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nay. it is not too mnch to say that, had all my goods been conferred on one individual, tbe rest would have been consumed with envy in consequence ; still, as nobody was to be the loser, even of his temper, by the manner of their disposal, they were agreeable enough that me and my jewels should be packed to Satan together, and applauded the chief's decision as heartily as the others.
But Ribut Bungat's strange order bore a different complexion in my eyes. What other object could he have in insisting that I carried
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my riches away with me, than that I should be benefited by them ? I knew the man too well to suppose that, from superstition, he would cast such valuables to the fishes. Evidently it was his desire that I should be saved; but how? I had no other friend on the island but himself, and he would not have the preparing the sampan for sinking ; and I could not dare hope that those to whom the job was entrusted would bungle in a way that would serve me.
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