2009-05-28 : My favorite moment in Treasure Island
I read the book a while ago but this moment has stuck with me.
The pirate crew is on the trail to Flint's buried treasure. Ben Gunn is around, hiding, making like a ghost. He's scaring the crap out of the pirates - they are terrified of Flint, alive and dead.
"Waah!" say the pirates. (I'm paraphrasing.)
"Hold on," says one pirate. "I think I recognize that spectral disembodied voice. Is that ... Ben Gunn?"
"I think it is," says another.
"Oh, WELL," say the pirates. "Weren't none of us scared of Ben Gunn in his life, I don't see why we'd be scared of his ghost."
So they aren't.
I love that. It's such a practical superstition. Just being a ghost doesn't make Ben Gunn any more fearsome than he was, just the same as how being dead doesn't make Captain Flint any less fearsome.
1. On 2009-05-29, Arturo G. said:
2. On 2009-06-04, myrthe said: