat tables of rock or letting themselves drop into the sea with loud reports I beheld huge slimy monsters-soft snails, as it were, of incredible bigness-two or three score of them together, making the rocks to echo with their barkings.

slimy - visqueux, visqueuse, gluant, gluante

monsters - des monstres, monstre, bete, monstrueux

snails - escargots, escargot, limaçon

bigness - taille

barkings - aboiements

I have understood since that they were sea lions, and entirely harmless. But the look of them, added to the difficulty of the shore and the high running of the surf, was more than enough to disgust me of that landing-place. I felt willing rather to starve at sea than to confront such perils.

harmless - inoffensif

starve - mourir de faim, crever de faim, crever la dalle, affamer

confront - confronter

perils - périls, péril, risque

In the meantime I had a better chance, as I supposed, before me. North of Haulbowline Head, the land runs in a long way, leaving at low tide a long stretch of yellow sand. To the north of that, again, there comes another cape-Cape of the Woods, as it was marked upon the chart-buried in tall green pines, which descended to the margin of the sea.

low tide - marée basse

stretch - étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

I remembered what Silver had said about the current that sets northward along the whole west coast of Treasure Island, and seeing from my position that I was already under its influence, I preferred to leave Haulbowline Head behind me and reserve my strength for an attempt to land upon the kindlier-looking Cape of the Woods.

sets - des ensembles, Seth

reserve - réservation, réserve, réserves, remplaçant

attempt - tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

There was a great, smooth swell upon the sea. The wind blowing steady and gentle from the south, there was no contrariety between that and the current, and the billows rose and fell unbroken.

contrariety - la contrariété

Had it been otherwise, I must long ago have perished; but as it was, it is surprising how easily and securely my little and light boat could ride.

securely - en toute sécurité

Often, as I still lay at the bottom and kept no more than an eye above the gunwale, I would see a big blue summit heaving close above me; yet the coracle would but bounce a little, dance as if on springs, and subside on the other side into the trough as lightly as a bird.

summit - sommet, apogée

bounce - rebondir

subside - s'atténuer, tomber, calmer

trough - l'auge, auge (for food), abreuvoir (for drinking), gouttiere

I began after a little to grow very bold and sat up to try my skill at paddling. But even a small change in the disposition of the weight will produce violent changes in the behaviour of a coracle.

paddling - pagayer, (paddle) pagayer

small change - un petit changement

disposition - disposition, tempérament

And I had hardly moved before the boat, giving up at once her gentle dancing movement, ran straight down a slope of water so steep that it made me giddy, and struck her nose, with a spout of spray, deep into the side of the next wave.

giddy - étourdi, étourdissant

I was drenched and terrified, and fell instantly back into my old position, whereupon the coracle seemed to find her head again and led me as softly as before among the billows. It was plain she was not to be interfered with, and at that rate, since I could in no way influence her course, what hope had I left of reaching land?

interfered - interféré, meler

reaching - atteindre, arriver/parvenir a

I began to be horribly frightened, but I kept my head, for all that. First, moving with all care, I gradually baled out the coracle with my sea-cap; then, getting my eye once more above the gunwale, I set myself to study how it was she managed to slip so quietly through the rollers.

horribly - horriblement

baled - mis en balles, balle

I found each wave, instead of the big, smooth glossy mountain it looks from shore or from a vessel's deck, was for all the world like any range of hills on dry land, full of peaks and smooth places and valleys. The coracle, left to herself, turning from side to side, threaded, so to speak, her way through these lower parts and avoided the steep slopes and higher, toppling summits of the wave.

glossy - luisant, brillant

valleys - vallées, vallée, val

threaded - fileté, fil, processus léger, exétron

avoided - évitée, éviter, fuir

toppling - renversement, renverser, (of statues) déboulonner, tomber

summits - sommets, sommet

"Well, now," thought I to myself, "it is plain I must lie where I am and not disturb the balance; but it is plain also that I can put the paddle over the side and from time to time, in smooth places, give her a shove or two towards land." No sooner thought upon than done.

disturb - déranger, perturber, gener

shove - pousser, enfoncer

There I lay on my elbows in the most trying attitude, and every now and again gave a weak stroke or two to turn her head to shore.

lay on - s'allonger

attitude - posture, état d'esprit, attitude

It was very tiring and slow work, yet I did visibly gain ground; and as we drew near the Cape of the Woods, though I saw I must infallibly miss that point, I had still made some hundred yards of easting. I was, indeed, close in. I could see the cool green tree-tops swaying together in the breeze, and I felt sure I should make the next promontory without fail.

tiring - fatiguant, fatigant, (tire) fatiguant

visibly - visiblement

gain ground - gagner du terrain

infallibly - de maniere infaillible

easting - l'est

promontory - promontoire

fail - échouer

It was high time, for I now began to be tortured with thirst. The glow of the sun from above, its thousandfold reflection from the waves, the sea-water that fell and dried upon me, caking my very lips with salt, combined to make my throat burn and my brain ache.

tortured - torturé, torture, torturer

thirst - soif, avoir soif, désirer

thousandfold - mille fois

waves - des vagues, vague

sea-water - (sea-water) l'eau de mer

combined - combinés, combiner

burn - bruler, s'allumer, brulons, brulez, bruler, cuite, griller

ache - mal, diuleur

The sight of the trees so near at hand had almost made me sick with longing, but the current had soon carried me past the point, and as the next reach of sea opened out, I beheld a sight that changed the nature of my thoughts.

sick with - Malade de

Right in front of me, not half a mile away, I beheld the Hispaniola under sail. I made sure, of course, that I should be taken; but I was so distressed for want of water that I scarce knew whether to be glad or sorry at the thought, and long before I had come to a conclusion, surprise had taken entire possession of my mind and I could do nothing but stare and wonder.

distressed - en détresse, détresse

conclusion - conclusion, fin

entire - entiere, entier, entiere

The Hispaniola was under her main-sail and two jibs, and the beautiful white canvas shone in the sun like snow or silver. When I first sighted her, all her sails were drawing; she was lying a course about north-west, and I presumed the men on board were going round the island on their way back to the anchorage.

jibs - les fleches, foc

presumed - présumée, présumer, supposer

Presently she began to fetch more and more to the westward, so that I thought they had sighted me and were going about in chase. At last, however, she fell right into the wind's eye, was taken dead aback, and stood there awhile helpless, with her sails shivering.

chase - poursuite, chassez, chassons, poursuivre, pousser, chasser

"Clumsy fellows," said I; "they must still be drunk as owls." And I thought how Captain Smollett would have set them skipping.

owls - hiboux, hibou, chouette

skipping - sauter, sautiller

Meanwhile the schooner gradually fell off and filled again upon another tack, sailed swiftly for a minute or so, and brought up once more dead in the wind's eye. Again and again was this repeated. To and fro, up and down, north, south, east, and west, the Hispaniola sailed by swoops and dashes, and at each repetition ended as she had begun, with idly flapping canvas.

tack - tack, punaise

swoops - des piqués, précipitation

dashes - tirets, tiret, trait, ta, sprint, soupçon, se précipiter

repetition - répétition

flapping - battre des ailes, pan

It became plain to me that nobody was steering. And if so, where were the men? Either they were dead drunk or had deserted her, I thought, and perhaps if I could get on board I might return the vessel to her captain.

dead drunk - ivre mort

The current was bearing coracle and schooner southward at an equal rate. As for the latter's sailing, it was so wild and intermittent, and she hung each time so long in irons, that she certainly gained nothing, if she did not even lose. If only I dared to sit up and paddle, I made sure that I could overhaul her.

Equal - l'égalité, égal, égaler a, égale

intermittent - intermittent

Gained - gagné, gagner

sit up - s'asseoir

The scheme had an air of adventure that inspired me, and the thought of the water breaker beside the fore companion doubled my growing courage.

inspired - inspirée, inspirer

breaker - briseur

Up I got, was welcomed almost instantly by another cloud of spray, but this time stuck to my purpose and set myself, with all my strength and caution, to paddle after the unsteered Hispaniola.

caution - prudence, admonition, checkavertissement, checkmise en garde

unsteered - non structuré

Once I shipped a sea so heavy that I had to stop and bail, with my heart fluttering like a bird, but gradually I got into the way of the thing and guided my coracle among the waves, with only now and then a blow upon her bows and a dash of foam in my face.

fluttering - flottement, faséyer, voleter, voltiger, battement

guided - guidé, guider

I was now gaining rapidly on the schooner; I could see the brass glisten on the tiller as it banged about, and still no soul appeared upon her decks. I could not choose but suppose she was deserted. If not, the men were lying drunk below, where I might batten them down, perhaps, and do what I chose with the ship.

glisten - briller, reluire

tiller - timon, barre

banged - cogné, détonation

batten - latte, planche

For some time she had been doing the worse thing possible for me-standing still. She headed nearly due south, yawing, of course, all the time. Each time she fell off, her sails partly filled, and these brought her in a moment right to the wind again.

partly - en partie

I have said this was the worst thing possible for me, for helpless as she looked in this situation, with the canvas cracking like cannon and the blocks trundling and banging on the deck, she still continued to run away from me, not only with the speed of the current, but by the whole amount of her leeway, which was naturally great.

looked in - regardé

naturally - naturellement

But now, at last, I had my chance. The breeze fell for some seconds, very low, and the current gradually turning her, the Hispaniola revolved slowly round her centre and at last presented me her stern, with the cabin window still gaping open and the lamp over the table still burning on into the day. The main-sail hung drooped like a banner. She was stock-still but for the current.

revolved - tourné, retourner, tourner

gaping - béante, (gap) béante

drooped - s'est affaissée, tomber, s'affaisser, bec

banner - banniere, pavillon, drapeau

stock-still - (stock-still) Toujours en stock

For the last little while I had even lost, but now redoubling my efforts, I began once more to overhaul the chase.

redoubling - redoublement, redoubler

efforts - efforts, effort

I was not a hundred yards from her when the wind came again in a clap; she filled on the port tack and was off again, stooping and skimming like a swallow.

skimming - écrémage, écrémant, (skim), dépasser doucement, effleurer

swallow - avaler, avalons, empiffrer, hirondelle, avalez

My first impulse was one of despair, but my second was towards joy. Round she came, till she was broadside on to me-round still till she had covered a half and then two thirds and then three quarters of the distance that separated us. I could see the waves boiling white under her forefoot. Immensely tall she looked to me from my low station in the coracle.

impulse - impulsion

thirds - tiers, troisieme, trois, tierce

separated - séparée, séparé, séparer

boiling - en ébullition, ébullition, bouillonnement

immensely - immensément

And then, of a sudden, I began to comprehend. I had scarce time to think-scarce time to act and save myself. I was on the summit of one swell when the schooner came stooping over the next. The bowsprit was over my head. I sprang to my feet and leaped, stamping the coracle under water.

With one hand I caught the jib-boom, while my foot was lodged between the stay and the brace; and as I still clung there panting, a dull blow told me that the schooner had charged down upon and struck the coracle and that I was left without retreat on the Hispaniola.

jib - fleche, foc

lodged - déposé, cabane, maison du portier, loge, rench: -neededr, loger

panting - haletant, (pant) haletant

charged - chargé, frais-p, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation

Chapter 25. I Strike the Jolly Roger

I HAD scarce gained a position on the bowsprit when the flying jib flapped and filled upon the other tack, with a report like a gun. The schooner trembled to her keel under the reverse, but next moment, the other sails still drawing, the jib flapped back again and hung idle.

the reverse - l'inverse

This had nearly tossed me off into the sea; and now I lost no time, crawled back along the bowsprit, and tumbled head foremost on the deck.

I was on the lee side of the forecastle, and the mainsail, which was still drawing, concealed from me a certain portion of the after-deck. Not a soul was to be seen. The planks, which had not been swabbed since the mutiny, bore the print of many feet, and an empty bottle, broken by the neck, tumbled to and fro like a live thing in the scuppers.

mainsail - la grand-voile, grand-voile

planks - des planches, planche, gainage

Suddenly the Hispaniola came right into the wind. The jibs behind me cracked aloud, the rudder slammed to, the whole ship gave a sickening heave and shudder, and at the same moment the main-boom swung inboard, the sheet groaning in the blocks, and showed me the lee after-deck.

sickening - écourant, a s’en rendre malade

inboard - a bord

There were the two watchmen, sure enough: red-cap on his back, as stiff as a handspike, with his arms stretched out like those of a crucifix and his teeth showing through his open lips; Israel Hands propped against the bulwarks, his chin on his chest, his hands lying open before him on the deck, his face as white, under its tan, as a tallow candle.

crucifix - croix, crucifix

tan - tan, bronzer

tallow candle - bougie de suif

For a while the ship kept bucking and sidling like a vicious horse, the sails filling, now on one tack, now on another, and the boom swinging to and fro till the mast groaned aloud under the strain.

bucking - se cabrer, ruade, (buck) se cabrer

sidling - sidling, se faufiler

vicious - rench: t-needed r, vicieux

groaned - gémi, râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement, grondement

Now and again too there would come a cloud of light sprays over the bulwark and a heavy blow of the ship's bows against the swell; so much heavier weather was made of it by this great rigged ship than by my home-made, lop-sided coracle, now gone to the bottom of the sea.

bulwark - rempart, bastingage, pavois

heavier - plus lourd, lourd

rigged - truqué, gréer

home-made - (home-made) fait maison

At every jump of the schooner, red-cap slipped to and fro, but-what was ghastly to behold-neither his attitude nor his fixed teeth-disclosing grin was anyway disturbed by this rough usage.

ghastly - épouvantable, effrayant, affreux, horrible

behold - regarder, voir, observer, voici, voila

disclosing - la divulgation, découvrir, laisser voir, révéler, divulguer

grin - sourire, rictus

anyway - quand meme, de toute façon, en tout cas, d'ailleurs, bref

At every jump too, Hands appeared still more to sink into himself and settle down upon the deck, his feet sliding ever the farther out, and the whole body canting towards the stern, so that his face became, little by little, hid from me; and at last I could see nothing beyond his ear and the frayed ringlet of one whisker.

settle down - s'installer

sliding - glissant, (slid) glissant

canting - le canting, (cant) le canting

frayed - effiloché, (s')effilocher

ringlet - ringlet

whisker - favoris, poil de barbe, moustache, vibrisse, d’un poil

At the same time, I observed, around both of them, splashes of dark blood upon the planks and began to feel sure that they had killed each other in their drunken wrath.

splashes - des éclaboussures, plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser

While I was thus looking and wondering, in a calm moment, when the ship was still, Israel Hands turned partly round and with a low moan writhed himself back to the position in which I had seen him first. The moan, which told of pain and deadly weakness, and the way in which his jaw hung open went right to my heart.

moan - gémissement, se plaindre, geindre, gémir, mugir

writhed - s'est tordu, se débattre, se démener, se tortiller

But when I remembered the talk I had overheard from the apple barrel, all pity left me.

I walked aft until I reached the main-mast.

aft - aft

"Come aboard, Mr. Hands," I said ironically.

ironically - ironiquement

He rolled his eyes round heavily, but he was too far gone to express surprise. All he could do was to utter one word, "Brandy."

express - express, exprimons, exprimez, exprimer, expriment

utter - l'utérus, émettre

It occurred to me there was no time to lose, and dodging the boom as it once more lurched across the deck, I slipped aft and down the companion stairs into the cabin.

dodging - l'esquive, éviter, contourner, esquiver, éluder

lurched - s'est déplacé, faire une embardée, vaciller

It was such a scene of confusion as you can hardly fancy. All the lockfast places had been broken open in quest of the chart. The floor was thick with mud where ruffians had sat down to drink or consult after wading in the marshes round their camp. The bulkheads, all painted in clear white and beaded round with gilt, bore a pattern of dirty hands.

broken open - éventré

mud - de la boue, boue, bourbe, vase

ruffians - ruffians, rufian, voyou, brute

consult - consulter

marshes - marais

bulkheads - les cloisons, cloison

beaded - perlé, grain, perle, gouttelette

gilt - doré, dorure, (gild) doré

pattern - modele, modele, motif, régularité, tendance, schéma, patron

Dozens of empty bottles clinked together in corners to the rolling of the ship. One of the doctor's medical books lay open on the table, half of the leaves gutted out, I suppose, for pipelights. In the midst of all this the lamp still cast a smoky glow, obscure and brown as umber.

dozens - douzaines, douzaine, dizaine

clinked - clinked, tintement

lay open - s'ouvrir

gutted - vidée, panse, boyaux-p, cordes de boyau-p, vider, éviscérer

obscure - obscure, obscur, sibyllin, obscurcir

umber - le nombre

I went into the cellar; all the barrels were gone, and of the bottles a most surprising number had been drunk out and thrown away. Certainly, since the mutiny began, not a man of them could ever have been sober.

cellar - cave

barrels - tonneaux, tonneau, barrique, baril, canon, barillet, embariller

thrown away - jeté

Foraging about, I found a bottle with some brandy left, for Hands; and for myself I routed out some biscuit, some pickled fruits, a great bunch of raisins, and a piece of cheese.

Foraging - la recherche de nourriture, fourrage, fourrager

routed - acheminé, chemin, itinéraire

pickled - mariné, marinade(s)

bunch - bunch, groupe, bouquet, botte, grappe, bande, peloton, tas

With these I came on deck, put down my own stock behind the rudder head and well out of the coxswain's reach, went forward to the water-breaker, and had a good deep drink of water, and then, and not till then, gave Hands the brandy.

stock - stock, provision, stockage

He must have drunk a gill before he took the bottle from his mouth.

gill - branchies, branchie

"Aye," said he, "by thunder, but I wanted some o'that!"

I had sat down already in my own corner and begun to eat.

"Much hurt?" I asked him.

He grunted, or rather, I might say, he barked.

grunted - grogné, grognement, bidasse, troufion, grogner

barked - aboyé, aboiement

"If that doctor was aboard," he said, "I'd be right enough in a couple of turns, but I don't have no manner of luck, you see, and that's what's the matter with me. As for that swab, he's good and dead, he is," he added, indicating the man with the red cap. "He warn't no seaman anyhow. And where mought you have come from?"

indicating - indiquant, indiquer, signaler

"Well," said I, "I've come aboard to take possession of this ship, Mr. Hands; and you'll please regard me as your captain until further notice."

He looked at me sourly enough but said nothing. Some of the colour had come back into his cheeks, though he still looked very sick and still continued to slip out and settle down as the ship banged about.

sourly - avec aigreur

"By the by," I continued, "I can't have these colours, Mr. Hands; and by your leave, I'll strike 'em. Better none than these."

