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 Sinbad the sailor 
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     Escape by Raft   (The Third Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor)

"Listen, my brothers," I said to my companions. "You know that there are plenty of driftwood along the shore. So Let us make a few rafts, and carry them to a suitable place. If our plan succeeds, we can wait patiently till there is a chance of some passing ship which would rescue us from this deadly island. If it fails, we must quickly take to our rafts; weak as they are, we have more chance of saving our lives with them than we have if we remain here."

All agreed with my plan, and did the same what I had advised to do. We spent the day in building rafts, each rafts was capable to carry three persons. At night, we returned to the castle, and very soon we saw that a giant came in, and one more of our number was decreased. But the time of our revenge was at hand! As soon  as he had finished his horrible feast he lay down to sleep, and when we heard him begin to snore I, and nine of the boldest of my companion, rose softly, and each took a spit, which we made red-hot in the fire, and then at a given signal we plunged it with one accord into the giant's eye, and completely made him blind.

Making a terrible cry, he leap to his feet grabbing in all directions to try to catch one of us, but we had all ran in different ways as soon as the plan was made, and thrown ourselves flat upon the ground in corners where he was not likely to touch us with his feet.

After a useless search he ruin about till he found the door, and fled out of it howling with fear. As for us, when he was gone we made haste to leave the deadly castle, and, moving ourselves beside our rafts, we waited to see what would happen. Our idea was that if, when the sun rises, we saw nothing of the giant, and no longer heard his cries, which still came faintly through the darkness, growing more and more distant, we should conclude that he was dead, and that we might safely stay upon the island and did not risk our lives upon the weak rafts. But alas! Morning light showed us our enemy coming towards us, supported on either hand by two giants nearly as large and fearful as himself, while a crowd of others followed close upon their heels.

Fearing no longer we went unto our rafts and sailed with all our might out to sea. The giants, seeing their prey escaping them, hold up huge rocks, and throwing into the water lob them after us with such good aim that all the rafts except the one I was on were drowned, we were unable to do anything to help them. Indeed I and my two companions had all we could do to keep our own raft away from the reach of the giants, but by idea of hard rowing we at last reached the open sea. Here we were at the mercy of the winds and waves, which tossed us to and fro all that day and night, but the next morning we found ourselves near an island, upon which we happily landed.

There we found delicious fruits, and having satisfied our hunger we presently lay down to rest upon the shore. Suddenly we were awaken by a loud rustling noise, and seeing that what it was, saw that it was caused by an giant snake which was moving towards us through the sand.

Suddenly at a moment we saw that it had caught one of my companion before he was able to rush from there, and inspite of his cries and struggles speedily crushed the life out of him in its mighty coils and proceeded to swallow him.
By this time my other companion and I were running for our lives to some safe place where we might hope to be safe from this new horror, and seeing a tall tree we climbed upon it, having first provided ourselves with some fruits from the surrounding bushes. When night came I fell asleep, but only to be awakened once more by the terrible snake, which after hissing horribly round the tree at last reared itself up against it, and finding my sleeping companion who was hanging just below me, it swallowed him also, and went away leaving me half dead with fear.




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