The Man Who Laughs VICTOR HUGO BOOK 2 CHAPTER 17 The Last Resource Đây là một tác phẩm anh ngữ nổi tiếng với những từ vựng nâng cao chuyên ngành văn chương. Nhằm giúp các bạn yêu thich tiếng anh luyện tập và củng cố thêm kỹ năng đọc tiếng anh . | The Man Who Laughs VICTOR HUGO BOOK 2 CHAPTER 17 The Last Resource There was a hole in the keel. A leak had been sprung. When it happened no one could have said. Was it when they touched the Caskets Was it off Ortach Was it when they were whirled about the shallows west of Aurigny It was most probable that they had touched some rock there. They had struck against some hidden buttress which they had not felt in the midst of the convulsive fury of the wind which was tossing them. In tetanus who would feel a prick The other sailor the southern Basque whose name was Ave Maria went down into the hold too came on deck again and said -- There are two varas of water in the hold. About six feet. Ave Maria added In less than forty minutes we shall sink. Where was the leak They couldn t find it. It was hidden by the water which was filling up the hold. The vessel had a hole in her hull somewhere under the waterline quite forward in the keel. Impossible to find it--impossible to check it. They had a wound which they could not stanch. The water however was not rising very fast. The chief called out We must work the pump. Galdeazun replied We have no pump left. Then said the chief we must make for land. Where is the land I don t know. Nor I. But it must be somewhere. True enough. Let some one steer for it. We have no pilot. Stand to the tiller yourself. We have lost the tiller. Let s rig one out of the first beam we can lay hands on. Nails--a hammer--quick--some tools. The carpenter s box is overboard we have no tools. We ll steer all the same no matter where. The rudder is lost. Where is the boat We ll get in and row. The boat is lost. We ll row the wreck. We have lost the oars. We ll sail.