And again dodging the boom, I ran to the colour lines, handed down their cursed black flag, and chucked it overboard.

chucked - jeté, balancer

"God save the king!" said I, waving my cap. "And there's an end to Captain Silver!"

He watched me keenly and slyly, his chin all the while on his breast.

keenly - vivement

slyly - sournoisement

"I reckon," he said at last, "I reckon, Cap'n Hawkins, you'll kind of want to get ashore now. S'pose we talks."

pose - poser, posez, posent, posons

"Why, yes," says I, "with all my heart, Mr. Hands. Say on." And I went back to my meal with a good appetite.

appetite - l'appétit, appétit

"This man," he began, nodding feebly at the corpse "-O'Brien were his name, a rank Irelander-this man and me got the canvas on her, meaning for to sail her back. Well, he's dead now, he is-as dead as bilge; and who's to sail this ship, I don't see. Without I gives you a hint, you ain't that man, as far's I can tell.

feebly - faiblement

corpse - cadavre, corps, corps sans vie

Irelander - Irlandais

hint - indice, indication, soupçon, faire allusion

Now, look here, you gives me food and drink and a old scarf or ankecher to tie my wound up, you do, and I'll tell you how to sail her, and that's about square all round, I take it."

tie - cravate, accolage, amarrer, liaison

"I'll tell you one thing," says I: "I'm not going back to Captain Kidd's anchorage. I mean to get into North Inlet and beach her quietly there."

"To be sure you did," he cried. "Why, I ain't sich an infernal lubber after all. I can see, can't I? I've tried my fling, I have, and I've lost, and it's you has the wind of me. North Inlet? Why, I haven't no ch'ice, not I! I'd help you sail her up to Execution Dock, by thunder! So I would."

infernal - infernal

Well, as it seemed to me, there was some sense in this. We struck our bargain on the spot. In three minutes I had the Hispaniola sailing easily before the wind along the coast of Treasure Island, with good hopes of turning the northern point ere noon and beating down again as far as North Inlet before high water, when we might beach her safely and wait till the subsiding tide permitted us to land.

bargain - marché, accord, affaire, bonne affaire, marchander

Northern - nord, septentrional, boréal, bise

subsiding - s'affaisser, tomber, calmer

permitted - autorisé, permettre

Then I lashed the tiller and went below to my own chest, where I got a soft silk handkerchief of my mother's. With this, and with my aid, Hands bound up the great bleeding stab he had received in the thigh, and after he had eaten a little and had a swallow or two more of the brandy, he began to pick up visibly, sat straighter up, spoke louder and clearer, and looked in every way another man.

lashed - fouetté, cil

aid - l'aide, aider, aide, assister, secourir

stab - poignard, piquer

straighter - plus droit, droit, rectiligne, comme il faut, pur, pure, hétéro

The breeze served us admirably. We skimmed before it like a bird, the coast of the island flashing by and the view changing every minute. Soon we were past the high lands and bowling beside low, sandy country, sparsely dotted with dwarf pines, and soon we were beyond that again and had turned the corner of the rocky hill that ends the island on the north.

admirably - admirablement

skimmed - écrémé, dépasser doucement, effleurer, frôler, raser, faire

bowling - le bowling, bowling, (bowl) le bowling

sparsely - de façon éparse

dwarf - nain, naine

Rocky - rocheux, rocheuxse

I was greatly elated with my new command, and pleased with the bright, sunshiny weather and these different prospects of the coast. I had now plenty of water and good things to eat, and my conscience, which had smitten me hard for my desertion, was quieted by the great conquest I had made.

sunshiny - ensoleillé

smitten - amoureux, frapper

conquest - conquete, conquete

I should, I think, have had nothing left me to desire but for the eyes of the coxswain as they followed me derisively about the deck and the odd smile that appeared continually on his face.

It was a smile that had in it something both of pain and weakness-a haggard old man's smile; but there was, besides that, a grain of derision, a shadow of treachery, in his expression as he craftily watched, and watched, and watched me at my work.

haggard - hagard, émacié

grain - céréales, grain, graine

Derision - dérision

craftily - de maniere astucieuse

Chapter 26. Israel Hands

THE wind, serving us to a desire, now hauled into the west. We could run so much the easier from the north-east corner of the island to the mouth of the North Inlet. Only, as we had no power to anchor and dared not beach her till the tide had flowed a good deal farther, time hung on our hands.

serving - servir, portion, (serve), service, signifier, purger

The coxswain told me how to lay the ship to; after a good many trials I succeeded, and we both sat in silence over another meal.

trials - des essais, proces

"Cap'n," said he at length with that same uncomfortable smile, "here's my old shipmate, O'Brien; s'pose you was to heave him overboard. I ain't partic'lar as a rule, and I don't take no blame for settling his hash, but I don't reckon him ornamental now, do you?"

uncomfortable - inconfortable

partic - partic

lar - Lar

blame - blâme, gronder, blâment, blâmons, blâmez, blâmer

settling - la décantation, sédimentation

hash - hachage, diese, croisillon

ornamental - ornemental, ornementale

"I'm not strong enough, and I don't like the job; and there he lies, for me," said I.

"This here's an unlucky ship, this Hispaniola, Jim," he went on, blinking. "There's a power of men been killed in this Hispaniola-a sight o'poor seamen dead and gone since you and me took ship to Bristol. I never seen sich dirty luck, not I. There was this here O'Brien now-he's dead, ain't he?

unlucky - malchanceux, poissard

blinking - clignotant, ciller, cligner des yeux, clignoter

Well now, I'm no scholar, and you're a lad as can read and figure, and to put it straight, do you take it as a dead man is dead for good, or do he come alive again?"

scholar - étudiant, expert, savant, érudit

"You can kill the body, Mr. Hands, but not the spirit; you must know that already," I replied. "O'Brien there is in another world, and may be watching us."

"Ah!" says he. "Well, that's unfort'nate-appears as if killing parties was a waste of time. Howsomever, sperrits don't reckon for much, by what I've seen. I'll chance it with the sperrits, Jim. And now, you've spoke up free, and I'll take it kind if you'd step down into that there cabin and get me a-well, a-shiver my timbers!

unfort - sans confort

killing - tuer, meurtre, (kill) tuer

waste - déchets, pelée, gaspiller, gâcher

I can't hit the name on 't; well, you get me a bottle of wine, Jim-this here brandy's too strong for my head."

Now, the coxswain's hesitation seemed to be unnatural, and as for the notion of his preferring wine to brandy, I entirely disbelieved it. The whole story was a pretext. He wanted me to leave the deck-so much was plain; but with what purpose I could in no way imagine.

unnatural - contre nature

disbelieved - incrédules, croire

pretext - prétexte

His eyes never met mine; they kept wandering to and fro, up and down, now with a look to the sky, now with a flitting glance upon the dead O'Brien. All the time he kept smiling and putting his tongue out in the most guilty, embarrassed manner, so that a child could have told that he was bent on some deception.

flitting - flottement, (flit), voltiger, voleter, papillonner, virevolter

embarrassed - embarrassé, embarrasser, gener

bent on - Etre déterminé a

deception - supercherie, tromperie

I was prompt with my answer, however, for I saw where my advantage lay and that with a fellow so densely stupid I could easily conceal my suspicions to the end.

prompt - rapide, ponctuel, indicateur, invite de commande, inciter

densely - densément

"Some wine?" I said. "Far better. Will you have white or red?"

"Well, I reckon it's about the blessed same to me, shipmate," he replied; "so it's strong, and plenty of it, What's the odds?"

What's the odds? - Quelles sont les chances ?

"All right," I answered. "I'll bring you port, Mr. Hands. But I'll have to dig for it."

With that I scuttled down the companion with all the noise I could, slipped off my shoes, ran quietly along the sparred gallery, mounted the forecastle ladder, and popped my head out of the fore companion. I knew he would not expect to see me there, yet I took every precaution possible, and certainly the worst of my suspicions proved too true.

scuttled - sabordé, courir précipitament

slipped off - a glissé

precaution - précaution

He had risen from his position to his hands and knees, and though his leg obviously hurt him pretty sharply when he moved-for I could hear him stifle a groan-yet it was at a good, rattling rate that he trailed himself across the deck. In half a minute he had reached the port scuppers and picked, out of a coil of rope, a long knife, or rather a short dirk, discoloured to the hilt with blood.

Obviously - clairement, évidemment

stifle - étouffer

trailed - suivi, pister, suivre, traîner, piste, traces-p, sentier

discoloured - décoloré, (se) décolorer

He looked upon it for a moment, thrusting forth his under jaw, tried the point upon his hand, and then, hastily concealing it in the bosom of his jacket, trundled back again into his old place against the bulwark.

thrusting - poussée, (thrust), estocade, propulser

hastily - hâtivement, précipitamment, a la hâte

concealing - dissimuler, cacher

bosom - poitrine, sein, intime

This was all that I required to know. Israel could move about, he was now armed, and if he had been at so much trouble to get rid of me, it was plain that I was meant to be the victim.

victim - victime

What he would do afterwards-whether he would try to crawl right across the island from North Inlet to the camp among the swamps or whether he would fire Long Tom, trusting that his own comrades might come first to help him-was, of course, more than I could say.

trusting - la confiance, confiance, trust, faire confiance

Yet I felt sure that I could trust him in one point, since in that our interests jumped together, and that was in the disposition of the schooner.

We both desired to have her stranded safe enough, in a sheltered place, and so that, when the time came, she could be got off again with as little labour and danger as might be; and until that was done I considered that my life would certainly be spared.

desired - souhaitée, désirer, désir

stranded - en panne, etre échoué

sheltered - a l'abri, abri, refuge, abriter

considered - envisagée, considérer, examiner, réfléchir, songer

be spared - etre épargnée

While I was thus turning the business over in my mind, I had not been idle with my body. I had stolen back to the cabin, slipped once more into my shoes, and laid my hand at random on a bottle of wine, and now, with this for an excuse, I made my reappearance on the deck.

stolen - volé, voler, vol

reappearance - réapparition

Hands lay as I had left him, all fallen together in a bundle and with his eyelids lowered as though he were too weak to bear the light. He looked up, however, at my coming, knocked the neck off the bottle like a man who had done the same thing often, and took a good swig, with his favourite toast of "Here's luck!

eyelids - paupieres, paupiere

lowered - abaissé, (s')assombrir

swig - boire une gorgée, lamper, lampée

" Then he lay quiet for a little, and then, pulling out a stick of tobacco, begged me to cut him a quid.

pulling out - se retirer

"Cut me a junk o'that," says he, "for I haven't no knife and hardly strength enough, so be as I had. Ah, Jim, Jim, I reckon I've missed stays! Cut me a quid, as'll likely be the last, lad, for I'm for my long home, and no mistake."

junk - de la camelote, bric-a-brac

"Well," said I, "I'll cut you some tobacco, but if I was you and thought myself so badly, I would go to my prayers like a Christian man."

"Why?" said he. "Now, you tell me why."

"Why?" I cried. "You were asking me just now about the dead. You've broken your trust; you've lived in sin and lies and blood; there's a man you killed lying at your feet this moment, and you ask me why! For God's mercy, Mr. Hands, that's why."

sin - péché, mal

mercy - la pitié, miséricorde, pitié

I spoke with a little heat, thinking of the bloody dirk he had hidden in his pocket and designed, in his ill thoughts, to end me with. He, for his part, took a great draught of the wine and spoke with the most unusual solemnity.

bloody - sanglante

most unusual - le plus inhabituel

solemnity - solennité

"For thirty years," he said, "I've sailed the seas and seen good and bad, better and worse, fair weather and foul, provisions running out, knives going, and what not. Well, now I tell you, I never seen good come o'goodness yet. Him as strikes first is my fancy; dead men don't bite; them's my views-amen, so be it.

foul - la faute, infâme

knives - couteaux, couteau

goodness - la bonté, bonté, bonté divine, corbleu, crebleu, jarnibleu

strikes - greves, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre

views - vues, vue, q

And now, you look here," he added, suddenly changing his tone, "we've had about enough of this foolery. The tide's made good enough by now. You just take my orders, Cap'n Hawkins, and we'll sail slap in and be done with it."

foolery - la betise, folie

All told, we had scarce two miles to run; but the navigation was delicate, the entrance to this northern anchorage was not only narrow and shoal, but lay east and west, so that the schooner must be nicely handled to be got in.

navigation - navigation

delicate - délicate, délicat, délicat (1, 2)

entrance - entrée, cochere

shoal - banc (de poissons)

handled - manipulé, anse, poignée, manche

I think I was a good, prompt subaltern, and I am very sure that Hands was an excellent pilot, for we went about and about and dodged in, shaving the banks, with a certainty and a neatness that were a pleasure to behold.

subaltern - subalterne

pilot - pilote, programme pilote

dodged - esquivé, éviter, contourner, esquiver, éluder

certainty - certitude

neatness - la propreté, netteté

Scarcely had we passed the heads before the land closed around us. The shores of North Inlet were as thickly wooded as those of the southern anchorage, but the space was longer and narrower and more like, what in truth it was, the estuary of a river. Right before us, at the southern end, we saw the wreck of a ship in the last stages of dilapidation.

thickly - épais, épaissement

wooded - boisé, (de) bois

southern - méridionale, méridional, sud, austral, sudiste

narrower - plus étroite, étroit

in truth - en vérité

estuary - l'estuaire, estuaire

wreck - épave, carcasse, accident, bousiller, ruiner

stages - étapes, étape, phase, scene, caleche, platine, mettre en scene

dilapidation - la vétusté, délabrement, checkdilapidation, checkdétournement

It had been a great vessel of three masts but had lain so long exposed to the injuries of the weather that it was hung about with great webs of dripping seaweed, and on the deck of it shore bushes had taken root and now flourished thick with flowers. It was a sad sight, but it showed us that the anchorage was calm.

masts - mâts, mât

injuries - blessures, blessure

hung about - traîner

webs - les toiles, réseau, panier, poche, âme, âme (de rail), palmure

seaweed - des algues, algues

root - racine, enraciner, enracinez, enracinons, enracinent, rave

"Now," said Hands, "look there; there's a pet bit for to beach a ship in. Fine flat sand, never a cat's paw, trees all around of it, and flowers a-blowing like a garding on that old ship."

look there - regarde la

pet - animal de compagnie, dorloter, choyer

paw - patte, pied

"And once beached," I inquired, "how shall we get her off again?"

"Why, so," he replied: "you take a line ashore there on the other side at low water, take a turn about one of them big pines; bring it back, take a turn around the capstan, and lie to for the tide. Come high water, all hands take a pull upon the line, and off she comes as sweet as natur'. And now, boy, you stand by. We're near the bit now, and she's too much way on her.

turn about - faire demi-tour

Starboard a little-so-steady-starboard-larboard a little-steady-steady!"

starboard - a tribord, tribord

larboard - a tribord

So he issued his commands, which I breathlessly obeyed, till, all of a sudden, he cried, "Now, my hearty, luff!" And I put the helm hard up, and the Hispaniola swung round rapidly and ran stem on for the low, wooded shore.

breathlessly - a bout de souffle

The excitement of these last manoeuvres had somewhat interfered with the watch I had kept hitherto, sharply enough, upon the coxswain. Even then I was still so much interested, waiting for the ship to touch, that I had quite forgot the peril that hung over my head and stood craning over the starboard bulwarks and watching the ripples spreading wide before the bows.

manoeuvres - manouvres, manouvre

hitherto - jusqu'a présent, jusqu'ici, jusqu'alors, jusqu'a maintenant

peril - péril, risque

craning - grue

I might have fallen without a struggle for my life had not a sudden disquietude seized upon me and made me turn my head. Perhaps I had heard a creak or seen his shadow moving with the tail of my eye; perhaps it was an instinct like a cat's; but, sure enough, when I looked round, there was Hands, already half-way towards me, with the dirk in his right hand.

Struggle - lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre

disquietude - inquiétude, angoisse, affres, anxiété, stress

creak - grincement, craquement, craquer

tail - queue

We must both have cried out aloud when our eyes met, but while mine was the shrill cry of terror, his was a roar of fury like a charging bully's. At the same instant, he threw himself forward and I leapt sideways towards the bows.

charging - charge, frais-p, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation

bully - Brute

leapt - a fait un bond

As I did so, I let go of the tiller, which sprang sharp to leeward, and I think this saved my life, for it struck Hands across the chest and stopped him, for the moment, dead.

saved - sauvée, sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger

Before he could recover, I was safe out of the corner where he had me trapped, with all the deck to dodge about. Just forward of the main-mast I stopped, drew a pistol from my pocket, took a cool aim, though he had already turned and was once more coming directly after me, and drew the trigger. The hammer fell, but there followed neither flash nor sound; the priming was useless with sea-water.

trapped - piégé, piege

trigger - détente, gâchette, actionneur, activateur, gâchette (1)

hammer - marteau, chien, malléus, marteler, (ham)

I cursed myself for my neglect. Why had not I, long before, reprimed and reloaded my only weapons? Then I should not have been as now, a mere fleeing sheep before this butcher.

neglect - négliger, négligence

weapons - des armes, arme

fleeing - s'enfuir, prendre la fuite, fuir, échapper

butcher - boucher, charcutier, abattre, (butch), hommasse

Wounded as he was, it was wonderful how fast he could move, his grizzled hair tumbling over his face, and his face itself as red as a red ensign with his haste and fury. I had no time to try my other pistol, nor indeed much inclination, for I was sure it would be useless.

ensign - enseigne, aspirant, pavillon

inclination - inclinaison, checktendance

One thing I saw plainly: I must not simply retreat before him, or he would speedily hold me boxed into the bows, as a moment since he had so nearly boxed me in the stern. Once so caught, and nine or ten inches of the blood-stained dirk would be my last experience on this side of eternity.

Simply - tout simplement, simplement

inches - pouces, pouce

Experience - expérience, éprouver, vivre

eternity - l'éternité, éternité

I placed my palms against the main-mast, which was of a goodish bigness, and waited, every nerve upon the stretch.

palms - des palmiers, paume

nerve - nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran

Seeing that I meant to dodge, he also paused; and a moment or two passed in feints on his part and corresponding movements upon mine. It was such a game as I had often played at home about the rocks of Black Hill Cove, but never before, you may be sure, with such a wildly beating heart as now.

corresponding - correspondant, correspondre (...a qqchose)

movements - mouvements, mouvement

wildly - sauvage, sauvagement

Still, as I say, it was a boy's game, and I thought I could hold my own at it against an elderly seaman with a wounded thigh. Indeed my courage had begun to rise so high that I allowed myself a few darting thoughts on what would be the end of the affair, and while I saw certainly that I could spin it out for long, I saw no hope of any ultimate escape.

elderly - personnes âgées, vieux, ancien, âgé

darting - darting, dard, fleche

spin - l'essorage, tournoyer, (faire) tourner

ultimate - dernier, ultime

Well, while things stood thus, suddenly the Hispaniola struck, staggered, ground for an instant in the sand, and then, swift as a blow, canted over to the port side till the deck stood at an angle of forty-five degrees and about a puncheon of water splashed into the scupper holes and lay, in a pool, between the deck and bulwark.

staggered - en décalé, tituber

canted - incliné, langage hypocrite

splashed - éclaboussé, plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser, asperger

scupper - dalot

holes - trous, trou

We were both of us capsized in a second, and both of us rolled, almost together, into the scuppers, the dead red-cap, with his arms still spread out, tumbling stiffly after us. So near were we, indeed, that my head came against the coxswain's foot with a crack that made my teeth rattle. Blow and all, I was the first afoot again, for Hands had got involved with the dead body.

capsized - chaviré, chavirer, faire chavirer

stiffly - avec raideur, rigidement

Involved - impliqué, nécessiter, impliquer

The sudden canting of the ship had made the deck no place for running on; I had to find some new way of escape, and that upon the instant, for my foe was almost touching me. Quick as thought, I sprang into the mizzen shrouds, rattled up hand over hand, and did not draw a breath till I was seated on the cross-trees.

foe - ennemi, ennemi/-ie

shrouds - les haubans, linceul

rattled - secouée, (faire) cliqueter

I had been saved by being prompt; the dirk had struck not half a foot below me as I pursued my upward flight; and there stood Israel Hands with his mouth open and his face upturned to mine, a perfect statue of surprise and disappointment.

upward - a la hausse

Now that I had a moment to myself, I lost no time in changing the priming of my pistol, and then, having one ready for service, and to make assurance doubly sure, I proceeded to draw the load of the other and recharge it afresh from the beginning.

assurance - l'assurance, assurance, culot

doubly - doublement

recharge - recharge, recharger

afresh - nouveau, a nouveau

My new employment struck Hands all of a heap; he began to see the dice going against him, and after an obvious hesitation, he also hauled himself heavily into the shrouds, and with the dirk in his teeth, began slowly and painfully to mount.

employment - l'emploi, emploi, travail

heap - tas, pile, monceau

painfully - douloureusement

It cost him no end of time and groans to haul his wounded leg behind him, and I had quietly finished my arrangements before he was much more than a third of the way up. Then, with a pistol in either hand, I addressed him.

"One more step, Mr. Hands," said I, "and I'll blow your brains out! Dead men don't bite, you know," I added with a chuckle.

brains - cerveau, qualifierejorative or when used as food

chuckle - glousser

He stopped instantly. I could see by the working of his face that he was trying to think, and the process was so slow and laborious that, in my new-found security, I laughed aloud. At last, with a swallow or two, he spoke, his face still wearing the same expression of extreme perplexity. In order to speak he had to take the dagger from his mouth, but in all else he remained unmoved.

laborious - laborieux

perplexity - perplexité

dagger - poignard, surin

unmoved - indifférent, insensible

"Jim," says he, "I reckon we're fouled, you and me, and we'll have to sign articles. I'd have had you but for that there lurch, but I don't have no luck, not I; and I reckon I'll have to strike, which comes hard, you see, for a master mariner to a ship's younker like you, Jim."

younker - younker

I was drinking in his words and smiling away, as conceited as a cock upon a wall, when, all in a breath, back went his right hand over his shoulder. Something sang like an arrow through the air; I felt a blow and then a sharp pang, and there I was pinned by the shoulder to the mast.

conceited - prétentieux, vanité, orgueil, concept

cock - bite, coq

pang - pang, douleur (soudaine)

pinned - épinglé, épingle

In the horrid pain and surprise of the moment-I scarce can say it was by my own volition, and I am sure it was without a conscious aim-both my pistols went off, and both escaped out of my hands. They did not fall alone; with a choked cry, the coxswain loosed his grasp upon the shrouds and plunged head first into the water.

volition - volition, volonté, énergie

conscious - conscient

escaped - s'est échappé, échapper, s'échapper, éviter, tirer

choked - étouffé, suffoquer, étouffer

loosed - desserré, ample

head first - la tete la premiere

Chapter 27. "Pieces of Eight"

owing to the cant of the vessel, the masts hung far out over the water, and from my perch on the cross-trees I had nothing below me but the surface of the bay. Hands, who was not so far up, was in consequence nearer to the ship and fell between me and the bulwarks. He rose once to the surface in a lather of foam and blood and then sank again for good.

owing to - en raison de

cant - cant, langage hypocrite

perch - perche, perchoir

bay - baie

lather - mousse

As the water settled, I could see him lying huddled together on the clean, bright sand in the shadow of the vessel's sides. A fish or two whipped past his body. Sometimes, by the quivering of the water, he appeared to move a little, as if he were trying to rise.

huddled - blottis, foule dense et désordonnée, se blottir

quivering - tremblant, frémir

But he was dead enough, for all that, being both shot and drowned, and was food for fish in the very place where he had designed my slaughter.

drowned - noyé, noyer

slaughter - l'abattage, abattage, carnage, tuerie, massacre, massacrer

I was no sooner certain of this than I began to feel sick, faint, and terrified. The hot blood was running over my back and chest.

running over - en cours d'exécution

The dirk, where it had pinned my shoulder to the mast, seemed to burn like a hot iron; yet it was not so much these real sufferings that distressed me, for these, it seemed to me, I could bear without a murmur; it was the horror I had upon my mind of falling from the cross-trees into that still green water, beside the body of the coxswain.

sufferings - souffrances, souffrance, douleur

murmur - murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer

I clung with both hands till my nails ached, and I shut my eyes as if to cover up the peril. Gradually my mind came back again, my pulses quieted down to a more natural time, and I was once more in possession of myself.

ached - a souffert, douleur

cover up - couvrir

pulses - impulsions, pouls

more natural - plus naturel

It was my first thought to pluck forth the dirk, but either it stuck too hard or my nerve failed me, and I desisted with a violent shudder. oddly enough, that very shudder did the business. The knife, in fact, had come the nearest in the world to missing me altogether; it held me by a mere pinch of skin, and this the shudder tore away.

failed - a échoué, échouer (a)

oddly enough - bizarrement

The blood ran down the faster, to be sure, but I was my own master again and only tacked to the mast by my coat and shirt.

tacked - plaqué, punaise

These last I broke through with a sudden jerk, and then regained the deck by the starboard shrouds. For nothing in the world would I have again ventured, shaken as I was, upon the overhanging port shrouds from which Israel had so lately fallen.

broke through - Franchir

jerk - con, par secousse, soubresaut

overhanging - en surplomb, surplomber, surplomb

lately - dernierement

I went below and did what I could for my wound; it pained me a good deal and still bled freely, but it was neither deep nor dangerous, nor did it greatly gall me when I used my arm. Then I looked around me, and as the ship was now, in a sense, my own, I began to think of clearing it from its last passenger-the dead man, O'Brien.

pained - douloureux, douleur

bled - bled, saigner, purger, prélever, fond perdu

freely - librement

gall - le fiel, fiel, bile

passenger - passager

He had pitched, as I have said, against the bulwarks, where he lay like some horrible, ungainly sort of puppet, life-size, indeed, but how different from life's colour or life's comeliness!

ungainly - disgracieux, gauche

puppet - marionnette

size - taille, ampleur, pointure

comeliness - l'agrément

In that position I could easily have my way with him, and as the habit of tragical adventures had worn off almost all my terror for the dead, I took him by the waist as if he had been a sack of bran and with one good heave, tumbled him overboard.

habit - habitude, configuration

tragical - tragique

sack - sac, ficher, résilier

bran - son

He went in with a sounding plunge; the red cap came off and remained floating on the surface; and as soon as the splash subsided, I could see him and Israel lying side by side, both wavering with the tremulous movement of the water. O'Brien, though still quite a young man, was very bald.

floating - flottant, (float), flotter, flotteur, taloche, char

tremulous - tremblant

bald - chauve, lisse

There he lay, with that bald head across the knees of the man who had killed him and the quick fishes steering to and fro over both.

bald head - tete chauve

I was now alone upon the ship; the tide had just turned. The sun was within so few degrees of setting that already the shadow of the pines upon the western shore began to reach right across the anchorage and fall in patterns on the deck.

Western - occidentale, occidental, western

patterns - des modeles, modele, motif, régularité, tendance, schéma, patron

The evening breeze had sprung up, and though it was well warded off by the hill with the two peaks upon the east, the cordage had begun to sing a little softly to itself and the idle sails to rattle to and fro.

warded - gardé, salle

cordage - cordage

I began to see a danger to the ship. The jibs I speedily doused and brought tumbling to the deck, but the main-sail was a harder matter. Of course, when the schooner canted over, the boom had swung out-board, and the cap of it and a foot or two of sail hung even under water. I thought this made it still more dangerous; yet the strain was so heavy that I half feared to meddle.

more dangerous - plus dangereux

meddle - s'immiscer, s'ingérer, se meler

At last I got my knife and cut the halyards. The peak dropped instantly, a great belly of loose canvas floated broad upon the water, and since, pull as I liked, I could not budge the downhall, that was the extent of what I could accomplish. For the rest, the Hispaniola must trust to luck, like myself.

halyards - les drisses, drisse

belly - ventre

extent - mesure, étendue

accomplish - accomplir

By this time the whole anchorage had fallen into shadow-the last rays, I remember, falling through a glade of the wood and shining bright as jewels on the flowery mantle of the wreck. It began to be chill; the tide was rapidly fleeting seaward, the schooner settling more and more on her beam-ends.

glade - clairiere, clairiere

jewels - bijoux, joyau, bijou, pierre d'horlogerie, rubis

flowery - fleuri

mantle - manteau, les renes, manchon

fleeting - éphémere, flotte

beam - madrier, poutre, merrain, perche, limon, timon, age, faisceau

I scrambled forward and looked over. It seemed shallow enough, and holding the cut hawser in both hands for a last security, I let myself drop softly overboard. The water scarcely reached my waist; the sand was firm and covered with ripple marks, and I waded ashore in great spirits, leaving the Hispaniola on her side, with her main-sail trailing wide upon the surface of the bay.

scrambled - brouillés, ruer

shallow - superficielle, peu profond, superficiel, haut-fond, baisse

About the same time, the sun went fairly down and the breeze whistled low in the dusk among the tossing pines.

At least, and at last, I was off the sea, nor had I returned thence empty-handed. There lay the schooner, clear at last from buccaneers and ready for our own men to board and get to sea again. I had nothing nearer my fancy than to get home to the stockade and boast of my achievements.

thence - d'ou, des lors

boast - se vanter, vantent, vantez, vantons, fanfaronner, vanter

achievements - les réalisations, réalisation, accomplissement, haut fait

Possibly I might be blamed a bit for my truantry, but the recapture of the Hispaniola was a clenching answer, and I hoped that even Captain Smollett would confess I had not lost my time.

recapture - recapture, capturer encore, capturer de nouveau, recapturer

clenching - la crispation, serrer, prise (en main) ferme, poigne ferme

So thinking, and in famous spirits, I began to set my face homeward for the block house and my companions. I remembered that the most easterly of the rivers which drain into Captain Kidd's anchorage ran from the two-peaked hill upon my left, and I bent my course in that direction that I might pass the stream while it was small.

homeward - en direction de la maison

easterly - vers l'est

peaked - en crete, pic

The wood was pretty open, and keeping along the lower spurs, I had soon turned the corner of that hill, and not long after waded to the mid-calf across the watercourse.

spurs - les éperons, éperon

mid - moyenne, mi-, au milieu de, en plein

watercourse - cours d'eau, cours

This brought me near to where I had encountered Ben Gunn, the maroon; and I walked more circumspectly, keeping an eye on every side. The dusk had come nigh hand completely, and as I opened out the cleft between the two peaks, I became aware of a wavering glow against the sky, where, as I judged, the man of the island was cooking his supper before a roaring fire.

encountered - rencontré, rencontrer, rencontre

maroon - marron, bordeaux

circumspectly - avec circonspection

cleft - fente, crevassé

aware - conscient, attentif, vigilant, en éveil, en alerte

And yet I wondered, in my heart, that he should show himself so careless. For if I could see this radiance, might it not reach the eyes of Silver himself where he camped upon the shore among the marshes?

careless - négligent, étourdi, distrait

Gradually the night fell blacker; it was all I could do to guide myself even roughly towards my destination; the double hill behind me and the Spy-glass on my right hand loomed faint and fainter; the stars were few and pale; and in the low ground where I wandered I kept tripping among bushes and rolling into sandy pits.

Guide - guide, conduire, guider, guident, diriger, guidez, mener

destination - destination, destinée, arrivée

fainter - plus faible, (faint) plus faible

pits - fosses, fosse

Suddenly a kind of brightness fell about me. I looked up; a pale glimmer of moonbeams had alighted on the summit of the Spy-glass, and soon after I saw something broad and silvery moving low down behind the trees, and knew the moon had risen.

alighted - descendus, descendre (de)

silvery - argenté, argentin

With this to help me, I passed rapidly over what remained to me of my journey, and sometimes walking, sometimes running, impatiently drew near to the stockade. Yet, as I began to thread the grove that lies before it, I was not so thoughtless but that I slacked my pace and went a trifle warily. It would have been a poor end of my adventures to get shot down by my own party in mistake.

impatiently - avec impatience

thoughtless - inattentionné, irréfléchi

slacked - s'est relâché, lâche

The moon was climbing higher and higher, its light began to fall here and there in masses through the more open districts of the wood, and right in front of me a glow of a different colour appeared among the trees. It was red and hot, and now and again it was a little darkened-as it were, the embers of a bonfire smouldering.

masses - masses, Masse, Massé

districts - districts, district, fr

darkened - assombri, obscurcir, assombrir, foncer

bonfire - feu de joie, bucher

smouldering - couvant, (smoulder) couvant

For the life of me I could not think what it might be.

At last I came right down upon the borders of the clearing. The western end was already steeped in moonshine; the rest, and the block house itself, still lay in a black shadow chequered with long silvery streaks of light. On the other side of the house an immense fire had burned itself into clear embers and shed a steady, red reverberation, contrasted strongly with the mellow paleness of the moon.

steeped - trempé, escarpé, raide

Moonshine - l'alcool de contrebande, alcool de contrebande

shed - hangar, verser, stand, kiosque, échoppe

reverberation - la réverbération, contrecoup, echo, réflexion, répercussion

strongly - fort, fortement

mellow - moelleux

paleness - pâleur

There was not a soul stirring nor a sound beside the noises of the breeze.

I stopped, with much wonder in my heart, and perhaps a little terror also. It had not been our way to build great fires; we were, indeed, by the captain's orders, somewhat niggardly of firewood, and I began to fear that something had gone wrong while I was absent.

niggardly - nigaud, avare, pingre, mesquin

gone wrong - a mal tourné

absent - absente, absent

I stole round by the eastern end, keeping close in shadow, and at a convenient place, where the darkness was thickest, crossed the palisade.

Convenient - pratique, commode

To make assurance surer, I got upon my hands and knees and crawled, without a sound, towards the corner of the house. As I drew nearer, my heart was suddenly and greatly lightened. It is not a pleasant noise in itself, and I have often complained of it at other times, but just then it was like music to hear my friends snoring together so loud and peaceful in their sleep.

snoring - ronflement, (snore), ronfler

peaceful - paisible

The sea-cry of the watch, that beautiful "All's well," never fell more reassuringly on my ear.

reassuringly - rassurant

In the meantime, there was no doubt of one thing; they kept an infamous bad watch. If it had been Silver and his lads that were now creeping in on them, not a soul would have seen daybreak. That was what it was, thought I, to have the captain wounded; and again I blamed myself sharply for leaving them in that danger with so few to mount guard.

infamous - infâme

creeping in - qui s'insinue

daybreak - l'aube, point du jour

By this time I had got to the door and stood up. All was dark within, so that I could distinguish nothing by the eye. As for sounds, there was the steady drone of the snorers and a small occasional noise, a flickering or pecking that I could in no way account for.

distinguish - distinguer

drone - drone, faux-bourdon

snorers - ronfleurs, ronfleur, ronfleuse

flickering - clignotement, vaciller

pecking - picorer, (pec) picorer

With my arms before me I walked steadily in. I should lie down in my own place (I thought with a silent chuckle) and enjoy their faces when they found me in the morning.

