“Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest— Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
Who has not heard of this before? If not from the book I am featuring today, then you have definitely heard it from some movie or the other, or just about anything else to do with pirates too!! So, by now you must have guessed the book I am featuring today for my theme of Within Books for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Yes, it is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. He has been featured earlier on this challenge too – for the letter K for Kidnapped.
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A phone call
that I would rather
not have heard;
then slowly simmering;
a plane ride
by way of science
– new and old,
by way of prayers
– of near and strangers,
Hope gathers strength
To the Hesitating Purchaser
If sailor tales to sailor tunes,
Storm and adventure, heat and cold,
If schooners, islands, and maroons,
And buccaneers, and buried gold,
And all the old romance, retold
Exactly in the ancient way,
Can please, as me they pleased of old,
The wiser youngsters of today:
–– So be it, and fall on! If not,
If studious youth no longer crave,
His ancient appetites forgot,
Kingston, or Ballantyne the brave,
Or Cooper of the wood and wave:
So be it, also! And may I
And all my pirates share the grave
Where these and their creations lie!
Preface: Robert Louis Stevenson told the story of how the ‘Treasure Island’ book came to life in an article that was first published in the August 1894 issue of The Idler. This article was used as a preface to some of the early editions of the book and is truly an interesting read by itself. A link to the preface can be found here for your reading pleasure.
The first appearance of this in the Gutenberg edition of the book available online appears as below:
“But one man of her crew alive, What put to sea with seventy-five.”
The next one towards the end of the book appears as below in the same edition:
With one man of her crew alive, What put to sea with seventy-five.
And this one, the most popular one, makes its appearance (either referenced, or partially or fully) six times in the book (as noted in the edition above).
“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!”