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Pieces of Eight

Richard Le Gallienne

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .y it sounds all foolishness, but it's true for all that. Something or other'll come, mark my word—just when they think they've got their hands on it: a hurricane, or a tidal wave, or an earthquake. As sure as you live, something'll come; a rock'll fall down, or a thunderbolt, and somebody gets killed—And, well, the ghost laughs, but the treasure stays there all the same."

"The ghost laughs?" I asked.

"Eh! of course; didn't you know every treasure is guarded by a ghost? He's got to keep watch there till the next fellow comes along, to relieve sentry duty, so to speak. He doesn't give it away. My no! He dassn't do that. But the minute some one else is killed, coming looking for it, then he's free—and the new ghost has got to go on sitting there, waiting for ever so long till some one else comes looking for it."

[Pg 39] "But, what has this sucking fish got to do with it?" And I pointed to the red membrane already drying up in. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a good book that hasn't aged well. The story is fun and romantic and exciting, if you like turn of the century pirate tales aimed at boys, but many readers won't appreciate the explicit racism and imperialism that are baked into it.