Chapter 23

 

I found a large turtle on the beach on June 16th. I cooked it. Its meat was delicious.

I fell sick in the last week of June. I had a fever and I couldn’t get out of the bed. I was very afraid. I had horrible dreams because of the fever. I was too weak to get food or water.

I felt a bit better a few days later. I looked through my things and I found a few leaves of tobacco. I chewed some of them and put some in rum, which I then drank. Soon, I was feeling better.

On July 3rd, I was well again. I spent the next ten days by walking around the island. This exercise made me feel better. When I felt strong again, I decided to explore the whole island. I found new plains and meadows. Tobacco plants were growing there. I found melons and grapes the next day. I dried the grapes to have raisins.