My foot struck something yielding-it was a sleeper's leg; and he turned and groaned, but without awaking.

sleeper - wagon lit, dormant

awaking - le réveil, (awake) le réveil

And then, all of a sudden, a shrill voice broke forth out of the darkness:

"Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!" and so forth, without pause or change, like the clacking of a tiny mill.

tiny - minuscule

Mill - moulin, bahut, moulons, mouds, moulez, moulent

Silver's green parrot, Captain Flint! It was she whom I had heard pecking at a piece of bark; it was she, keeping better watch than any human being, who thus announced my arrival with her wearisome refrain.

bark - l'écorce, écorce, coque, aboyer

announced - annoncée, annoncer

refrain - refrain

I had no time left me to recover. At the sharp, clipping tone of the parrot, the sleepers awoke and sprang up; and with a mighty oath, the voice of Silver cried, "Who goes?"

clipping - coupure, troncation, (clip) coupure

sprang up - a surgi

I turned to run, struck violently against one person, recoiled, and ran full into the arms of a second, who for his part closed upon and held me tight.

violently - violemment

recoiled - a reculé, recul, reculer

"Bring a torch, Dick," said Silver when my capture was thus assured.

torch - torche, flambeau, incendier

capture - capture, prisonnier, saisir, capturer, enregistrer, prendre

assured - assurée, assurerent, assura, assurai

And one of the men left the log-house and presently returned with a lighted brand.

brand - tison, marque, style, flétrir, marquer, graver, cataloguer

PART SIX-Captain Silver

Chapter 28. In the Enemy's Camp

THE red glare of the torch, lighting up the interior of the block house, showed me the worst of my apprehensions realized. The pirates were in possession of the house and stores: there was the cask of cognac, there were the pork and bread, as before, and what tenfold increased my horror, not a sign of any prisoner.

glare - éblouissement, éclat

lighting up - qui s'allument

realized - réalisé, réaliser, se rendre compte, prendre conscience

tenfold - décuplé, décuple, décupler

I could only judge that all had perished, and my heart smote me sorely that I had not been there to perish with them.

smote - smote, frapper

sorely - douloureusement

perish - périr

There were six of the buccaneers, all told; not another man was left alive. Five of them were on their feet, flushed and swollen, suddenly called out of the first sleep of drunkenness. The sixth had only risen upon his elbow; he was deadly pale, and the blood-stained bandage round his head told that he had recently been wounded, and still more recently dressed.

flushed - rincé, rougeur

sixth - sixieme, sixieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') six ('after the name') ('abbreviation' VI)

recently - dernierement, récemment, ces derniers temps

I remembered the man who had been shot and had run back among the woods in the great attack, and doubted not that this was he.

doubted - douté, douter, doute

The parrot sat, preening her plumage, on Long John's shoulder. He himself, I thought, looked somewhat paler and more stern than I was used to. He still wore the fine broadcloth suit in which he had fulfilled his mission, but it was bitterly the worse for wear, daubed with clay and torn with the sharp briers of the wood.

preening - se prévaloir, lisser (ses plumes)

paler - plus pâle, copain/-ine

fulfilled - satisfaits, accomplir

bitterly - amerement, amerement

daubed - barbouillé, torchis, croute, barbouiller

clay - l'argile, argile, terre battue

"So," said he, "here's Jim Hawkins, shiver my timbers! dropped in, like, eh? Well, come, I take that friendly."

dropped in - déposer

eh - eh

And thereupon he sat down across the brandy cask and began to fill a pipe.

thereupon - a ce sujet, sur ce, la-dessus

"Give me a loan of the link, Dick," said he; and then, when he had a good light, "That'll do, lad," he added; "stick the glim in the wood heap; and you, gentlemen, bring yourselves to! You needn't stand up for Mr. Hawkins; he'll excuse you, you may lay to that. And so, Jim"-stopping the tobacco-"here you were, and quite a pleasant surprise for poor old John.

loan - pret, crédit, preter, emprunt, emprunter

link - lien, liaison

I see you were smart when first I set my eyes on you, but this here gets away from me clean, it do."

gets away - s'enfuit

To all this, as may be well supposed, I made no answer. They had set me with my back against the wall, and I stood there, looking Silver in the face, pluckily enough, I hope, to all outward appearance, but with black despair in my heart.

pluckily - de maniere énergique

outward appearance - l'apparence extérieure

black despair - le désespoir noir

Silver took a whiff or two of his pipe with great composure and then ran on again.

composure - le sang-froid, calme, quiétude

"Now, you see, Jim, so be as you are here," says he, "I'll give you a piece of my mind. I've always liked you, I have, for a lad of spirit, and the picter of my own self when I was young and handsome. I always wanted you to jine and take your share, and die a gentleman, and now, my cock, you've got to. Cap'n Smollett's a fine seaman, as I'll own up to any day, but stiff on discipline.

liked you - Je t'aimais bien

picter - picter

'Dooty is dooty,'says he, and right he is. Just you keep clear of the cap'n. The doctor himself is gone dead again you-'ungrateful scamp'was what he said; and the short and the long of the whole story is about here: you can't go back to your own lot, for they won't have you; and without you start a third ship's company all by yourself, which might be lonely, you'll have to jine with Cap'n Silver.

ungrateful - ingrat

scamp - scamp


So far so good. My friends, then, were still alive, and though I partly believed the truth of Silver's statement, that the cabin party were incensed at me for my desertion, I was more relieved than distressed by what I heard.

incensed - courroucé, encens

"I don't say nothing as to your being in our hands," continued Silver, "though there you are, and you may lay to it. I'm all for argyment; I never seen good come out o'threatening. If you like the service, well, you'll jine; and if you don't, Jim, why, you're free to answer no-free and welcome, shipmate; and if fairer can be said by mortal seaman, shiver my sides!"

"Am I to answer, then?" I asked with a very tremulous voice. Through all this sneering talk, I was made to feel the threat of death that overhung me, and my cheeks burned and my heart beat painfully in my breast.

threat - menace

overhung - en surplomb, surplomber, surplomb

beat - battre, abats, battement, battirent, battent, abattîmes

"Lad," said Silver, "no one's a-pressing of you. Take your bearings. None of us won't hurry you, mate; time goes so pleasant in your company, you see."

pressing - pressant, (pres) pressant

"Well," says I, growing a bit bolder, "if I'm to choose, I declare I have a right to know what's what, and why you're here, and where my friends are."

"Wot's wot?" repeated one of the buccaneers in a deep growl. "Ah, he'd be a lucky one as knowed that!"

wot - quoi, (wit) quoi

growl - feulement, grognement, borborygme, gargouillement, grincement

"You'll perhaps batten down your hatches till you're spoke to, my friend," cried Silver truculently to this speaker. And then, in his first gracious tones, he replied to me, "Yesterday morning, Mr. Hawkins," said he, "in the dog-watch, down came Doctor Livesey with a flag of truce. Says he, 'Cap'n Silver, you're sold out. Ship's gone.

speaker - l'orateur, parleur, parleuse

sold out - épuisé

'Well, maybe we'd been taking a glass, and a song to help it round. I won't say no. Leastways, none of us had looked out. We looked out, and by thunder, the old ship was gone! I never seen a pack o'fools look fishier; and you may lay to that, if I tells you that looked the fishiest. 'Well,'says the doctor, 'let's bargain.

pack - pack, emballer, emballons, emballent, emballez, ballot

fishier - plus poissonneux, petit poisson, poisson

fishiest - la plus poissonneuse, petit poisson, poisson

'We bargained, him and I, and here we are: stores, brandy, block house, the firewood you was thoughtful enough to cut, and in a manner of speaking, the whole blessed boat, from cross-trees to kelson. As for them, they've tramped; I don't know where's they are."

bargained - négocié, accord, affaire, bonne affaire, marchander, s'accorder

thoughtful - réfléchie, réfléchi, attentionné

kelson - kelson

tramped - piétiné, clochard, va-nu-pieds, traînée, garce

He drew again quietly at his pipe.

"And lest you should take it into that head of yours," he went on, "that you was included in the treaty, here's the last word that was said: 'How many are you,'says I, 'to leave?''Four,'says he; 'four, and one of us wounded. As for that boy, I don't know where he is, confound him,'says he, 'nor I don't much care. We're about sick of him.'These was his words.

Treaty - traité

"Is that all?" I asked.

"Well, it's all that you're to hear, my son," returned Silver.

"And now I am to choose?"

"And now you are to choose, and you may lay to that," said Silver.

"Well," said I, "I am not such a fool but I know pretty well what I have to look for. Let the worst come to the worst, it's little I care. I've seen too many die since I fell in with you.

But there's a thing or two I have to tell you," I said, and by this time I was quite excited; "and the first is this: here you are, in a bad way-ship lost, treasure lost, men lost, your whole business gone to wreck; and if you want to know who did it-it was I!

I was in the apple barrel the night we sighted land, and I heard you, John, and you, Dick Johnson, and Hands, who is now at the bottom of the sea, and told every word you said before the hour was out. And as for the schooner, it was I who cut her cable, and it was I that killed the men you had aboard of her, and it was I who brought her where you'll never see her more, not one of you.

The laugh's on my side; I've had the top of this business from the first; I no more fear you than I fear a fly. Kill me, if you please, or Spare me. But one thing I'll say, and no more; if you spare me, bygones are bygones, and when you fellows are in court for piracy, I'll save you all I can. It is for you to choose.

Spare me - M'épargner

bygones - le passé, d'autrefois, passé, évenement passé

Court - la cour, cour, tribunal, court de tennis, court, courtiser

Kill another and do yourselves no good, or spare me and keep a witness to save you from the gallows."

witness - témoin

I stopped, for, I tell you, I was out of breath, and to my wonder, not a man of them moved, but all sat staring at me like as many sheep. And while they were still staring, I broke out again, "And now, Mr. Silver," I said, "I believe you're the best man here, and if things go to the worst, I'll take it kind of you to let the doctor know the way I took it."

"I'll bear it in mind," said Silver with an accent so curious that I could not, for the life of me, decide whether he were laughing at my request or had been favourably affected by my courage.

accent - accent, emphase, souligner, accentuer

favourably - favorablement

affected - affectée, affecter

"I'll put one to that," cried the old mahogany-faced seaman-Morgan by name-whom I had seen in Long John's public-house upon the quays of Bristol. "It was him that knowed Black Dog."

"Well, and see here," added the sea-cook. "I'll put another again to that, by thunder! For it was this same boy that faked the chart from Billy Bones. First and last, we've split upon Jim Hawkins!"

faked - truqué, faux

"Then here goes!" said Morgan with an oath.

And he sprang up, drawing his knife as if he had been twenty.

"Avast, there!" cried Silver. "Who are you, Tom Morgan? Maybe you thought you was cap'n here, perhaps. By the powers, but I'll teach you better! Cross me, and you'll go where many a good man's gone before you, first and last, these thirty year back-some to the yard-arm, shiver my timbers, and some by the board, and all to feed the fishes.

feed - l'alimentation, nourrir, alimentent, alimentez, alimentons

There's never a man looked me between the eyes and seen a good day a'terwards, Tom Morgan, you may lay to that."

Morgan paused, but a hoarse murmur rose from the others.

"Tom's right," said one.

"I stood hazing long enough from one," added another. "I'll be hanged if I'll be hazed by you, John Silver."

"Did any of you gentlemen want to have it out with me?" roared Silver, bending far forward from his position on the keg, with his pipe still glowing in his right hand. "Put a name on what you're at; you ain't dumb, I reckon. Him that wants shall get it. Have I lived this many years, and a son of a rum puncheon cock his hat athwart my hawse at the latter end of it?

bending - de flexion, flexion, (bend), courber, tordre, tourner

hawse - hawse

You know the way; you're all gentlemen o'fortune, by your account. Well, I'm ready. Take a cutlass, him that dares, and I'll see the colour of his inside, crutch and all, before that pipe's empty."

I'm ready - Je suis pret

dares - ose, oser

Not a man stirred; not a man answered.

stirred - remué, brasser, agiter

"That's your sort, is it?" he added, returning his pipe to his mouth. "Well, you're a gay lot to look at, anyway. Not much worth to fight, you ain't. P'r'aps you can understand King George's English. I'm cap'n here by 'lection. I'm cap'n here because I'm the best man by a long sea-mile. You won't fight, as gentlemen o'fortune should; then, by thunder, you'll obey, and you may lay to it!

gay - gay, gai

lection - lection

I like that boy, now; I never seen a better boy than that. He's more a man than any pair of rats of you in this here house, and what I say is this: let me see him that'll lay a hand on him-that's what I say, and you may lay to it."

There was a long pause after this. I stood straight up against the wall, my heart still going like a sledge-hammer, but with a ray of hope now shining in my bosom. Silver leant back against the wall, his arms crossed, his pipe in the corner of his mouth, as calm as though he had been in church; yet his eye kept wandering furtively, and he kept the tail of it on his unruly followers.

sledge-hammer - (sledge-hammer) Masse

ray of hope - Une lueur d'espoir

leant - leant, pencher

church - église, culte, misse

furtively - furtivement

unruly - désobéissant, incontrôlable, indiscipliné

followers - des adeptes, disciple, follower, poursuivant, fr

They, on their part, drew gradually together towards the far end of the block house, and the low hiss of their whispering sounded in my ear continuously, like a stream. One after another, they would look up, and the red light of the torch would fall for a second on their nervous faces; but it was not towards me, it was towards Silver that they turned their eyes.

hiss - sifflement, siffler

whispering - chuchotement, (whisper), chuchoter, susurrer

continuously - en continu

nervous - nerveux

"You seem to have a lot to say," remarked Silver, spitting far into the air. "Pipe up and let me hear it, or lay to."

Seem - sembler, paraître, avoir l'air

remarked - remarqué, remarque

spitting - cracher, (spit) cracher

"Ax your pardon, sir," returned one of the men; "you're pretty free with some of the rules; maybe you'll kindly keep an eye upon the rest. This crew's dissatisfied; this crew don't vally bullying a marlin-spike; this crew has its rights like other crews, I'll make so free as that; and by your own rules, I take it we can talk together.

ax - ax

dissatisfied - insatisfait, mécontenter

bullying - l'intimidation, brimeur, brute, tyran, intimider, tourmenter

marlin - marlin, makaire

spike - clou, pointe, pieu, pic, pique, épi, crampons, rench: t-needed r

I ax your pardon, sir, acknowledging you for to be captaing at this present; but I claim my right, and steps outside for a council."

acknowledging - reconnaître, accuser réception, certifier

captaing - captaing

And with an elaborate sea-salute, this fellow, a long, ill-looking, yellow-eyed man of five and thirty, stepped coolly towards the door and disappeared out of the house. One after another the rest followed his example, each making a salute as he passed, each adding some apology. "According to rules," said one. "Forecastle council," said Morgan.

elaborate - élaborer, approfondir

coolly - froidement

apology - des excuses, excuse, apologie

And so with one remark or another all marched out and left Silver and me alone with the torch.

The sea-cook instantly removed his pipe.

removed - supprimée, enlever

"Now, look you here, Jim Hawkins," he said in a steady whisper that was no more than audible, "you're within half a plank of death, and what's a long sight worse, of torture. They're going to throw me off. But, you mark, I stand by you through thick and thin. I didn't mean to; no, not till you spoke up. I was about desperate to lose that much blunt, and be hanged into the bargain.

torture - la torture, torture, torturer

throw - lancer, jetent, jetez, jetons, mise bas

But I see you was the right sort. I says to myself, you stand by Hawkins, John, and Hawkins'll stand by you. You're his last card, and by the living thunder, John, he's yours! Back to back, says I. You save your witness, and he'll save your neck!"

witness - témoignage, témoin, preuve, témoigner

I began dimly to understand.

dimly - faiblement, obscurément, vaguement, confusément

"You mean all's lost?" I asked.

"Aye, by gum, I do!" he answered. "Ship gone, neck gone-that's the size of it. Once I looked into that bay, Jim Hawkins, and seen no schooner-well, I'm tough, but I gave out. As for that lot and their council, mark me, they're outright fools and cowards. I'll save your life-if so be as I can-from them. But, see here, Jim-tit for tat-you save Long John from swinging."

gum - chewing-gum, gomme, gencive

gave out - Donner

cowards - des lâches, couard, couarde, poltron, poltronne, froussard

tit - mésange

tat - tat

I was bewildered; it seemed a thing so hopeless he was asking-he, the old buccaneer, the ringleader throughout.

hopeless - sans espoir, désespéré

"What I can do, that I'll do," I said.

"It's a bargain!" cried Long John. "You speak up plucky, and by thunder, I've a chance!"

It's a bargain - C'est une bonne affaire

plucky - courageux, qui a du cran

He hobbled to the torch, where it stood propped among the firewood, and took a fresh light to his pipe.

"Understand me, Jim," he said, returning. "I've a head on my shoulders, I have. I'm on squire's side now. I know you've got that ship safe somewheres. How you done it, I don't know, but safe it is. I guess Hands and O'Brien turned soft. I never much believed in neither of them. Now you mark me. I ask no questions, nor I won't let others.

somewheres - quelque part

I know when a game's up, I do; and I know a lad that's staunch. Ah, you that's young-you and me might have done a power of good together!"

staunch - ferme, fervent, étancher

He drew some cognac from the cask into a tin cannikin.

cannikin - cannikin

"Will you taste, messmate?" he asked; and when I had refused: "Well, I'll take a drain myself, Jim," said he. "I need a caulker, for there's trouble on hand. And talking o'trouble, why did that doctor give me the chart, Jim?"

refused - refusé, refuser de

My face expressed a wonder so unaffected that he saw the needlessness of further questions.

unaffected - non affectée, indifférent (a)

needlessness - l'inutilité

"Ah, well, he did, though," said he. "And there's something under that, no doubt-something, surely, under that, Jim-bad or good."

And he took another swallow of the brandy, shaking his great fair head like a man who looks forward to the worst.

Chapter 29. The Black Spot Again

THE council of 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.

ironical - ironique

briefly - brievement, brievement, concisément

emissary - émissaire

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

adopted - adoptée, adopter

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.

duskily - crépusculaire

conspirators - des conspirateurs, conspirateur, conspiratrice

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.

collected - collectés, (se) rassembler

torchlight - torchlight

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.

kneeling - a genoux, (kneel)

move together - déménager ensemble

"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.

beneath - dessous

dignity - dignité, forme, rang

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

locker - casier

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.

pushed - poussé, pousser

comical - comique

set down - mettre en place

"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."

depytation - dépytation

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 his companions.

smartly - roublard

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 ain't lucky! You've gone and cut this out of a Bible. What fool's cut a Bible?"

Hillo - hillo

"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," continued Silver. "You'll all swing now, I reckon. What soft-headed lubber had a Bible?"

"It was Dick," said one.

"Dick, was it? Then Dick can get to prayers," said Silver. "He's seen his slice of luck, has Dick, and you may lay to that."

But here the long man with the yellow eyes struck in.

"Belay that talk, John Silver," he said. "This crew has tipped you the black spot in full council, as in dooty bound; just you turn it over, as in dooty bound, and see what's wrote there. Then you can talk."

belay - l'assurage

tipped - basculé, bout, pointe

"Thanky, George," replied the sea-cook. "You always was brisk for business, and has the rules by heart, George, as I'm pleased to see. Well, what is it, anyway? Ah! 'Deposed'-that's it, is it? Very pretty wrote, to be sure; like print, I swear. Your hand o'write, George? Why, you was gettin'quite a leadin'man in this here crew. You'll be cap'n next, I shouldn't wonder.

by heart - par cour

deposed - déposé, déposer, fraire une déposition, frrester serment, fr

gettin - gettin

leadin - leadin

Just oblige me with that torch again, will you? This pipe don't draw."

oblige - imposer, obliger, etre redevable a

"Come, now," said George, "you don't fool this crew no more. You're a funny man, by your account; but you're over now, and you'll maybe step down off that barrel and help vote."

"I thought you said you knowed the rules," returned Silver contemptuously. "Leastways, if you don't, I do; and I wait here-and I'm still your cap'n, mind-till you outs with your grievances and I reply; in the meantime, your black spot ain't worth a biscuit. After that, we'll see."

contemptuously - avec mépris

grievances - griefs, grief

"Oh," replied George, "you don't be under no kind of apprehension; we're all square, we are. First, you've made a hash of this cruise-you'll be a bold man to say no to that. Second, you let the enemy out o'this here trap for nothing. Why did they want out? I dunno, but it's pretty plain they wanted it. Third, you wouldn't let us go at them upon the march.

trap - piege

Oh, we see through you, John Silver; you want to play booty, that's what's wrong with you. And then, fourth, there's this here boy."

see through - voir a travers

"Is that all?" asked Silver quietly.

"Enough, too," retorted George. "We'll all swing and sun-dry for your bungling."

retorted - a rétorqué, rétorquer

bungling - la maladrerie, (bungle), rater, foirer

"Well now, look here, I'll answer these four p'ints; one after another I'll answer 'em. I made a hash o'this cruise, did I? Well now, you all know what I wanted, and you all know if that had been done that we'd 'a been aboard the Hispaniola this night as ever was, every man of us alive, and fit, and full of good plum-duff, and the treasure in the hold of her, by thunder! Well, who crossed me?

plum - prune

Who forced my hand, as was the lawful cap'n? Who tipped me the black spot the day we landed and began this dance? Ah, it's a fine dance-I'm with you there-and looks mighty like a hornpipe in a rope's end at Execution Dock by London town, it does. But who done it? Why, it was Anderson, and Hands, and you, George Merry!

hornpipe - hornpipe

And you're the last above board of that same meddling crew; and you have the Davy Jones's insolence to up and stand for cap'n over me-you, that sank the lot of us! By the powers! But this tops the stiffest yarn to nothing."

meddling - l'ingérence, s'ingérer, se meler

insolence - insolence

stiffest - le plus rigide, rigide, raide, macchabée

Silver paused, and I could see by the faces of George and his late comrades that these words had not been said in vain.

"That's for number one," cried the accused, wiping the sweat from his brow, for he had been talking with a vehemence that shook the house. "Why, I give you my word, I'm sick to speak to you. You've neither sense nor memory, and I leave it to fancy where your mothers was that let you come to sea. Sea! Gentlemen o'fortune! I reckon tailors is your trade."

accused - accusé, accuser

sweat - de la sueur, transpirer, suer, transpiration

brow - sourcils, andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller

memory - mémoire, souvenir

tailors - les tailleurs, tailleur, tailleuse, adapter

trade - le commerce

"Go on, John," said Morgan. "Speak up to the others."

"Ah, the others!" returned John. "They're a nice lot, ain't they? You say this cruise is bungled. Ah! By gum, if you could understand how bad it's bungled, you would see! We're that near the gibbet that my neck's stiff with thinking on it. You've seen 'em, maybe, hanged in chains, birds about 'em, seamen p'inting 'em out as they go down with the tide. 'Who's that?'says one. 'That!

bungled - bousculé, rater, foirer

gibbet - gibet, potence

inting - inting

Why, that's John Silver. I knowed him well,'says another. And you can hear the chains a-jangle as you go about and reach for the other buoy. Now, that's about where we are, every mother's son of us, thanks to him, and Hands, and Anderson, and other ruination fools of you. And if you want to know about number four, and that boy, why, shiver my timbers, isn't he a hostage?

jangle - jangle, retentir (avec un bruit de ferraille)

buoy - bouée, flotteur, balise, surnager

ruination - la ruine, ruination

hostage - otage

Are we a-going to waste a hostage? No, not us; he might be our last chance, and I shouldn't wonder. Kill that boy? Not me, mates! And number three? Ah, well, there's a deal to say to number three.

Maybe you don't count it nothing to have a real college doctor to see you every day-you, John, with your head broke-or you, George Merry, that had the ague shakes upon you not six hours agone, and has your eyes the colour of lemon peel to this same moment on the clock? And maybe, perhaps, you didn't know there was a consort coming either?

ague - ague, fievre

lemon peel - un zeste de citron

But there is, and not so long till then; and we'll see who'll be glad to have a hostage when it comes to that. And as for number two, and why I made a bargain-well, you came crawling on your knees to me to make it-on your knees you came, you was that downhearted-and you'd have starved too if I hadn't-but that's a trifle! You look there-that's why!"

downhearted - déprimé(e)

And he cast down upon the floor a paper that I instantly recognized-none other than the chart on yellow paper, with the three red crosses, that I had found in the oilcloth at the bottom of the captain's chest. Why the doctor had given it to him was more than I could fancy.

But if it were inexplicable to me, the appearance of the chart was incredible to the surviving mutineers. They leaped upon it like cats upon a mouse.

inexplicable - inexplicable

surviving - survivant, survivre

It went from hand to hand, one tearing it from another; and by the oaths and the cries and the childish laughter with which they accompanied their examination, you would have thought, not only they were fingering the very gold, but were at sea with it, besides, in safety.

laughter - rires, rire

accompanied - accompagné, accompagner

examination - l'examen, examen

fingering - doigté, doigtage, (finger), pointer, tripoter, doigter

"Yes," said one, "that's Flint, sure enough. J. F., and a score below, with a clove hitch to it; so he done ever."

"Mighty pretty," said George. "But how are we to get away with it, and us no ship."

Silver suddenly sprang up, and supporting himself with a hand against the wall: "Now I give you warning, George," he cried. "One more word of your sauce, and I'll call you down and fight you. How? Why, how do I know? You had ought to tell me that-you and the rest, that lost me my schooner, with your interference, burn you! But not you, you can't; you hain't got the invention of a cockroach.

sauce - sauce

interference - l'interférence, ingérence, interférence

invention - invention

But civil you can speak, and shall, George Merry, you may lay to that."

"That's fair enow," said the old man Morgan.

enow - enow

"Fair! I reckon so," said the sea-cook. "You lost the ship; I found the treasure. Who's the better man at that? And now I resign, by thunder! Elect whom you please to be your cap'n now; I'm done with it."

elect - élu, élue, choisir, décider, élire

"Silver!" they cried. "Barbecue forever! Barbecue for cap'n!"

"So that's the toon, is it?" cried the cook. "George, I reckon you'll have to wait another turn, friend; and lucky for you as I'm not a revengeful man. But that was never my way. And now, shipmates, this black spot? 'Tain't much good now, is it? Dick's crossed his luck and spoiled his Bible, and that's about all."

revengeful - vengeur

"It'll do to kiss the book on still, won't it?" growled Dick, who was evidently uneasy at the curse he had brought upon himself.

kiss - baiser, baisent, biser, baisons, baisez, bécot, bise

curse - malédiction, maudire, maudisent, maudisons, blasphémer

"A Bible with a bit cut out!" returned Silver derisively. "Not it. It don't bind no more'n a ballad-book."

bind - lier, attacher, nouer, connecter, coupler

"Don't it, though?" cried Dick with a sort of joy. "Well, I reckon that's worth having too."

"Here, Jim-here's a cur'osity for you," said Silver, and he tossed me the paper.

cur - cur, clébard, corniaud, roquet, clebs, chien

osity - osité

It was around about the size of a crown piece. One side was blank, for it had been the last leaf; the other contained a verse or two of Revelation-these words among the rest, which struck sharply home upon my mind: "Without are dogs and murderers.

crown - couronne, couronner

leaf - feuille, rallonge, battant, ouvrant, vantail, feuiller

revelation - révélation

" The printed side had been blackened with wood ash, which already began to come off and soil my fingers; on the blank side had been written with the same material the one word "Depposed." I have that curiosity beside me at this moment, but not a trace of writing now remains beyond a single scratch, such as a man might make with his thumb-nail.

printed - imprimée, imprimer, imprimé, empreinte, estampe

ash - cendres, frene, cendre

come off - se détacher

material - matériel, matériau, matiere, étoffe, tissu

trace - trace, projection horizontale, décalquer

remains - reste, rester, demeurer

scratch - gratter, égratigner, piquer, rayer, biffer, oblitérer

thumb - pouce, feuilleter

That was the end of the night's business. Soon after, with a drink all round, we lay down to sleep, and the outside of Silver's vengeance was to put George Merry up for sentinel and threaten him with death if he should prove unfaithful.

vengeance - vengeance

sentinel - factionnaire, sentinelle, regarder

threaten - menacer

unfaithful - infidele

It was long ere I could close an eye, and heaven knows I had matter enough for thought in the man whom I had slain that afternoon, in my own most perilous position, and above all, in the remarkable game that I saw Silver now engaged upon-keeping the mutineers together with one hand and grasping with the other after every means, possible and impossible, to make his peace and save his miserable life. He himself slept peacefully and snored aloud, yet my heart was sore for him, wicked as he was, to think on the dark perils that environed and the shameful gibbet that awaited him.

most perilous - le plus périlleux

grasping - saisir, agripper, comprendre

miserable - misérable

peacefully - pacifiquement

snored - ronflé, ronfler, ronflement

shameful - honteux, scandaleux

Chapter 30. on parole

on parole - en liberté conditionnelle

I WAS wakened-indeed, we were all wakened, for I could see even the sentinel shake himself together from where he had fallen against the door-post-by a clear, hearty voice hailing us from the margin of the wood:

shake - secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse

"Block house, ahoy!" it cried. "Here's the doctor."

Ahoy - ohé

And the doctor it was. Although I was glad to hear the sound, yet my gladness was not without admixture. I remembered with confusion my insubordinate and stealthy conduct, and when I saw where it had brought me-among what companions and surrounded by what dangers-I felt ashamed to look him in the face.

gladness - la joie, allégresse

insubordinate - insubordonné, indiscipliné

stealthy - furtif, subreptice

surrounded - entouré, entourer, enceindre

felt ashamed - a eu honte

He must have risen in the dark, for the day had hardly come; and when I ran to a loophole and looked out, I saw him standing, like Silver once before, up to the mid-leg in creeping vapour.

"You, doctor! Top o'the morning to you, sir!" cried Silver, broad awake and beaming with good nature in a moment. "Bright and early, to be sure; and it's the early bird, as the saying goes, that gets the rations. George, shake up your timbers, son, and help Dr. Livesey over the ship's side. All a-doin'well, your patients was-all well and merry."

awake - éveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller

beaming - la téléportation, (beam), madrier, poutre, merrain, perche

good nature - bonne nature

early bird - Un leve-tôt

shake up - secouer

doin - faire

So he pattered on, standing on the hilltop with his crutch under his elbow and one hand upon the side of the log-house-quite the old John in voice, manner, and expression.

pattered - patinés, crépiter

"We've quite a surprise for you too, sir," he continued. "We've a little stranger here-he! he! A noo boarder and lodger, sir, and looking fit and taut as a fiddle; slep'like a supercargo, he did, right alongside of John-stem to stem we was, all night."

noo - noo

lodger - locataire, sows locataire

supercargo - supercargo, subrécargue

Dr. Livesey was by this time across the stockade and pretty near the cook, and I could hear the alteration in his voice as he said, "Not Jim?"

alteration - modification, altération, altérer

"The very same Jim as ever was," says Silver.

The doctor stopped outright, although he did not speak, and it was some seconds before he seemed able to move on.

"Well, well," he said at last, "duty first and pleasure afterwards, as you might have said yourself, Silver. Let us overhaul these patients of yours."

A moment afterwards he had entered the block house and with one grim nod to me proceeded with his work among the sick. He seemed under no apprehension, though he must have known that his life, among these treacherous demons, depended on a hair; and he rattled on to his patients as if he were paying an ordinary professional visit in a quiet English family.

grim - sinistre

nod to - faire un signe de tete

demons - démons, démon, diable

depended on - dépendant de

ordinary - piece, ordinaire, quelconque

professional - professionnel, professionnelle

His manner, I suppose, reacted on the men, for they behaved to him as if nothing had occurred, as if he were still ship's doctor and they still faithful hands before the mast.

reacted - a réagi, agir de nouveau, encore agir, réagir

"You're doing well, my friend," he said to the fellow with the bandaged head, "and if ever any person had a close shave, it was you; your head must be as hard as iron. Well, George, how goes it? You're a pretty colour, certainly; why, your liver, man, is upside down. Did you take that medicine? Did he take that medicine, men?"

bandaged - bandé, bandage, pansement, panser

shave - se raser, rasent, raser, barbifier, rasez, rasons

hard as iron - dur comme du fer

"Aye, aye, sir, he took it, sure enough," returned Morgan.

"Because, you see, since I am mutineers'doctor, or prison doctor as I prefer to call it," says Doctor Livesey in his pleasantest way, "I make it a point of honour not to lose a man for King George (God bless him!) and the gallows."

prison - prison

pleasantest - le plus agréable, agréable, plaisant

A point of honour - un point d'honneur

The rogues looked at each other but swallowed the home-thrust in silence.

swallowed - avalé, avaler

thrust - estocade, poussée, propulser

"Dick don't feel well, sir," said one.

"Don't he?" replied the doctor. "Well, step up here, Dick, and let me see your tongue. No, I should be surprised if he did! The man's tongue is fit to frighten the French. Another fever."

"Ah, there," said Morgan, "that comed of sp'iling Bibles."

Bibles - des bibles, Bible

"That comes-as you call it-of being arrant asses," retorted the doctor, "and not having sense enough to know honest air from poison, and the dry land from a vile, pestiferous slough. I think it most probable-though of course it's only an opinion-that you'll all have the deuce to pay before you get that malaria out of your systems. Camp in a bog, would you? Silver, I'm surprised at you.

arrant - arrant

asses - des culs, (ass) des culs

poison - poison, empoisonner

vile - vil

pestiferous - pestiféré

slough - le bourbier

malaria - le paludisme, paludisme, malaria

systems - ?, systeme

bog - bog, fondriere

You're less of a fool than many, take you all round; but you don't appear to me to have the rudiments of a notion of the rules of health.

rudiments - rudiments, rudiment

"Well," he added after he had dosed them round and they had taken his prescriptions, with really laughable humility, more like charity schoolchildren than blood-guilty mutineers and pirates-"well, that's done for today. And now I should wish to have a talk with that boy, please."

dosed - dosé, dose

prescriptions - prescriptions, ordonnance, prescription

laughable - risible, ridicule

humility - l'humilité, humilité

charity - la charité, charité, organisme de charité

schoolchildren - les écoliers, éleve, écolier, écoliere

And he nodded his head in my direction carelessly.

nodded - hoché la tete, dodeliner, hocher, hochement

George Merry was at the door, spitting and spluttering over some bad-tasted medicine; but at the first word of the doctor's proposal he swung round with a deep flush and cried "No!" and swore.

spluttering - des bafouillages, (splutter) des bafouillages

proposal - proposition, demande en mariage

flush - la chasse d'eau, vidanger, rougeur

Silver struck the barrel with his open hand.

"Si-lence!" he roared and looked about him positively like a lion. "Doctor," he went on in his usual tones, "I was a-thinking of that, knowing as how you had a fancy for the boy. We're all humbly grateful for your kindness, and as you see, puts faith in you and takes the drugs down like that much grog. And I take it I've found a way as'll suit all.

Si - SI, (Sus) SI

lence - lence

humbly - humblement

grateful - reconnaissant

kindness - la gentillesse, bonté

Hawkins, will you give me your word of honour as a young gentleman-for a young gentleman you are, although poor born-your word of honour not to slip your cable?"

I readily gave the pledge required.

pledge - engagement, promettre, mettre en gage, serment, gage

"Then, doctor," said Silver, "you just step outside o'that stockade, and once you're there I'll bring the boy down on the inside, and I reckon you can yarn through the spars. Good day to you, sir, and all our dooties to the squire and Cap'n Smollett."

The explosion of disapproval, which nothing but Silver's black looks had restrained, broke out immediately the doctor had left the house. Silver was roundly accused of playing double-of trying to make a separate peace for himself, of sacrificing the interests of his accomplices and victims, and, in one word, of the identical, exact thing that he was doing.

disapproval - désapprobation

restrained - retenue, (se) contenir/retenir

roundly - cyclo

separate peace - une paix séparée

sacrificing - sacrifier, sacrifice, offrande

accomplices - des complices, complice, comparse, compere

victims - victimes, victime

It seemed to me so obvious, in this case, that I could not imagine how he was to turn their anger. But he was twice the man the rest were, and his last night's victory had given him a huge preponderance on their minds.

preponderance - prépondérance

He called them all the fools and dolts you can imagine, said it was necessary I should talk to the doctor, fluttered the chart in their faces, asked them if they could afford to break the treaty the very day they were bound a-treasure-hunting.

dolts - des dauphins, imbécile

fluttered - flotté, faséyer, voleter, voltiger, battement

afford - se permettre, offrir

hunting - la chasse, (hunt), chasser, chercher, chasse

"No, by thunder!" he cried. "It's us must break the treaty when the time comes; and till then I'll gammon that doctor, if I have to ile his boots with brandy."

gammon - du gammon, jambon fumé

And then he bade them get the fire lit, and stalked out upon his crutch, with his hand on my shoulder, leaving them in a disarray, and silenced by his volubility rather than convinced.

stalked - traqué, tige

disarray - le désarroi, désordre, désarroi, zizanie

silenced - réduit au silence, silence

volubility - volubilité

"Slow, lad, slow," he said. "They might round upon us in a twinkle of an eye if we was seen to hurry."

Twinkle - twinkle, briller, cligner, virevolter

Very deliberately, then, did we advance across the sand to where the doctor awaited us on the other side of the stockade, and as soon as we were within easy speaking distance Silver stopped.

deliberately - délibérément

"You'll make a note of this here also, doctor," says he, "and the boy'll tell you how I saved his life, and were deposed for it too, and you may lay to that. Doctor, when a man's steering as near the wind as me-playing chuck-farthing with the last breath in his body, like-you wouldn't think it too much, mayhap, to give him one good word?

mayhap - peut-etre

You'll please bear in mind it's not my life only now-it's that boy's into the bargain; and you'll speak me fair, doctor, and give me a bit o'hope to go on, for the sake of mercy."

Silver was a changed man once he was out there and had his back to his friends and the block house; his cheeks seemed to have fallen in, his voice trembled; never was a soul more dead in earnest.

"Why, John, you're not afraid?" asked Dr. Livesey.

"Doctor, I'm no coward; no, not I-not so much!" and he snapped his fingers. "If I was I wouldn't say it. But I'll own up fairly, I've the shakes upon me for the gallows. You're a good man and a true; I never seen a better man! And you'll not forget what I done good, not any more than you'll forget the bad, I know. And I step aside-see here-and leave you and Jim alone.

done good - bien fait

And you'll put that down for me too, for it's a long stretch, is that!"

So saying, he stepped back a little way, till he was out of earshot, and there sat down upon a tree-stump and began to whistle, spinning round now and again upon his seat so as to command a sight, sometimes of me and the doctor and sometimes of his unruly ruffians as they went to and fro in the sand between the fire-which they were busy rekindling-and the house, from which they brought forth pork and bread to make the breakfast.

stump - souche, moignon, estompe

spinning round - Tourner en rond

rekindling - raviver, rallumer

"So, Jim," said the doctor sadly, "here you are. As you have brewed, so shall you drink, my boy. Heaven knows, I cannot find it in my heart to blame you, but this much I will say, be it kind or unkind: when Captain Smollett was well, you dared not have gone off; and when he was ill and couldn't help it, by George, it was downright cowardly!"

brewed - brassé, brasser, fermenter

unkind - pas aimable, déplaisant

gone off - s'etteindre

I will own that I here began to weep. "Doctor," I said, "you might spare me. I have blamed myself enough; my life's forfeit anyway, and I should have been dead by now if Silver hadn't stood for me; and doctor, believe this, I can die-and I dare say I deserve it-but what I fear is torture. If they come to torture me-"

weep - pleurer, pleurez, pleurons, pleurent

forfeit - gage, perdre, abandonner, déclarer forfait

deserve - mériter

"Jim," the doctor interrupted, and his voice was quite changed, "Jim, I can't have this. Whip over, and we'll run for it."

whip - fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre

"Doctor," said I, "I passed my word."

"I know, I know," he cried. "We can't help that, Jim, now. I'll take it on my shoulders, holus bolus, blame and shame, my boy; but stay here, I cannot let you. Jump! One jump, and you're out, and we'll run for it like antelopes."

bolus - bolus, bol, bol alimentaire

antelopes - des antilopes

"No," I replied; "you know right well you wouldn't do the thing yourself-neither you nor squire nor captain; and no more will I. Silver trusted me; I passed my word, and back I go. But, doctor, you did not let me finish.

If they come to torture me, I might let slip a word of where the ship is, for I got the ship, part by luck and part by risking, and she lies in North Inlet, on the southern beach, and just below high water. At half tide she must be high and dry."

be high - etre élevé

"The ship!" exclaimed the doctor.

Rapidly I described to him my adventures, and he heard me out in silence.

"There is a kind of fate in this," he observed when I had done. "Every step, it's you that saves our lives; and do you suppose by any chance that we are going to let you lose yours? That would be a poor return, my boy. You found out the plot; you found Ben Gunn-the best deed that ever you did, or will do, though you live to ninety. Oh, by Jupiter, and talking of Ben Gunn!

plot - intrigue, lopin, diagramme, graphique, complot, comploter

deed - acte, action, ouvre, exploit, haut fait, (dee)

Jupiter - jupiter

Why, this is the mischief in person. Silver!" he cried. "Silver! I'll give you a piece of advice," he continued as the cook drew near again; "don't you be in any great hurry after that treasure."

"Why, sir, I do my possible, which that ain't," said Silver. "I can only, asking your pardon, save my life and the boy's by seeking for that treasure; and you may lay to that."

seeking - a la recherche, chercher

"Well, Silver," replied the doctor, "if that is so, I'll go one step further: look out for squalls when you find it."

squalls - des bourrasques, grain, hurler, brailler

"Sir," said Silver, "as between man and man, that's too much and too little. What you're after, why you left the block house, why you given me that there chart, I don't know, now, do I? And yet I done your bidding with my eyes shut and never a word of hope! But no, this here's too much. If you won't tell me what you mean plain out, just say so and I'll leave the helm."

bidding - impératifs, (bid) impératifs

"No," said the doctor musingly; "I've no right to say more; it's not my secret, you see, Silver, or, I give you my word, I'd tell it you. But I'll go as far with you as I dare go, and a step beyond, for I'll have my wig sorted by the captain or I'm mistaken! And first, I'll give you a bit of hope; Silver, if we both Get alive out of this wolf-trap, I'll do my best to save you, short of perjury."

musingly - en se moquant

sorted - trié, sorte

Get alive - Devenir vivant

wolf - loup, tombeur, dévorer, engloutir

perjury - parjure, faux témoignage

Silver's face was radiant. "You couldn't say more, I'm sure, sir, not if you was my mother," he cried.

"Well, that's my first concession," added the doctor. "My second is a piece of advice: keep the boy close beside you, and when you need help, halloo. I'm off to seek it for you, and that itself will show you if I speak at random. Good-bye, Jim."

concession - concession

Halloo - halloo

I'm off - Je m'en vais

And Dr. Livesey shook hands with me through the stockade, nodded to Silver, and set off at a brisk pace into the wood.

nodded to - fait un signe de tete

Chapter 31. The Treasure-hunt-Flint's Pointer

Pointer - pointeur, aiguille, baguette, braque, chien d'arret

JIM," said Silver when we were alone, "if I saved your life, you saved mine; and I'll not forget it. I seen the doctor waving you to run for it-with the tail of my eye, I did; and I seen you say no, as plain as hearing. Jim, that's one to you. This is the first glint of hope I had since the attack failed, and I owe it you.

And now, Jim, we're to go in for this here treasure-hunting, with sealed orders too, and I don't like it; and you and me must stick close, back to back like, and we'll save our necks in spite o'fate and fortune."

necks - cou

Just then a man hailed us from the fire that breakfast was ready, and we were soon seated here and there about the sand over biscuit and fried junk. They had lit a fire fit to roast an ox, and it was now grown so hot that they could only approach it from the windward, and even there not without precaution.

fried - frites, faire frire

roast - rôtir, incendier, rôti, bien-cuit

ox - ox, boeuf

approach - approche, approchons, abordent, abordez, rapprochons

In the same wasteful spirit, they had cooked, I suppose, three times more than we could eat; and one of them, with an empty laugh, threw what was left into the fire, which blazed and roared again over this unusual fuel.

wasteful - le gaspillage

blazed - brulé, feu, embrasement

fuel - carburant, combustible, alimenter, attiser

I never in my life saw men so careless of the morrow; hand to mouth is the only word that can describe their way of doing; and what with wasted food and sleeping sentries, though they were bold enough for a brush and be done with it, I could see their entire unfitness for anything like a prolonged campaign.

sentries - des sentinelles, sentinelle

prolonged - prolongée, prolonger

campaign - campagne, faire campagne, mener une campagne

Even Silver, eating away, with Captain Flint upon his shoulder, had not a word of blame for their recklessness. And this the more surprised me, for I thought he had never shown himself so cunning as he did then.

cunning - astucieux, rusé

"Aye, mates," said he, "it's lucky you have Barbecue to think for you with this here head. I got what I wanted, I did. Sure enough, they have the ship. Where they have it, I don't know yet; but once we hit the treasure, we'll have to jump about and find out. And then, mates, us that has the boats, I reckon, has the upper hand."

Thus he kept running on, with his mouth full of the hot bacon; thus he restored their hope and confidence, and, I more than suspect, repaired his own at the same time.

restored - restaurée, restaurer, rétablir, rendre, restituer

suspect - suspecter, soupçonner, suspect

"As for hostage," he continued, "that's his last talk, I guess, with them he loves so dear. I've got my piece o'news, and thanky to him for that; but it's over and done. I'll take him in a line when we go treasure-hunting, for we'll keep him like so much gold, in case of accidents, you mark, and in the meantime.

accidents - accidents, accident

Once we got the ship and treasure both and off to sea like jolly companions, why then we'll talk Mr. Hawkins over, we will, and we'll give him his share, to be sure, for all his kindness."

It was no wonder the men were in a good humour now. For my part, I was horribly cast down. Should the scheme he had now sketched prove feasible, Silver, already doubly a traitor, would not hesitate to adopt it. He had still a foot in either camp, and there was no doubt he would prefer wealth and freedom with the pirates to a bare escape from hanging, which was the best he had to hope on our side.

humour - l'humour, humour, humeur, disposition, amadouer

sketched - esquissé, croquer, esquisser, esquisse, ébauche

feasible - faisable

traitor - traître, traîtresse, trahir

hesitate - hésiter

adopt - adopter

wealth - la richesse, richesse, profusion, abondance, checkfortune

freedom - la liberté, liberté

Nay, and even if things so fell out that he was forced to keep his faith with Dr. Livesey, even then what danger lay before us! What a moment that would be when the suspicions of his followers turned to certainty and he and I should have to fight for dear life-he a cripple and I a boy-against five strong and active seamen!

cripple - estropié, infirme, estropier, bridé

active - active, actif

Add to this double apprehension the mystery that still hung over the behaviour of my friends, their unexplained desertion of the stockade, their inexplicable cession of the chart, or harder still to understand, the doctor's last warning to Silver, "Look out for squalls when you find it," and you will readily believe how little taste I found in my breakfast and with how uneasy a heart I set forth behind my captors on the quest for treasure.

unexplained - inexpliquée

We made a curious figure, had anyone been there to see us-all in soiled sailor clothes and all but me armed to the teeth. Silver had two guns slung about him-one before and one behind-besides the great cutlass at his waist and a pistol in each pocket of his square-tailed coat.

slung - en bandouliere, écharpe

To complete his strange appearance, Captain Flint sat perched upon his shoulder and gabbling odds and ends of purposeless sea-talk. I had a line about my waist and followed obediently after the sea-cook, who held the loose end of the rope, now in his free hand, now between his powerful teeth. For all the world, I was led like a dancing bear.

gabbling - bavardage, (gabble) bavardage

obediently - avec obéissance

powerful - puissant

dancing bear - un ours dansant

The other men were variously burthened, some carrying picks and shovels-for that had been the very first necessary they brought ashore from the Hispaniola-others laden with pork, bread, and brandy for the midday meal. All the stores, I observed, came from our stock, and I could see the truth of Silver's words the night before.

variously - diversement

picks - pics, pioche, passe-partout, choix, écran, prendre, cueillir

shovels - des pelles, pelle, beche, peller

laden - laden, chargé, chargée, (lade) laden

Had he not struck a bargain with the doctor, he and his mutineers, deserted by the ship, must have been driven to subsist on clear water and the proceeds of their hunting. Water would have been little to their taste; a sailor is not usually a good shot; and besides all that, when they were so short of eatables, it was not likely they would be very flush of powder.

subsist - subsister

proceeds - le produit, avancer, procéder

Well, thus equipped, we all set out-even the fellow with the broken head, who should certainly have kept in shadow-and straggled, one after another, to the beach, where the two gigs awaited us. Even these bore trace of the drunken folly of the pirates, one in a broken thwart, and both in their muddy and unbailed condition.

Muddy - morne

unbailed - sans voile

condition - condition

Both were to be carried along with us for the sake of safety; and so, with our numbers divided between them, we set forth upon the bosom of the anchorage.

carried along - transporté

As we pulled over, there was some discussion on the chart. The red cross was, of course, far too large to be a guide; and the terms of the note on the back, as you will hear, admitted of some ambiguity. They ran, the reader may remember, thus:

discussion - discussion

Tall tree, Spy-glass shoulder, bearing a point to the N. of N.N.E.

Skeleton Island E.S.E. and by E.

Ten feet.

A tall tree was thus the principal mark. Now, right before us the anchorage was bounded by a plateau from two to three hundred feet high, adjoining on the north the sloping southern shoulder of the Spy-glass and rising again towards the south into the rough, cliffy eminence called the Mizzen-mast Hill. The top of the plateau was dotted thickly with pine-trees of varying height.

plateau - plateau, stagner, plafonner, se stabiliser, atteindre un plateau

adjoining - adjacente, adjoindre, toucher

sloping - en pente, renverser, déborder

cliffy - cliffy

eminence - éminence

Every here and there, one of a different species rose forty or fifty feet clear above its neighbours, and which of these was the particular "tall tree" of Captain Flint could only be decided on the spot, and by the readings of the compass.

readings - lectures, lecture

Yet, although that was the case, every man on board the boats had picked a favourite of his own ere we were half-way over, Long John alone shrugging his shoulders and bidding them wait till they were there.

shrugging - hausser les épaules, haussement d'épaules

We pulled easily, by Silver's directions, not to weary the hands prematurely, and after quite a long passage, landed at the mouth of the second river-that which runs down a woody cleft of the Spy-glass. Thence, bending to our left, we began to ascend the slope towards the plateau.

directions - des directions, direction

prematurely - prématurément

runs down - descendre

woody - ligneuxse, ligneux

ascend - s'élever, monter

At the first outset, heavy, miry ground and a matted, marish vegetation greatly delayed our progress; but by little and little the hill began to steepen and become stony under foot, and the wood to change its character and to grow in a more open order. It was, indeed, a most pleasant portion of the island that we were now approaching.

outset - départ, début

matted - maté, mat, mate

marish - marish

progress - progres, progressent, progresser, progressons, progrés

character - caractere, personnage, caractere

most pleasant - le plus agréable

A heavy-scented broom and many flowering shrubs had almost taken the place of grass. Thickets of green nutmeg-trees were dotted here and there with the red columns and the broad shadow of the pines; and the first mingled their spice with the aroma of the others. The air, besides, was fresh and stirring, and this, under the sheer sunbeams, was a wonderful refreshment to our senses.

scented - parfumée, odeur, odorat, sentir

shrubs - des arbustes, arbuste

thickets - des fourrés, fourré, maquis

nutmeg - muscadier, noix de muscade, noix muscade, petit pont, muscader

columns - colonnes, colonne, colonne (1, 2, 3)

spice - épice, épicer, épicent, assaisonner, épiçons, épicez

aroma - arôme, parfum

sunbeams - rayons de soleil, rayon de soleil

refreshment - un rafraîchissement, rafraîchissement

The party spread itself abroad, in a fan shape, shouting and leaping to and fro. About the centre, and a good way behind the rest, Silver and I followed-I tethered by my rope, he ploughing, with deep pants, among the sliding gravel. From time to time, indeed, I had to lend him a hand, or he must have missed his footing and fallen backward down the hill.

fan - fan, éventail, ventilateur

tethered - attachés, longe, attacher

ploughing - labourer, labour, checklabourage, (plough), charrue, araire

pants - pantalon, haleter

lend - preter, pretons, conférer, pretent, emprunter

backward - a l'envers, arriéré, en arriere, a reculons

We had thus proceeded for about half a mile and were approaching the brow of the plateau when the man upon the farthest left began to cry aloud, as if in terror. Shout after shout came from him, and the others began to run in his direction.

"He can't 'a found the treasure," said old Morgan, hurrying past us from the right, "for that's clean a-top."

Indeed, as we found when we also reached the spot, it was something very different. At the foot of a pretty big pine and involved in a green creeper, which had even partly lifted some of the smaller bones, a human skeleton lay, with a few shreds of clothing, on the ground. I believe a chill struck for a moment to every heart.

creeper - liane, plante grimpante

shreds - en lambeaux, lambeau

clothing - vetements, vetements, habits, (cloth), tissu, étoffe, tenue

"He was a seaman," said George Merry, who, bolder than the rest, had gone up close and was examining the rags of clothing. "Leastways, this is good sea-cloth."

rags - chiffons, chiffon

"Aye, aye," said Silver; "like enough; you wouldn't look to find a bishop here, I reckon. But what sort of a way is that for bones to lie? 'Tain't in natur'."

bishop - éveque, eveque

Indeed, on a second glance, it seemed impossible to fancy that the body was in a natural position. But for some disarray (the work, perhaps, of the birds that had fed upon him or of the slow-growing creeper that had gradually enveloped his remains) the man lay perfectly straight-his feet pointing in one direction, his hands, raised above his head like a diver's, pointing directly in the opposite.

fed - alimentée, alimentées, alimenterent

enveloped - enveloppé, envelopper

diver - plongeur, plongeuse, (div)

"I've taken a notion into my old numbskull," observed Silver. "Here's the compass; there's the tip-top p'int o'Skeleton Island, stickin'out like a tooth. Just take a bearing, will you, along the line of them bones."

numbskull - crétin

stickin - coller

It was done. The body pointed straight in the direction of the island, and the compass read duly E.S.E. and by E.

duly - dument, dument, ponctuellement

"I thought so," cried the cook; "this here is a p'inter. Right up there is our line for the Pole Star and the jolly dollars. But, by thunder! If it don't make me cold inside to think of Flint. This is one of his jokes, and no mistake. Him and these six was alone here; he killed 'em, every man; and this one he hauled here and laid down by compass, shiver my timbers!

inter - inter, enterrer

pole - pôle, poteau, pieu, Gaule, pole

jokes - blagues, plaisanterie, blague, joke, raté

They're long bones, and the hair's been yellow. Aye, that would be Allardyce. You mind Allardyce, Tom Morgan?"

"Aye, aye," returned Morgan; "I mind him; he owed me money, he did, and took my knife ashore with him."

"Speaking of knives," said another, "why don't we find his'n lying round? Flint warn't the man to pick a seaman's pocket; and the birds, I guess, would leave it be."

"By the powers, and That's true!" cried Silver.

That's true - C'est vrai

"There ain't a thing left here," said Merry, still feeling round among the bones; "not a copper doit nor a baccy box. It don't look nat'ral to me."

copper - cuivre

doit - doit

baccy - baccy

nat - nat

"No, by gum, it don't," agreed Silver; "not nat'ral, nor not nice, says you. Great guns! Messmates, but if Flint was living, this would be a hot spot for you and me. Six they were, and six are we; and bones is what they are now."

"I saw him dead with these here deadlights," said Morgan. "Billy took me in. There he laid, with penny-pieces on his eyes."

"Dead-aye, sure enough he's dead and gone below," said the fellow with the bandage; "but if ever sperrit walked, it would be Flint's. Dear heart, but he died bad, did Flint!"

"Aye, that he did," observed another; "now he raged, and now he hollered for the rum, and now he sang. 'Fifteen Men'were his only song, mates; and I tell you true, I never rightly liked to hear it since. It was main hot, and the windy was open, and I hear that old song comin'out as clear as clear-and the death-haul on the man already."

raged - enragée, rage, furie, fureur, courroux, rager, faire rage

hollered - braillé, crier

windy - éventé

comin - venir

"Come, come," said Silver; "stow this talk. He's dead, and he don't walk, that I know; leastways, he won't walk by day, and you may lay to that. Care killed a cat. Fetch ahead for the doubloons."

