But no, it will be better if I throw you into the sea whence I drew you out, and I will build a house on the shore to warn fishermen who come to cast their nets
here, against fishing up such a wicked genius as you are, who vows to kill the man who frees you.
And now the gave was started, and the nets
were filled with a variety of birds that deceived by the colour fell into the danger they were flying from.
While waiting for slack water, in which to lift their heavy nets
from the bed of the bay, the Chinese had all gone to sleep below.
Benjamin Pump was invariably the coxswain and net caster of Richard’s boat, unless the sheriff saw fit to preside in person: and, on the present occasion, Billy Kirby, and a youth of about half his strength, were assigned to the oars.
A long time was passed in this necessary part of the process, for Benjamin prided himself greatly on his skill in throwing the net, and, in fact, most of the success of the sport depended on its being done with judgment.
In place of the falling net were now to be heard the quick strokes of the oars, and the noise of the rope running out of the boat.
Opinions as to the result of their adventure were now freely hazarded by all the men, some declaring that the net came in as light as a feather, and others affirming that it seemed to be full of logs.
responded the steward: “ I say that, if that there net is foul, the devil is in the lake in the shape of a fish, for I cast it as far as ever rigging was rove over the quarter-deck of a flag-ship.
At this cheerful sound, Elizabeth strained her eyes and saw the ends of the two sticks on the seine emerging from the darkness, while the men closed near to each other, and formed a deep bag of their net.
The Fisherman took the net and the fish to the cave, a dark, gloomy, smoky place.
He put a hand as big as a spade into the net and pulled out a handful of mullets.
As he pulled each fish out of the net, his mouth watered with the thought of the good dinner coming, and he said: