München am Meer IV: What I Heard about the Apple Barrel
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. 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.
“Never knew good come of it yet,” the captain said to Dr. Livesey. “Spoil fok’s’le hands, make devils. That’s my belief.”
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.
Robert Louis Stevenson: Treasure Island, Chapter 10: The Voyage, 1883.
Ernte 2009, Klaräpfel für Apfelstrudel/Apfelmus o.ä.: Irene aus dem 4. Stock, 6. August 2009;
Robert Louis Stevenson recommended online version: Edited with an introduction and notes by Franklin T. Baker, A.M., Professor of English in Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, Charles E. Merrill Co., Copyright 1909.