on this being translated to him, scowled angrily.
"Tell him it is of no use his scowling at me, Soh Hay. I am not doctoring him for my own amusement, but for his good, and because he is the father of that little child."
The chief, when this was translated to him, lay without speaking for two or three minutes, and then said quietly, "Tell the doctor I am sorry; he is right, and I have been foolish. I will stay till he says I may go."
Four or five days later the chief was allowed to get up and to walk quietly up and down the deck, and a week afterwards the doctor said, "You can go now, chief, if you desire it; but you must be content to keep quiet for another couple of months, and not make any great exertions or move quickly. How long will it take you to go up the river to your home?"
"Six days' easy paddling."
"Well, that is in your favor; but do not travel fast. Take it quietly, and be as long as you can on the voyage--lying in a canoe is as go
Blessed few typo's. "Malay" story plot ok, but writing stilted. The several short stories following are better done.
Perhaps a better title for this collection of short stories might be Tales of Heroic Adventure, as only the leading text actually deals with pirates.
I quite enjoyed the stories, they're easy to read, yet quite compelling. Geographically they range all over. The first in the jungles of Malaya, then sailing off the stormy coast of Britain, rebel armies India, gold rush North America. Henty manages to capture the feeling of each region though his charcters, their hardship, and localised accents with jargon in the dialogue.
His tales are definately directed at a younger audience - at times there's great battles, guns and knives and spears... but rarely does anyone significant get mortally injured.
Overall this is a great book, you can pick it up, read a story, then switch to something else for a few days before coming back for further adventure.