We started, certainly; but in spite of the hot sun and the staring daylight, the pirates no longer ran separate and shouting through the wood, but kept side by side and spoke with bated breath. The terror of the dead buccaneer had fallen on their spirits

bated - bated, batte, raquette

Chapter 32. The Treasure-hunt-The Voice Among the Trees

PARTLY from the damping influence of this alarm, partly to rest Silver and the sick folk, the whole party sat down as soon as they had gained the brow of the ascent.

damping - l'amortissement, amortissement, (damp), humide, moite

The plateau being somewhat tilted towards the west, this spot on which we had paused commanded a wide prospect on either hand. Before us, over the tree-tops, we beheld the Cape of the Woods fringed with surf; behind, we not only looked down upon the anchorage and Skeleton Island, but saw-clear across the spit and the eastern lowlands-a great field of open sea upon the east.

prospect - prospect, perspective, prospecter

lowlands - les basses terres, plaine, basse terre

Sheer above us rose the Spyglass, here dotted with single pines, there black with precipices. There was no sound but that of the distant breakers, mounting from all round, and the chirp of countless insects in the brush. Not a man, not a sail, upon the sea; the very largeness of the view increased the sense of solitude.

Spyglass - lunettes, longue-vue, lunette d'approche

precipices - des précipices, précipice

mounting - montant, monture, ajustage, (mount) montant

chirp - pépiement, piaillement, stridulation, craquetement, gazouiller

countless - innombrables, incalculable, innombrable

Insects - insectes, insecte

largeness - l'ampleur

Silver, as he sat, took certain bearings with his compass.

"There are three 'tall trees'" said he, "about in the right line from Skeleton Island. 'Spy-glass shoulder,'I take it, means that lower p'int there. It's child's play to find the stuff now. I've half a mind to dine first."

"I don't feel sharp," growled Morgan. "Thinkin'o'Flint-I think it were-as done me."

thinkin - penser

"Ah, well, my son, you praise your stars he's dead," said Silver.

Praise - des louanges, louange, louer, féliciter, prôner, vénérer

"He were an ugly devil," cried a third pirate with a shudder; "that blue in the face too!"

"That was how the rum took him," added Merry. "Blue! Well, I reckon he was blue. That's a true word."

Ever since they had found the skeleton and got upon this train of thought, they had spoken lower and lower, and they had almost got to whispering by now, so that the sound of their talk hardly interrupted the silence of the wood. All of a sudden, out of the middle of the trees in front of us, a thin, high, trembling voice struck up the well-known air and words:

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

I never have seen men more dreadfully affected than the pirates. The colour went from their six faces like enchantment; some leaped to their feet, some clawed hold of others; Morgan grovelled on the ground.

dreadfully - terriblement

enchantment - l'enchantement, enchantement, ensorcellement

clawed - griffé, griffe

grovelled - a rampé, s'abaisser, larbiner

"It's Flint, by --!" cried Merry.

The song had stopped as suddenly as it began-broken off, you would have said, in the middle of a note, as though someone had laid his hand upon the singer's mouth. Coming through the clear, sunny atmosphere among the green tree-tops, I thought it had sounded airily and sweetly; and the effect on my companions was the stranger.

atmosphere - atmosphere, atmosphere, ambience, ambiance

airily - aérienne

sweetly - avec douceur, doucement

"Come," said Silver, struggling with his ashen lips to get the word out; "this won't do. Stand by to go about. This is a rum start, and I can't name the voice, but it's someone skylarking-someone that's flesh and blood, and you may lay to that."

struggling with - Lutter avec

ashen - cendré

skylarking - l'alouette, alouette des champs

flesh - de la chair, chair, peau, viande, corps, pulpe

His courage had come back as he spoke, and some of the colour to his face along with it. Already the others had begun to lend an ear to this encouragement and were coming a little to themselves, when the same voice broke out again-not this time singing, but in a faint distant hail that echoed yet fainter among the clefts of the Spy-glass.

encouragement - d'encouragement, encouragement

hail - grele, charretée, greler

clefts - fentes, fissure

"Darby M'Graw," it wailed-for that is the word that best describes the sound-"Darby M'Graw! Darby M'Graw!" again and again and again; and then rising a little higher, and with an oath that I leave out: "Fetch aft the rum, Darby!"

wailed - a gémi, se lamenter

The buccaneers remained rooted to the ground, their eyes starting from their heads. Long after the voice had died away they still stared in silence, dreadfully, before them.

rooted - enraciné, racine

starting from - a partir de

"That fixes it!" gasped one. "let's go."

fixes - des correctifs, réparer, fixer, préparer, truquer, tricher

let's go - On y va

"They was his last words," moaned Morgan, "his last words above board."

moaned - gémi, gémissement, se plaindre, geindre, gémir, mugir

Dick had his Bible out and was praying volubly. He had been well brought up, had Dick, before he came to sea and fell among bad companions.

praying - priant, (pray) priant

volubly - volubilement, volubilité

Still Silver was unconquered. I could hear his teeth rattle in his head, but he had not yet surrendered.

unconquered - non conquis

surrendered - s'est rendu, capituler, rendre

"Nobody in this here island ever heard of Darby," he muttered; "not one but us that's here." And then, making a great effort: "Shipmates," he cried, "I'm here to get that stuff, and I'll not be beat by man or devil. I never was feared of Flint in his life, and, by the powers, I'll face him dead. There's seven hundred thousand pound not a quarter of a mile from here.

When did ever a gentleman o'fortune show his stern to that much dollars for a boozy old seaman with a blue mug-and him dead too?"

boozy - alcoolisé

mug - mug, broc

But there was no sign of reawakening courage in his followers, rather, indeed, of growing terror at the irreverence of his words.

reawakening - réveil, (reawaken) réveil

irreverence - l'irrévérence

"Belay there, John!" said Merry. "Don't you cross a sperrit."

And the rest were all too terrified to reply. They would have run away severally had they dared; but fear kept them together, and kept them close by John, as if his daring helped them. He, on his part, had pretty well fought his weakness down.

severally - séparément

"Sperrit? Well, maybe," he said. "But there's one thing not clear to me. There was an echo. Now, no man ever seen a sperrit with a shadow; well then, what's he doing with an echo to him, I should like to know? That ain't in natur', surely?"

This argument seemed weak enough to me. But you can never tell what will affect the superstitious, and to my wonder, George Merry was greatly relieved.

affect - affecter, affectez, influer, concernent, affectons

superstitious - superstitieux

"Well, that's so," he said. "You've a head upon your shoulders, John, and no mistake. 'Bout ship, mates! This here crew is on a wrong tack, I do believe. And come to think on it, it was like Flint's voice, I grant you, but not just so clear-away like it, after all. It was liker somebody else's voice now-it was liker-"

bout - bout, acces

Grant - la subvention, accorder, admettre

clear-away - (clear-away) Déblayer

"By the powers, Ben Gunn!" roared Silver.

"Aye, and so it were," cried Morgan, springing on his knees. "Ben Gunn it were!"

"It don't make much odds, do it, now?" asked Dick. "Ben Gunn's not here in the body any more'n Flint."

But the older hands greeted this remark with scorn.

greeted - salué, saluer, accueillir

scorn - mépriser, dédaigner, mépris, dédain

"Why, nobody minds Ben Gunn," cried Merry; "dead or alive, nobody minds him."

It was extraordinary how their spirits had returned and how the natural colour had revived in their faces. Soon they were chatting together, with intervals of listening; and not long after, hearing no further sound, they shouldered the tools and set forth again, Merry walking first with Silver's compass to keep them on the right line with Skeleton Island.

chatting - le bavardage, bavarder

tools - des outils, outil, mouton, façonner

He had said the truth: dead or alive, nobody minded Ben Gunn.

Dick alone still held his Bible, and looked around him as he went, with fearful glances; but he found no sympathy, and Silver even joked him on his precautions.

fearful - effrayant, redoutable, peureux, craintif, terrible, affreux

glances - regards, jeter un coup d’oil, coup d'oil

sympathy - compassion, sympathie, condoléance

joked - a plaisanté, plaisanterie, blague, joke

"I told you," said he-"I told you you had sp'iled your Bible. If it ain't no good to swear by, what do you suppose a sperrit would give for it? Not that!" and he snapped his big fingers, halting a moment on his crutch.

halting - halte, soutenu, (halt) halte

But Dick was not to be comforted; indeed, it was soon plain to me that the lad was falling sick; hastened by heat, exhaustion, and the shock of his alarm, the fever, predicted by Dr. Livesey, was evidently growing swiftly higher.

comforted - réconforté, confort, consoler

exhaustion - l'épuisement, épuisement, harassement

shock - choc, choquons, offusquer, choquez, choquer, secouer

predicted - prédit, prédire

It was fine open walking here, upon the summit; our way lay a little downhill, for, as I have said, the plateau tilted towards the west. The pines, great and small, grew wide apart; and even between the clumps of nutmeg and azalea, wide open spaces baked in the hot sunshine.

downhill - en descente, en aval, descente

azalea - azalée

baked - cuit, cuire

sunshine - soleil, lumiere du soleil

Striking, as we did, pretty near north-west across the island, we drew, on the one hand, ever nearer under the shoulders of the Spy-glass, and on the other, looked ever wider over that western bay where I had once tossed and trembled in the coracle.

wider - plus large, large

The first of the tall trees was reached, and by the bearings proved the wrong one. So with the second. The third rose nearly two hundred feet into the air above a clump of underwood-a giant of a vegetable, with a red column as big as a cottage, and a wide shadow around in which a company could have manoeuvred.

clump - amas, touffe, massif

giant - géant

column - colonne, colonne (1, 3)

cottage - chalet, cottage

manoeuvred - manouvré, manouvre

It was conspicuous far to sea both on the east and west and might have been entered as a sailing mark upon the chart.

conspicuous - qui se remarque aisément, visible, voyant, remarquable

But it was not its size that now impressed my companions; it was the knowledge that seven hundred thousand pounds in gold lay somewhere buried below its spreading shadow. The thought of the money, as they drew nearer, swallowed up their previous terrors.

impressed - impressionné, impressionner

swallowed up - englouti

previous - précédente, préalable

Their eyes burned in their heads; their feet grew speedier and lighter; their whole soul was bound up in that fortune, that whole lifetime of extravagance and pleasure, that lay waiting there for each of them.

speedier - plus rapide, prompt, rapide

lifetime - a vie, durée de vie (objects), vie (persons), éternité

Silver hobbled, grunting, on his crutch; his nostrils stood out and quivered; he cursed like a madman when the flies settled on his hot and shiny countenance; he plucked furiously at the line that held me to him and from time to time turned his eyes upon me with a deadly look. Certainly he took no pains to hide his thoughts, and certainly I read them like print.

grunting - grognement, (grunt), bidasse, troufion, grogner

nostrils - narines, narine, qualifier

quivered - a tremblé, frémir

madman - fou, insensé

shiny - brillant

pains - douleurs, douleur

In the immediate nearness of the gold, all else had been forgotten: his promise and the doctor's warning were both things of the past, and I could not doubt that he hoped to seize upon the treasure, find and board the Hispaniola under cover of night, cut every honest throat about that island, and sail away as he had at first intended, laden with crimes and riches.

immediate - immédiate, immédiat, proche

nearness - la proximité

seize - saisir, emparer

Shaken as I was with these alarms, it was hard for me to keep up with the rapid pace of the treasure-hunters. Now and again I stumbled, and it was then that Silver plucked so roughly at the rope and launched at me his murderous glances. Dick, who had dropped behind us and now brought up the rear, was babbling to himself both prayers and curses as his fever kept rising.

rapid - rapide, rapides

hunters - chasseurs, chasseur, chien de chasse, cheval de chasse

launched - lancé, lancer

murderous - meurtriere

babbling - babillage, bavardant, (babble), marmonner, marmotter, jargonner

This also added to my wretchedness, and to crown all, I was haunted by the thought of the tragedy that had once been acted on that plateau, when that ungodly buccaneer with the blue face-he who died at Savannah, singing and shouting for drink-had there, with his own hand, cut down his six accomplices.

wretchedness - la misere

tragedy - tragédie

acted on - Agir

ungodly - impies

This grove that was now so peaceful must then have rung with cries, I thought; and even with the thought I could believe I heard it ringing still.

rung - s'est arreté, marche, (ring) s'est arreté

We were now at the margin of the thicket.

"Huzza, mates, all together!" shouted Merry; and the foremost broke into a run.

And suddenly, not ten yards further, we beheld them stop. A low cry arose. Silver doubled his pace, digging away with the foot of his crutch like one possessed; and next moment he and I had come also to a dead halt.

digging - creusant, (dig) creusant

Before us was a great excavation, not very recent, for the sides had fallen in and grass had sprouted on the bottom. In this were the shaft of a pick broken in two and the boards of several packing-cases strewn around. On one of these boards I saw, branded with a hot iron, the name Walrus-the name of Flint's ship.

excavation - excavation, fouille

recent - récente, récent

sprouted - germé, pousser

shaft - arbre, hampe, rachis, cage, entuber

broken in two - Cassé en deux

boards - des planches, planche

strewn - éparpillés

branded - de marque, tison, marque, style, flétrir

All was clear to probation. The cache had been found and rifled; the seven hundred thousand pounds were gone!

probation - probation, période d'essai, liberté conditionnelle

rifled - rayé, fusil

Chapter 33. The Fall of a Chieftain

THERE never was such an overturn in this world. Each of these six men was as though he had been struck. But with Silver the blow passed almost instantly.

overturn - renverser, retourner, capoter, casser

Every thought of his soul had been set full-stretch, like a racer, on that money; well, he was brought up, in a single second, dead; and he kept his head, found his temper, and changed his plan before the others had had time to realize the disappointment.

racer - coureur, coureuse, racer, vélo de course

realize - réaliser, se rendre compte, prendre conscience

"Jim," he whispered, "take that, and stand by for trouble."

And he passed me a double-barrelled pistol.

barrelled - en tonneaux, tonneau, barrique, baril, canon, barillet

At the same time, he began quietly moving northward, and in a few steps had put the hollow between us two and the other five. Then he looked at me and nodded, as much as to say, "Here is a narrow corner," as, indeed, I thought it was. His looks were not quite friendly, and I was so revolted at these constant changes that I could not forbear whispering, "So you've changed sides again."

revolted - révoltés, révolter

constant - constant, constante

forbear - s'abstenir

changed sides - a changé de camp

There was no time left for him to answer in. The buccaneers, with oaths and cries, began to leap, one after another, into the pit and to dig with their fingers, throwing the boards aside as they did so. Morgan found a piece of gold. He held it up with a perfect spout of oaths. It was a two-guinea piece, and it went from hand to hand among them for a quarter of a minute.

pit - fosse, écart, précipice, noyau

throwing - jetant, (throw) jetant

"Two guineas!" roared Merry, shaking it at Silver. "That's your seven hundred thousand pounds, is it? You're the man for bargains, ain't you? You're him that never bungled nothing, you wooden-headed lubber!"

bargains - des bonnes affaires, accord, affaire, bonne affaire, marchander

wooden - en bois, boisé, raide

"Dig away, boys," said Silver with the coolest insolence; "you'll find some pig-nuts and I shouldn't wonder."

nuts - des noix, noix(literally walnut noix but often used generically)

"Pig-nuts!" repeated Merry, in a scream. "Mates, do you hear that? I tell you now, that man there knew it all along. Look in the face of him and you'll see it wrote there."

"Ah, Merry," remarked Silver, "standing for cap'n again? You're a pushing lad, to be sure."

standing for - défendre

pushing - poussant, pousser

But this time everyone was entirely in Merry's favour. They began to scramble out of the excavation, darting furious glances behind them. One thing I observed, which looked well for us: they all got out upon the opposite side from Silver.

favour - favorable, faveur, complaisance, favoriser

scramble - brouiller, faire de l'escalade, bousculade, interception

opposite side - du côté opposé

Well, there we stood, two on one side, five on the other, the pit between us, and nobody screwed up high enough to offer the first blow. Silver never moved; he watched them, very upright on his crutch, and looked as cool as ever I saw him. He was brave, and no mistake.

screwed up - foutu en l'air

upright - debout, integre, montant

At last Merry seemed to think a speech might help matters.

"Mates," says he, "there's two of them alone there; one's the old cripple that brought us all here and blundered us down to this; the other's that cub that I mean to have the heart of. Now, mates-"

blundered - gaffe, qualifier

cub - cub, petit (d'un animal)

He was raising his arm and his voice, and plainly meant to lead a charge. But just then-crack! crack! crack!-three musket-shots flashed out of the thicket. Merry tumbled head foremost into the excavation; the man with the bandage spun round like a teetotum and fell all his length upon his side, where he lay dead, but still twitching; and the other three turned and ran for it with all their might.

spun - filé, tournoyer, (faire) tourner

teetotum - teetotum

twitching - twitching, (twitch) twitching

Before you could wink, Long John had fired two barrels of a pistol into the struggling Merry, and as the man rolled up his eyes at him in the last agony, "George," said he, "I reckon I settled you."

wink - clin d'oil, ciller

struggling - en difficulté, luttant, (struggle), lutte, lutter, s'efforcer

At the same moment, the doctor, Gray, and Ben Gunn joined us, with smoking muskets, from among the nutmeg-trees.

"Forward!" cried the doctor. "Double quick, my lads. We must head 'em off the boats."

And we set off at a great pace, sometimes plunging through the bushes to the chest.

plunging - plongeant, (plunge) plongeant

I tell you, but Silver was anxious to keep up with us. The work that man went through, leaping on his crutch till the muscles of his chest were fit to burst, was work no sound man ever equalled; and so thinks the doctor. As it was, he was already thirty yards behind us and on the verge of strangling when we reached the brow of the slope.

equalled - égalée, égal, égaler a, égale

verge - verge, bord

strangling - étranglement, (strangle), étrangler

"Doctor," he hailed, "see there! No hurry!"

Sure enough there was no hurry. In a more open part of the plateau, we could see the three survivors still running in the same direction as they had started, right for Mizzenmast Hill. We were already between them and the boats; and so we four sat down to breathe, while Long John, mopping his face, came slowly up with us.

Mizzenmast - mât d'artimon, artimon, mât d’artimon

mopping - la vadrouille, serpilliere, qualifier

"Thank ye kindly, doctor," says he. "You came in in about the nick, I guess, for me and Hawkins. And so it's you, Ben Gunn!" he added. "Well, you're a nice one, to be sure."

nick - nick, Nico

"I'm Ben Gunn, I am," replied the maroon, wriggling like an eel in his embarrassment. "And," he added, after a long pause, "how do, Mr. Silver? Pretty well, I thank ye, says you."

wriggling - se tortiller, (wriggle), remuer

eel - anguille

embarrassment - de l'embarras, embarras, (etre la) honte (de)

"Ben, Ben," murmured Silver, "to think as you've done me!"

