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which Crusoe is bound, and cries, "fioor Robin, poor Robin Crusoe)."
Wind. Ey,! what are you at now! (^Turning on Nipcheese). ., iim
Nip. Me! I never opened my lips —this Island is haunted —and —
Wind. Haunted! pshaw!—none of your nonsense.
(Diego shews himself, and makes Crusoe and Ines understand his intention).
Block. This is the way he kept his reckoning, I suppose!
'Wind. We know that well enough; but look
aloft, tell us what's on the cross-trees. Block. " I came, to this, i —s—land— Wind. Island, you dunce !—I carne to this
Island," isn't that it? (To Nipcheese).
Nip. Yes, that's plain enough. I don't think
you'll leave it though in a hurry.
(Here the Parrot Jries off, and in passing Friday, who is on the watch near Ines, cries, "Friday, poor Friday)."
Wind. Again! you blackguard —
Nip. Zounds, don't be so savage—you won't believe me —but if this place isn't bewitched, I'm a Dutchman.
(The Mutineers tale a survey of the place, and examine their Captives).
Wind. All right! all's safe!—Go on. (Advancing again to the Inscription). What do all these pot-hooks and hangers stand for?
Nip. Let me try again—I can see much clearer than I could just now,—" I came to this Island September 30th, 1609, Robinson Crusoe."
Wind.'He has been on this station a-plaguy long time then.
Nip. Yes, but I think he has quitted his station by this time.
('During this, the Indians have encompassed the Captives—and slowly moved off with them-still concealed by the boughs J.
Swiv. (From the Rock). They return the signal,—-I see the launch and jolly-boat putting off.
Wind. That's well—be ready.—Ey 1 'sdeath and fire! where'are the prisoners?
All. The prisoners!
Nip. The prisoners! bless my soul, they are gone, sure enough! And the trees are gone too I Wind. Pursue instantly! Swiv. Keep your ground! I see them, they are protected by a swarm of Indians!
J&ind. Indians! pshaw! a single shot will disperse a thousand — follow me!
Nip. Follow! Hurra, my boys — hurra! Musrc —(Windlass, and the whole of the Mutineers rush out J.
—I'll remain here as a corps de reserve. (Shouting without). There's work! there's chopping and lopping! If they fire at random, they'll be sure to hit me! By the lord, they're coming back again! (He runs oj)).
Music. — (The Indians are seen flying before the Mutineers, and pass off—Robinson Crusoe and Ines enter, followed by Windlass—they combat—Crusoe, exhausted, is disarmed - Inei . arrests the blow of Windlass, and a struggle ensues—Friday enters, and encounters the Boatswain at the instant Pariboo starts fonvard to revenge himself on Crusoe—Pariboo is met.by Iglou—they engage each other with, Daggers, while Friday drives off Windlass, t£c. During this, Crusoe and Ines have been secured by Mutineers, and borne off.—Pariboo overcomes Iglou —Friday runs on at the moment, and throws himself before his Father.—Iglou recovers tlie Dagger which has been wrested from him, and the combat is renewed with ferocity. —Pariboo, is disarmed, but instantly snatches a Tomahawk 'from Iglou, and is at the point of dispatching him, when Friday returns with l/'ie Dog, who rushes upon the hostile Chief, and carries off the Weapon.—Pariboo flies, is pursued, and driven from the Rock into the Sea by Iglou.
l)iego, Ines, and Crusoe, brought in secured— Windlass and the Mutineers fronting them).
Diego. Perfidious villain! Wind. You sought our lives! prepare now to lose your own. Comrades, present—fire! Mut. No, no, no.
Swiv. Leave them to their fate, but spare their lives.
Wind. What! refuse! then my own hand shall — (Levelling a Pistol).
Music.—(The Indians rush on, headed by Iglou, and make a defence with their Shields before the Captives—Friday at the same moment dash~ ing the Pistol from the hand of Windlass).
Wind. Now will you assist—
[The Mutineers attack, and at the same instant the Crew of the Vessel, headed by Bluff, rush forward, cheering).
Bluff. Now, you damned dogs, we have "you. (i?e strikes down the Boatswain, and the MutirSe'ers drop their arms). Joy, Captain, jajH? I told you how 'twould be—the crew are true to a man, arid the ship's your own again.
Diego. Secure those miscreants till their fate "shall be determined. .
Music— (They form a Procession, and depart — IglQd, Friday, and the Indians marching in the front and rear).
':' G '' . SCENE IV.
A Picturesque View of the sea shore from beneath a shed built by Crusoe.—The Music still continues— Iglou and his Troop march in, and halt at the bach of the Scene,
Enter Diego and Ines, in great Joy, followed by Robinson Crusoe between Iglou and Fbiday.
Cru. Courageous Chief! and you, my ever faithful Friday! — well have you repaid my service; amply have you proved your gratitude!—In saving you, I have preserved the lives of those, far dearer than my own. (Embracing Ines). Now then, collect those memorials I selected, and prepare for my departure; your last act of duty is at length arrived.
Music.—^Friday starts, trembles, and skeics signs of grief). '.
I understand—but,. remember, I have found a. wife and son, you a father!
Music — (Friday intimates his affection to his Fa~ ther, but his wish to follow Crusoe).
-—His heart is with his parent,—his service with his master!—
(Friday turns from one to the other, and at length drops at the feet of Crusoe).
—Be happy then, we will never part! —Iglou, you lose him but for a time,—1 shall again revisit and reward my benefactors!
Enter Bluff, and the Mutineers, guarded by the Crew.
Bluff. Come, my lads, don't look so blank.— After all, it is but hanging, you know, and that can't happen twice in your lives! —They're as mule as stock fish! pretty fellows for Mutineers, an't you ?—I say, Captain, speak a word to 'em.
Cru. Let me pronounce (ToDlego). Wretched and misguided men, live!—and if you can, live peaceably, learn to appreciate that first of blessings—Liberty!—by enduring in this Island, the fate to which you had" devoted others —I leave it you, far different than I found it—you will possess every means of shelter, comfort, and protection !—Endeavour to deserve them, and you may yet be happy!
Enter Nipcheese, as the Mutineers go off.
Bluff. Ah, Master Nipcheese, are you above board yet?
Nip. Yes I am, to my very great astonishment. O, Captain! I hope you'll not leave me in this horrible island. Those rascals forced me into the plot, and if you'll take me once more into favour, you shall find me as honest a steward as ever had charge of a bread-room.
Bluff. He's chip in porridge, Captain, neither good nor harm: I'll answer for him, he'll never get into this scrape wiHingly.