Treasure Island

Why is cheese so valuable to Ben Gunn?

Chapter 18

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Ben Gunn hasn't had cheese or many other things in the three years he's been marooned.... he dreams of it.

"Marooned three years agone," he continued, "and lived on goats since then, and berries and oysters. Wherever a man is, says I, a man can do for himself. But, mate, my heart is sore for Christian diet. You mightn't happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now? No? Well, many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese—toasted, mostly—and woke up again, and here I were."

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Treasure Island/ Chapter XV