The doctor sent back Gray for one of the pick-axes deserted, in their flight, by the mutineers, and then as we proceeded leisurely downhill to where the boats were lying, related in a few words what had taken place. It was a story that profoundly interested Silver; and Ben Gunn, the half-idiot maroon, was the hero from beginning to end.

sent back - renvoyé

leisurely - tranquillement

related - en rapport, raconter, relater

profoundly - profondément

idiot - idiot, idiote

Ben, in his long, lonely wanderings about the island, had found the skeleton-it was he that had rifled it; he had found the treasure; he had dug it up (it was the haft of his pick-axe that lay broken in the excavation); he had carried it on his back, in many weary journeys, from the foot of the tall pine to a cave he had on the two-pointed hill at the north-east angle of the island, and there it had lain stored in safety since two months before the arrival of the Hispaniola.

wanderings - errances, errement, errance, divagation

dug - creusée, creusâmes, creusé, creusa, creuserent, (dig) creusée

haft - haft

broken in - Cassé en

cave - grotte, antre, creux

stored - stockée, entrepôt, stock, stocker, conserver

When the doctor had wormed this secret from him on the afternoon of the attack, and when next morning he saw the anchorage deserted, he had gone to Silver, given him the chart, which was now useless-given him the stores, for Ben Gunn's cave was well supplied with goats'meat salted by himself-given anything and everything to get a chance of moving in safety from the stockade to the two-pointed hill, there to be clear of malaria and keep a guard upon the money.

wormed - vermifugé, ver, vermine, scarabée, vis sans fin, dragon

"As for you, Jim," he said, "it went against my heart, but I did what I thought best for those who had stood by their duty; and if you were not one of these, whose fault was it?"

fault - défaut, faute, faille

That morning, finding that I was to be involved in the horrid disappointment he had prepared for the mutineers, he had run all the way to the cave, and leaving the squire to guard the captain, had taken Gray and the maroon and started, making the diagonal across the island to be at hand beside the pine.

diagonal - diagonale

Soon, however, he saw that our party had the start of him; and Ben Gunn, being fleet of foot, had been dispatched in front to do his best alone. Then it had occurred to him to work upon the superstitions of his former shipmates, and he was so far successful that Gray and the doctor had come up and were already ambushed before the arrival of the treasure-hunters.

Fleet - la flotte, flotte

dispatched - expédié, dépeche

superstitions - des superstitions, superstition

successful - réussie, ayant du succes, marqué de succes, couronné de succes

ambushed - en embuscade, embuscade

"Ah," said Silver, "it were fortunate for me that I had Hawkins here. You would have let old John be cut to bits, and never given it a thought, doctor."

"Not a thought," replied Dr. Livesey cheerily.

And by this time we had reached the gigs. The doctor, with the pick-axe, demolished one of them, and then we all got aboard the other and set out to go round by sea for North Inlet.

demolished - démoli, démolir

go round - faire le tour

This was a run of eight or nine miles. Silver, though he was almost killed already with fatigue, was set to an oar, like the rest of us, and we were soon skimming swiftly over a smooth sea. Soon we passed out of the straits and doubled the south-east corner of the island, round which, four days ago, we had towed the Hispaniola.

fatigue - la fatigue, fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer

towed - remorqué, remorquer

As we passed the two-pointed hill, we could see the black mouth of Ben Gunn's cave and a figure standing by it, leaning on a musket. It was the squire, and we waved a handkerchief and gave him three cheers, in which the voice of Silver joined as heartily as any.

Cheers - a votre santé, a plus, salut, ciao

Three miles farther, just inside the mouth of North Inlet, what should we meet but the Hispaniola, cruising by herself? The last flood had lifted her, and had there been much wind or a strong tide current, as in the southern anchorage, we should never have found her more, or found her stranded beyond help. As it was, there was little amiss beyond the wreck of the main-sail.

cruising - en croisiere, (cruise) en croisiere

Another anchor was got ready and dropped in a fathom and a half of water. We all pulled round again to Rum Cove, the nearest point for Ben Gunn's treasure-house; and then Gray, single-handed, returned with the gig to the Hispaniola, where he was to pass the night on guard.

got ready - etre pret

fathom - sonder, brasse

pass the night - passer la nuit

A gentle slope ran up from the beach to the entrance of the cave. At the top, the squire met us. To me he was cordial and kind, saying nothing of my escapade either in the way of blame or praise. At Silver's polite salute he somewhat flushed.

cordial - cordial, sirop

"John Silver," he said, "you're a prodigious villain and imposter-a monstrous imposter, sir. I am told I am not to prosecute you. Well, then, I will not. But the dead men, sir, hang about your neck like mill-stones."

villain - scélérat, méchant, vilain, paysan

imposter - imposteur

prosecute - poursuivre en justice

hang about - s'accrocher

"Thank you kindly, sir," replied Long John, again saluting.

saluting - saluer, faire un salut

"I dare you to thank me!" cried the squire. "It is a gross dereliction of my duty. stand back."

Gross - brut, dégoutant, dégueulasse, grossier, grossiere, grosse

dereliction - prévarication, déréliction

stand back - prendre du recul

And thereupon we all entered the cave. It was a large, airy place, with a little spring and a pool of clear water, overhung with ferns. The floor was sand. Before a big fire lay Captain Smollett; and in a far corner, only duskily flickered over by the blaze, I beheld great heaps of coin and quadrilaterals built of bars of gold.

airy - aéré

flickered - a clignoté, vaciller

heaps - tas, pile, monceau

coin - piece de monnaie, piece de monnaie, jeton

quadrilaterals - quadrilateres, quadrilatere, quadrangle, quadrilatéral

That was Flint's treasure that we had come so far to seek and that had cost already the lives of seventeen men from the Hispaniola. How many it had cost in the amassing, what blood and sorrow, what good ships scuttled on the deep, what brave men walking the plank blindfold, what shot of cannon, what shame and lies and cruelty, perhaps no Man alive could tell.

amassing - amasser

blindfold - les yeux bandés, bandeau, voile, bander les yeux

Man alive - Un homme en vie

Yet there were still three upon that island-Silver, and old Morgan, and Ben Gunn-who had each taken his share in these crimes, as each had hoped in vain to share in the reward.

share in - partager

Reward - récompense, récompenser

"Come in, Jim," said the captain. "You're a good boy in your line, Jim, but I don't think you and me'll go to sea again. You're too much of the born favourite for me. Is that you, John Silver? What brings you here, man?"

"Come back to my dooty, sir," returned Silver.

"Ah!" said the captain, and that was all he said.

What a supper I had of it that night, with all my friends around me; and what a meal it was, with Ben Gunn's salted goat and some delicacies and a bottle of old wine from the Hispaniola. Never, I am sure, were people gayer or happier.

delicacies - délices, délicatesse, gourmandise

gayer - plus gay, homosexuel/-elle, gay

And there was Silver, sitting back almost out of the firelight, but eating heartily, prompt to spring forward when anything was wanted, even joining quietly in our laughter-the same bland, polite, obsequious seaman of the voyage out.

firelight - la lumiere du feu

bland - fade, doucereux

obsequious - obséquieux

Chapter 34. And Last

THE next morning we fell early to work, for the transportation of this great mass of gold near a mile by land to the beach, and thence three miles by boat to the Hispaniola, was a considerable task for so small a number of workmen.

transportation - le transport, transport, transportation

mass - masse, foule, amas

by land - par voie terrestre

task - tâche

workmen - des ouvriers, ouvrier

The three fellows still abroad upon the island did not greatly trouble us; a single sentry on the shoulder of the hill was sufficient to ensure us against any sudden onslaught, and we thought, besides, they had had more than enough of fighting.

ensure - assurer

onslaught - l'assaut, assaut, offensive

Therefore the work was pushed on briskly. Gray and Ben Gunn came and went with the boat, while the rest during their absences piled treasure on the beach. Two of the bars, slung in a rope's end, made a good load for a grown man-one that he was glad to walk slowly with. For my part, as I was not much use at carrying, I was kept busy all day in the cave packing the minted money into bread-bags.

absences - absences, absence, manque

piled - empilés, pile, tas

minted - frappé, (hôtel de la) Monnaie

It was a strange collection, like Billy Bones's hoard for the diversity of coinage, but so much larger and so much more varied that I think I never had more pleasure than in sorting them.

collection - collection, ramassage

hoard - thésauriser, réserve

diversity - la diversité, diversité

coinage - la monnaie, frappe

varied - varié, varier

sorting - le triage, classement

English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises, doubloons and double guineas and moidores and sequins, the pictures of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred years, strange Oriental pieces stamped with what looked like wisps of string or bits of spider's web, round pieces and square pieces, and pieces bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your neck-nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think, have found a place in that collection; and for number, I am sure they were like autumn leaves, so that my back ached with stooping and my fingers with sorting them out.

Portuguese - portugais, portugaise

sequins - des paillettes, paillettes-p

stamped - estampillé, affranchi, (stamp), cachet, tampon, timbre

wisps - des feux follets, brin, fétu, touffe

web - réseau, panier, poche, âme, âme (de rail), palmure, bobine

variety - variété

Day after day this work went on; by every evening a fortune had been stowed aboard, but there was another fortune waiting for the morrow; and all this time we heard nothing of the three surviving mutineers.

every evening - tous les soirs

A fortune - une fortune

At last-I think it was on the third night-the doctor and I were strolling on the shoulder of the hill where it overlooks the lowlands of the isle, when, from out the thick darkness below, the wind brought us a noise between shrieking and singing. It was only a snatch that reached our ears, followed by the former silence.

strolling - se promener, (stroll), promenade, flânerie, balade, promener

overlooks - surplombe, vue, panorama, surplomber, négliger, louper

shrieking - des cris, (shriek), hurlement, crier

"Heaven forgive them," said the doctor; "'tis the mutineers!"

Tis - tis, (Ti) tis

"All drunk, sir," struck in the voice of Silver from behind us.

Silver, I should say, was allowed his entire liberty, and in spite of daily rebuffs, seemed to regard himself once more as quite a privileged and friendly dependent. Indeed, it was remarkable how well he bore these slights and with what unwearying politeness he kept on trying to ingratiate himself with all.

liberty - liberté

rebuffs - des rebuffades, rebuffade

privileged - privilégiée, privilege, privilégier

dependent - dépendant, dépendante

slights - des insultes, insignifiant, léger

unwearying - inlassable

politeness - la politesse, politesse

ingratiate - s'insinuer, se faire aimer

Yet, I think, none treated him better than a dog, unless it was Ben Gunn, who was still terribly afraid of his old quartermaster, or myself, who had really something to thank him for; although for that matter, I suppose, I had reason to think even worse of him than anybody else, for I had seen him meditating a fresh treachery upon the plateau.

Terribly - terriblement

Accordingly, it was pretty gruffly that the doctor answered him.

accordingly - en conséquence, conséquemment

gruffly - avec rudesse

"Drunk or raving," said he.

raving - divagations

"Right you were, sir," replied Silver; "and precious little odds which, to you and me."

"I suppose you would hardly ask me to call you a humane man," returned the doctor with a sneer, "and so my feelings may surprise you, Master Silver. But if I were sure they were raving-as I am morally certain one, at least, of them is down with fever-I should leave this camp, and at whatever risk to my own carcass, take them the assistance of my skill."

humane - humaine, humain

sneer - ricaner

feelings - sentiments

carcass - carcasse, cadavre

"Ask your pardon, sir, you would be very wrong," quoth Silver. "You would lose your precious life, and you may lay to that. I'm on your side now, hand and glove; and I shouldn't wish for to see the party weakened, let alone yourself, seeing as I know what I owes you.

quoth - quoth

glove - gant

wish for - souhaité

weakened - affaibli, affaiblir

owes - doit, devoir

But these men down there, they couldn't keep their word-no, not supposing they wished to; and what's more, they couldn't believe as you could."

"No," said the doctor. "You're the man to keep your word, we know that."

Well, that was about the last news we had of the three pirates. Only once we heard a gunshot a great way off and supposed them to be hunting. A council was held, and it was decided that we must desert them on the island-to the huge glee, I must say, of Ben Gunn, and with the strong approval of Gray.

gunshot - coup de feu

approval - agrément, approbation

We left a good stock of powder and shot, the bulk of the salt goat, a few medicines, and some other necessaries, tools, clothing, a spare sail, a fathom or two of rope, and by the particular desire of the doctor, a handsome present of tobacco.

necessaries - les produits de premiere nécessité, nécessaire

That was about our last doing on the island. Before that, we had got the treasure stowed and had shipped enough water and the remainder of the goat meat in case of any distress; and at last, one fine morning, we weighed anchor, which was about all that we could manage, and stood out of North Inlet, the same colours flying that the captain had flown and fought under at the palisade.

remainder - reste, restant, checkreste, checkrésidu, checkinvendu

The three fellows must have been watching us closer than we thought for, as we soon had proved. For coming through the narrows, we had to lie very near the southern point, and there we saw all three of them kneeling together on a spit of sand, with their arms raised in supplication.

It went to all our hearts, I think, to leave them in that wretched state; but we could not risk another mutiny; and to take them home for the gibbet would have been a cruel sort of kindness. The doctor hailed them and told them of the stores we had left, and where they were to find them.

But they continued to call us by name and appeal to us, For God's sake, to be merciful and not leave them to die in such a place.

by name - par nom

For God's sake - Pour l'amour de Dieu

merciful - miséricordieux

At last, seeing the ship still bore on her course and was now swiftly drawing out of earshot, one of them-I know not which it was-leapt to his feet with a hoarse cry, whipped his musket to his shoulder, and sent a shot whistling over Silver's head and through the main-sail.

After that, we kept under cover of the bulwarks, and when next I looked out they had disappeared from the spit, and the spit itself had almost melted out of sight in the growing distance. That was, at least, the end of that; and before noon, to my inexpressible joy, the highest rock of Treasure Island had sunk into the blue round of sea.

melted - fondu, fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)

inexpressible - inexprimable

We were so short of men that everyone on board had to bear a hand-only the captain lying on a mattress in the stern and giving his orders, for though greatly recovered he was still in want of quiet.

We laid her head for the nearest port in Spanish America, for we could not risk the voyage home without fresh hands; and as it was, what with baffling winds and a couple of fresh gales, we were all worn out before we reached it.

baffling - déconcertant, (baffle), déconcerter, dérouter

gales - des coups de vent, grand vent

It was just at sundown when we cast anchor in a most beautiful land-locked gulf, and were immediately surrounded by shore boats full of Negroes and Mexican Indians and half-bloods selling fruits and vegetables and offering to dive for bits of money.

Gulf - golfe

Negroes - negres, negre

Mexican - Mexicain, Mexicaine

Indians - les indiens, indien, amérindien, Indienne

offering to - proposer

dive - plongée, plongeons, plongez, plonge, plongent, plonger

The sight of so many good-humoured faces (especially the blacks), the taste of the tropical fruits, and above all the lights that began to shine in the town made a most charming contrast to our dark and bloody sojourn on the island; and the doctor and the squire, taking me along with them, went ashore to pass the early part of the night.

good-humoured - (good-humoured) de bonne humeur

especially - spécialement, particulierement, surtout, en particulier

tropical - tropicale, tropical

charming - charmant, (charm)

sojourn - séjour, séjourner

Here they met the captain of an English man-of-war, fell in talk with him, went on board his ship, and, in short, had so agreeable a time that day was breaking when we came alongside the Hispaniola.

Ben Gunn was on deck alone, and as soon as we came on board he began, with wonderful contortions, to make us a confession. Silver was gone. The maroon had connived at his escape in a shore boat some hours ago, and he now assured us he had only done so to preserve our lives, which would certainly have been forfeit if "that man with the one leg had stayed aboard." But this was not all.

contortions - des contorsions, contorsion

confession - confession

connived - de connivence, conspirer, intriguer, feindre l'ignorance

preserve - confiture, conserve, réserve naturelle, domaine réservé

The sea-cook had not gone empty-handed. He had cut through a bulkhead unobserved and had removed one of the sacks of coin, worth perhaps three or four hundred guineas, to help him on his further wanderings.

cut through - couper a travers

unobserved - non observée

sacks - sacs, sac

I think we were all pleased to be so cheaply quit of him.

Well, to make a long story short, we got a few hands on board, made a good cruise home, and the Hispaniola reached Bristol just as Mr. Blandly was beginning to think of fitting out her consort. Five men only of those who had sailed returned with her.

fitting out - équiper

"Drink and the devil had done for the rest," with a vengeance, although, to be sure, we were not quite in so bad a case as that other ship they sang about:

With one man of her crew alive,

What put to sea with seventy-five.

All of us had an ample share of the treasure and used it wisely or foolishly, according to our natures. Captain Smollett is now retired from the sea. Gray not only saved his money, but being suddenly smit with the desire to rise, also studied his profession, and he is now mate and part owner of a fine full-rigged ship, married besides, and the father of a family.

wisely - a bon escient, sagement, savamment

foolishly - betement

natures - natures, nature

smit - smit

profession - profession, métier, corps de métier

part owner - propriétaire partiel

As for Ben Gunn, he got a thousand pounds, which he spent or lost in three weeks, or to be more exact, in nineteen days, for he was back begging on the twentieth. Then he was given a lodge to keep, exactly as he had feared upon the island; and he still lives, a great favourite, though something of a butt, with the country boys, and a notable singer in church on Sundays and saints'days.

more exact - plus précis

twentieth - vingtieme, vingtieme

butt - de fesses, crosse

notable - remarquable, notable, personnage

Saints - les saints, Saint

Of Silver we have heard no more. That formidable seafaring man with one leg has at last gone clean out of my life; but I dare say he met his old Negress, and perhaps still lives in comfort with her and Captain Flint. It is to be hoped so, I suppose, for his chances of comfort in another world are very small.

negress - négresse, noire

comfort - le confort, confort, consoler

chances - chances, hasard

The bar silver and the arms still lie, for all that I know, where Flint buried them; and certainly they shall lie there for me. Oxen and wain-ropes would not bring me back again to that accursed island; and the worst dreams that ever I have are when I hear the surf booming about its coasts or start upright in bed with the sharp voice of Captain Flint still ringing in my ears: "Pieces of eight!

oxen - des boufs

wain - wain

ropes - des cordes, corde

coasts - côtes, côte

Pieces of eight!"

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