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登陆In the midst of their consternation, every one being hopeless andready to despair, the captain, with tears in his eyes, told me theywere on a sudden surprised with the joy of hearing a gun fire, andafter that four more: these were the five guns which I caused tobe fired at first seeing the light. This revived their hearts, andgave them the notice, which, as above, I desired it should, thatthere was a ship at hand for their help. It was upon the hearingof these guns that they took down their masts and sails: the soundcoming from the windward, they resolved to lie by till morning.Some time after this, hearing no more guns, they fired threemuskets, one a considerable while after another; but these, thewind being contrary, we never heard. Some time after that againthey were still more agreeably surprised with seeing our lights,and hearing the guns, which, as I have said, I caused to be firedall the rest of the night. This set them to work with their oars,to keep their boats ahead, at least that we might the sooner comeup with them; and at last, to their inexpressible joy, they foundwe saw them.娱页版乐网详情