en-es  The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells-Chapter VI
Capítulo VI Los hombres de aspecto maligno del bote
Pero los isleños, viendo que estaba realmente a la deriva, se apiadaron de mí. Derivé muy lentamente hacia el este, acercándome en diagonal a la isla; y enseguida ví, con alivio histérico, la lancha girar y volver hacia mí. Estaba muy cargada y podía ver, mientras se acercaba, al compañero de pelo blanco y hombros anchos de Montgomery, sentado apretado con los perros y muchas maletas en las drizas de popa. Este individuo me miraba fijamente sin moverse ni hablar. El inválido de cara negra estaba en la proa mirándome con la misma furia , cerca del puma. Había otros tres hombres ,- tres extraños muchachos de aspecto brutal, a quienes los perros estaban gruñendo ferozmente. Montgomery, que estaba conduciendo, llevó el barco a mi lado y levantándose, atrapó y aseguró mi bote al timón para remolcarme, porque no había sitio a bordo.
Me había recuperado de mi fase histérica en ese momento y respondí su saludo, mientras se acercaba, con bastante valentía. Le dije que el bote estaba casi inundado, y me alcanzó un balde. Fui tironeado cuando la cuerda se tensó entre los botes. Por un tiempo estuve ocupado achicando el agua.
No fue hasta que conseguí achicar el agua (porque agua había sido ingresado en el bote, aunque el bote estaba perfectamente) que tuve tiempo libre para mirar otra vez a la gente de la lancha.
Encontré que el hombre de pelo blanco todavía me estaba mirando fijamente, pero con una expresión, como ahora me pareció, de cierta perplejidad. Cuando mis ojos se encontraron con los de él, bajó la vista al perro que estaba sentado entre sus rodillas. Era un hombre de constitución fuerte, como he dicho, con hermosa frente y rasgos bastante marcados; pero sus ojos tenían esa extraña piel colgante sobre los párpados, que a menudo llega con el paso de los años, y la comisura caída de su pesada boca le daba una expresión de resolución belicosa. Habló con Montgomery en un tono demasiado bajo como para que yo lo oyera.
De él mis ojos pasaron a sus tres hombres; eran un grupo extraño. Solo ví sus rostros, pero había algo en sus rostros - no sabía qué- que me dio un espasmo de asco. Los miré fijamente y la impresión no pasó, aún no podía ver lo que la había suscitado. Me parecieron entonces ser hombres morenos; pero sus miembros estaban curiosamente envueltos en alguna fina,y sucia tela blanca hasta los dedos y pies: nunca había visto antes hombres envueltos de esta manera ,y a mujeres así, solo en el este. También llevaban turbantes, y bajo ellos atisbaban sus caras de duendes, caras con protuberantes mandíbulas inferiores y ojos brillantes. Tenían el cabello lacio y negro, casi como crin de caballo, y parecían estar sentados por exceder en estatura a cualquier raza de hombres que haya visto. Sabía que el hombre de pelo blanco tenía al menos seis pies de alto, pero sentado solo alcanzaba los hombros de los tres. Descubrí después que realmente ninguno era más alto que yo; pero sus cuerpos eran anormalmente largos, y los muslos eran cortos y curiosamente retorcidos. En cualquier caso, eran una pandilla increíblemente fea, y sobre sus cabezas, bajo la vela de proa, se asomaba la cara oscura del hombre cuyos ojos eran luminosos en la oscuridad. Mientras los miraba, se encontraron con mi mirada; y luego primero uno y luego otro se apartaron de mi mirada directa y me miraron de manera extraña y furtiva. Se me ocurrió que quizás los estaba molestando, y volví mi atención a la isla a la que nos estábamos acercando.
Era baja y estaba cubierta de espesa vegetación, especialmente una especie de palmera, que era nueva para mí. Desde un punto, un fino hilo blanco de vapor se elevaba oblicuamente a una altura inmensa y luego se deshacía como un plumón. Ahora estábamos en una amplia bahía flanqueada a ambos lados por un promontorio bajo. La playa era de arena gris, y se inclinaba abruptamente hasta una cresta, tal vez sesenta o setenta pies sobre el nivel del mar, con grupos irregulares de árboles y maleza. A mitad de camino había un recinto cuadrado de alguna piedra grisácea, que posteriormente descubrí que estaba hecha en parte de coral y en parte de piedra pómez. Dos techos de paja asomaban desde el interior de este recinto. Un hombre nos esperaba en la orilla. Mientras todavía estábamos lejos, me imaginé que veía a otras criaturas de aspecto muy grotesco que se escabullían entre los arbustos de la ladera; pero no vi nada de esto cuando nos acercamos. Este hombre era de un tamaño mediano y cara negroide. Tenía boca grande, casi sin labios, brazos extraordinariamente largos, pies largos y delgados y piernas arqueadas. Estaba de pie, con su rostro serio dirigido hacia adelante, mirándonos. Iba vestido como Montgomery y su acompañante de pelo blanco, con chaqueta y pantalones de sarga azul. A medida que nos acercábamos, este individuo comenzó a correr de un lado a otro por la playa, haciendo los movimientos más grotescos.
A una orden de Montgomery, los cuatro hombres de la lancha pegaron un salto, y con gestos particularmente torpes arriaron las velas. Montgomery nos condujo a un angosto y pequeño muelle excavado en la playa Entonces el hombre en la playa se apresuró hacia nosotros. Este muelle, como yo lo llamo, era realmente una simple zanja lo suficientemente larga en esta fase de la marea para introducir la lancha. Oí la proa encallar en la arena, mantuve alejado el bote del timón de la lancha con mi balde y, lanzando las amarras, desembarqué. Los tres hombres embozados, con los movimientos más torpes, treparon a la arena e inmediatamente se dispusieron a desembarcar la carga, ayudados por el hombre de la playa. Yo estaba impresionado especialmente por los curiosos movimientos de las piernas de los tres barqueros vendados... no rígidas, sino deformadas de una manera extraña, casi como si estuvieran unidas en el lugar equivocado. Los perros seguían gruñendo y tirando de las cadenas detrás de estos hombres, mientras el hombre de pelo blanco desembarcaba con ellos. Los tres hombres grandes se hablaron mutuamente en extraños tonos guturales, y el hombre que nos había esperado en la playa comenzó a parlotearles con entusiasmo -un idioma extranjero, como imaginé- mientras ponían las manos en unos fardos apilados cerca de la popa. En alguna parte había escuchado esa voz antes, y no podía acordarne en dónde. El hombre de cabello blanco se levantó, conteniendo un tumulto de seis perros, y gritando órdenes por encima de su estrépito. Montgomery, habiendo soltado el timón, desembarcó de la misma manera, y todos se pusieron a trabajar en la descarga. Yo estaba demasiado débil, con mi largo ayuno y el sol cayendo sobre mi cabeza desnuda, para ofrecer cualquier tipo de ayuda.
En ese momento el hombre de pelo blanco pareció recordar mi presencia y se me acercó.
"Parece", dijo él, "como si no hubiera desayunado". Sus pequeños ojos eran de un negro brillante bajo las cejas pobladas. "Debo disculparme por eso. Ahora usted es nuestro invitado, debemos hacer que se sienta cómodo, aunque no haya sido invitado, ya sabe". Me miró intensamente a la cara. "Montgomery dice que usted es un hombre educado, Sr. Prendick; dice que sabe algo de ciencia. ¿Puedo preguntar qué significa eso?". Le dije que había pasado algunos años en el Royal College of Science, y que había hecho algunas investigaciones en Biología con Huxley. Él levantó las cejas ligeramente ante eso.
"Eso altera un poco el caso, señor Prendick", dijo, con un poco más de respeto en su actitud. "Da la casualidad que aquí somos biólogos. Esta es una estación biológica, de algún tipo. "Su mirada se posó en los hombres de blanco que estaban ocupados arrastrando al puma, sobre rodillos, hacia la construcción. "Yo y Montgomery, al menos", agregó. Luego, "Cuándo podrá salir de aquí, no puedo decir. No estamos en la ruta a parte alguna. Vemos un barco más o menos cada doce meses''. Me dejó bruscamente y fue a la playa más allá de su grupo, y creo que entró en el recinto. Los otros dos hombres fueron con Montgomery, erigiendo una pila de paquetes más pequeños en una carretilla con ruedas . La llama aún estaba en la lancha con las conejeras; los perros aún estaban atados a las bancadas. La pila de cosas terminada, los tres hombres tomaron la carretilla y empezaron cargar la casi tonelada sobre ella después del puma. Enseguida Montgomery los dejó, y volviendo a mí extendió la mano.
