Nothing would keep him on his perch; he must clamber
down, comment upon the pebble in the door (which he regarded as an ingenious but unsafe device), help John with the portmanteau, and enliven matters with a flow of speech, and especially of questions, which I thus condense:-
I had to clamber
down a shaft of perhaps two hundred yards.
He was opposite the forward end of the cabin, while I was attempting to clamber
aboard near the vessel's stern.
up that slim shaft without dragging Ja down and precipitating both to the same doom from which the copper-colored one was attempting to save me seemed utterly impossible, and as I came near the spear I told Ja so, and that I could not risk him to try to save myself.
I was just about to clamber
along the jagged rocks which lie at the base of the cliff next to the sea, in search of some foothold to the top, when I chanced to see a canoe rounding the end of the island.
Again the man shuddered, but he hastened to make fast the flier, clamber
again to its deck and lower it to the floor of the enclosure.