''Estoy feliz'',dijo,'' por mi parte. Ese capitán era un idiota. Debería haberle facilitado las cosas". "Fue usted", dije, "que me salvó otra vez". "Eso depende. Encontrará que esta isla es un lugar infernalmente raro, se lo prometo. Yo andaría con cuidado, si fuera usted. Él ...", vaciló y pareció cambiar de idea sobre lo que iba a decir. "Me gustaría que me ayudara con estos conejos", dijo.
Su proceder con los conejos fue singular. Entré en el agua con él y lo ayudé a arrastrar a la playa una de las conejeras. Tan pronto como se hizo eso, abrió la puerta y, al inclinar la conejera sobre un extremo, arrojó su contenido viviente en el suelo. Cayeron en un montón apretado uno encima del otro. Palmoteó, e inmediatamente escaparon corriendo a los saltitos, creo que quince o veinte, por la playa.
"Creced y multiplicaos, mis amigos", dijo Montgomery. "Repoblad la isla. Hasta ahora hemos tenido cierta falta de carne aquí". Mientras yo los veía desaparecer, el hombre de pelo blanco regresó con una botella de brandy y algunos bizcochos. "Algo para seguir, Prendick", dijo, en un tono mucho más informal que antes. No hice comentarios, sino que me dediqué a los bizcochos enseguida, mientras el hombre de pelo blanco ayudaba a Montgomery a liberar aproximadamente una veintena más de conejos. Sin embargo, tres grandes conejeras fueron a la casa con el puma. El brandy no lo toqué, porque he sido abstemio desde siempre.
unit 1
Chapter VI.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 2
THE EVIL-LOOKING BOATMEN.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 3
BUT the islanders, seeing that I was really adrift, took pity on me.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 4
I drifted very slowly to the eastward, approaching the island slantingly;.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 5
and presently I saw, with hysterical relief, the launch come round and return towards me.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 7
This individual stared fixedly at me without moving or speaking.
3 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 8
The black-faced cripple was glaring at me as fixedly in the bows near the puma.
3 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 12
I told him the dingey was nearly swamped, and he reached me a piggin.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 13
I was jerked back as the rope tightened between the boats.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 14
For some time I was busy baling.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 15
It was not until I had got the water under (for the water in the dingey had been shipped;.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 16
the boat was perfectly sound) that I had leisure to look at the people in the launch again.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 18
When my eyes met his, he looked down at the staghound that sat between his knees.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 19
He was a powerfully-built man, as I have said, with a fine forehead and rather heavy features;.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 21
He talked to Montgomery in a tone too low for me to hear.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 22
From him my eyes travelled to his three men; and a strange crew they were.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 28
unit 33
It was low, and covered with thick vegetation,—chiefly a kind of palm, that was new to me.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 35
We were now within the embrace of a broad bay flanked on either hand by a low promontory.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 36
The beach was of dull-grey sand, and sloped steeply up to a ridge,.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 37
perhaps sixty or seventy feet above the sea-level, and irregularly set with trees and undergrowth.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 39
Two thatched roofs peeped from within this enclosure.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 40
A man stood awaiting us at the water's edge.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 42
but I saw nothing of these as we drew nearer.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 43
This man was of a moderate size, and with a black negroid face.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 45
He was dressed like Montgomery and his white-haired companion, in jacket and trousers of blue serge.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 48
Montgomery steered us round and into a narrow little dock excavated in the beach.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 49
Then the man on the beach hastened towards us.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 56
Somewhere I had heard such a voice before, and I could not think where.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 57
The white-haired man stood, holding in a tumult of six dogs, and bawling orders over their din.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 2 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 58
Montgomery, having unshipped the rudder, landed likewise, and all set to work at unloading.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 60
Presently the white-haired man seemed to recollect my presence, and came up to me.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 62
“I must apologise for that.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 64
“Montgomery says you are an educated man, Mr. Prendick; says you know something of science.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 66
He raised his eyebrows slightly at that.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 67
unit 68
“As it happens, we are biologists here.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 70
“I and Montgomery, at least,” he added.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 71
Then, “When you will be able to get away, I can't say.
2 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 72
We're off the track to anywhere.
2 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 74
The other two men were with Montgomery, erecting a pile of smaller packages on a low-wheeled truck.
3 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 77
Presently Montgomery left them, and coming back to me held out his hand.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 78
“I'm glad,” said he, “for my own part.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 79
That captain was a silly ass.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 81
You'll find this island an infernally rum place, I promise you.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 82
I'd watch my goings carefully, if I were you.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 83
He—” He hesitated, and seemed to alter his mind about what was on his lips.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 84
“I wish you'd help me with these rabbits,” he said.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 85
His procedure with the rabbits was singular.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 86
I waded in with him, and helped him lug one of the hutches ashore.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 88
They fell in a struggling heap one on the top of the other.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 90
“Increase and multiply, my friends,” said Montgomery.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 91
“Replenish the island.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 93
unit 95
Three big hutches, however, went up to the house with the puma.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 96
The brandy I did not touch, for I have been an abstainer from my birth.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 4 months, 2 weeks ago
soybeba • 2079  commented on  unit 71  4 months, 2 weeks ago
soybeba • 2079  commented on  unit 9  4 months, 2 weeks ago
soybeba • 2079  translated  unit 1  4 months, 3 weeks ago

Chapter VI. THE EVIL-LOOKING BOATMEN.
BUT the islanders, seeing that I was really adrift, took pity on me. I drifted very slowly to the eastward, approaching the island slantingly;. and presently I saw, with hysterical relief, the launch come round and return towards me. She was heavily laden, and I could make out as she drew nearer Montgomery's white-haired, broad-shouldered companion sitting cramped up with the dogs and several packing-cases in the stern sheets. This individual stared fixedly at me without moving or speaking. The black-faced cripple was glaring at me as fixedly in the bows near the puma. There were three other men besides,—three strange brutish-looking fellows, at whom the staghounds were snarling savagely. Montgomery, who was steering, brought the boat by me, and rising, caught and fastened my painter to the tiller to tow me, for there was no room aboard.
I had recovered from my hysterical phase by this time and answered his hail, as he approached, bravely enough. I told him the dingey was nearly swamped, and he reached me a piggin. I was jerked back as the rope tightened between the boats. For some time I was busy baling.
It was not until I had got the water under (for the water in the dingey had been shipped;. the boat was perfectly sound) that I had leisure to look at the people in the launch again.
The white-haired man I found was still regarding me steadfastly, but with an expression, as I now fancied, of some perplexity. When my eyes met his, he looked down at the staghound that sat between his knees. He was a powerfully-built man, as I have said, with a fine forehead and rather heavy features;. but his eyes had that odd drooping of the skin above the lids which often comes with advancing years, and the fall of his heavy mouth at the corners gave him an expression of pugnacious resolution. He talked to Montgomery in a tone too low for me to hear.
From him my eyes travelled to his three men; and a strange crew they were. I saw only their faces, yet there was something in their faces—I knew not what—that gave me a queer spasm of disgust. I looked steadily at them, and the impression did not pass, though I failed to see what had occasioned it. They seemed to me then to be brown men; but their limbs were oddly swathed in some thin, dirty, white stuff down even to the fingers and feet: I have never seen men so wrapped up before, and women so only in the East. They wore turbans too, and thereunder peered out their elfin faces at me,—faces with protruding lower-jaws and bright eyes. They had lank black hair, almost like horsehair, and seemed as they sat to exceed in stature any race of men I have seen. The white-haired man, who I knew was a good six feet in height, sat a head below any one of the three. I found afterwards that really none were taller than myself; but their bodies were abnormally long, and the thigh-part of the leg short and curiously twisted. At any rate, they were an amazingly ugly gang, and over the heads of them under the forward lug peered the black face of the man whose eyes were luminous in the dark. As I stared at them, they met my gaze; and then first one and then another turned away from my direct stare, and looked at me in an odd, furtive manner. It occurred to me that I was perhaps annoying them, and I turned my attention to the island we were approaching.
It was low, and covered with thick vegetation,—chiefly a kind of palm, that was new to me. From one point a thin white thread of vapour rose slantingly to an immense height, and then frayed out like a down feather. We were now within the embrace of a broad bay flanked on either hand by a low promontory. The beach was of dull-grey sand, and sloped steeply up to a ridge,. perhaps sixty or seventy feet above the sea-level, and irregularly set with trees and undergrowth. Half way up was a square enclosure of some greyish stone, which I found subsequently was built partly of coral and partly of pumiceous lava. Two thatched roofs peeped from within this enclosure. A man stood awaiting us at the water's edge. I fancied while we were still far off that I saw some other and very grotesque-looking creatures scuttle into the bushes upon the slope;. but I saw nothing of these as we drew nearer. This man was of a moderate size, and with a black negroid face. He had a large, almost lipless, mouth, extraordinary lank arms, long thin feet, and bow-legs, and stood with his heavy face thrust forward staring at us. He was dressed like Montgomery and his white-haired companion, in jacket and trousers of blue serge. As we came still nearer, this individual began to run to and fro on the beach, making the most grotesque movements.
At a word of command from Montgomery, the four men in the launch sprang up, and with singularly awkward gestures struck the lugs. Montgomery steered us round and into a narrow little dock excavated in the beach. Then the man on the beach hastened towards us. This dock, as I call it, was really a mere ditch just long enough at this phase of the tide to take the longboat. I heard the bows ground in the sand, staved the dingey off the rudder of the big boat with my piggin, and freeing the painter, landed. The three muffled men, with the clumsiest movements, scrambled out upon the sand, and forthwith set to landing the cargo, assisted by the man on the beach. I was struck especially by the curious movements of the legs of the three swathed and bandaged boatmen,—not stiff they were, but distorted in some odd way, almost as if they were jointed in the wrong place. The dogs were still snarling, and strained at their chains after these men, as the white-haired man landed with them. The three big fellows spoke to one another in odd guttural tones, and the man who had waited for us on the beach began chattering to them excitedly—a foreign language, as I fancied—as they laid hands on some bales piled near the stern. Somewhere I had heard such a voice before, and I could not think where. The white-haired man stood, holding in a tumult of six dogs, and bawling orders over their din. Montgomery, having unshipped the rudder, landed likewise, and all set to work at unloading. I was too faint, what with my long fast and the sun beating down on my bare head, to offer any assistance.
Presently the white-haired man seemed to recollect my presence, and came up to me.
“You look,” said he, “as though you had scarcely breakfasted.” His little eyes were a brilliant black under his heavy brows. “I must apologise for that. Now you are our guest, we must make you comfortable,—though you are uninvited, you know.” He looked keenly into my face. “Montgomery says you are an educated man, Mr. Prendick; says you know something of science. May I ask what that signifies?”
I told him I had spent some years at the Royal College of Science, and had done some researches in biology under Huxley. He raised his eyebrows slightly at that.
“That alters the case a little, Mr. Prendick,” he said, with a trifle more respect in his manner. “As it happens, we are biologists here. This is a biological station—of a sort.” His eye rested on the men in white who were busily hauling the puma, on rollers, towards the walled yard. “I and Montgomery, at least,” he added. Then, “When you will be able to get away, I can't say. We're off the track to anywhere. We see a ship once in a twelve-month or so.”
He left me abruptly, and went up the beach past this group, and I think entered the enclosure. The other two men were with Montgomery, erecting a pile of smaller packages on a low-wheeled truck. The llama was still on the launch with the rabbit hutches; the staghounds were still lashed to the thwarts. The pile of things completed, all three men laid hold of the truck and began shoving the ton-weight or so upon it after the puma. Presently Montgomery left them, and coming back to me held out his hand.
“I'm glad,” said he, “for my own part. That captain was a silly ass. He'd have made things lively for you.”
“It was you,” said I, “that saved me again.”
“That depends. You'll find this island an infernally rum place, I promise you. I'd watch my goings carefully, if I were you. He—” He hesitated, and seemed to alter his mind about what was on his lips. “I wish you'd help me with these rabbits,” he said.
His procedure with the rabbits was singular. I waded in with him, and helped him lug one of the hutches ashore. No sooner was that done than he opened the door of it, and tilting the thing on one end turned its living contents out on the ground. They fell in a struggling heap one on the top of the other. He clapped his hands, and forthwith they went off with that hopping run of theirs, fifteen or twenty of them I should think, up the beach.
“Increase and multiply, my friends,” said Montgomery. “Replenish the island. Hitherto we've had a certain lack of meat here.”
As I watched them disappearing, the white-haired man returned with a brandy-flask and some biscuits. “Something to go on with, Prendick,” said he, in a far more familiar tone than before. I made no ado, but set to work on the biscuits at once, while the white-haired man helped Montgomery to release about a score more of the rabbits. Three big hutches, however, went up to the house with the puma. The brandy I did not touch, for I have been an abstainer from my birth.