Cocktails in Literature #3 Hangman’s Blood | A Highwind in Jamaica
Even when people don’t speak the same language, alcohol is a powerful speaking and marketing tool.
Imagine you just plundered a navy ship full of children and rum. Now you have to sell your loot in a country where no one speaks your native language to survive. What do you do?
Captain Jonsen from A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes has a simple solution. Get everyone drunk. But he doesn’t do it with just any alcohol. domain name data He does it with a Hangman’s Blood, a compound of rum, gin, brandy, and porter that is designed to look exactly like a stout. Why? Because Captain Jonsen is making sure it’s the only thing on the menu—and the children he abducted from the ship he just ravaged? Well… they’re the ones serving it.
For a short while the sale does indeed go well, and people seem to be having the time of their life. But then the people get too drunk, and the solution seems to backfire. By the end of the night people are more concerned with passing out on the floor then with the auction itself.
At first, everything feels like its gone awry. But the party itself was enough to get the word out that Captain Jonsen did have valuable merchandise on board his vessel and by the end of the party a priest offers to buyout Captain Jonsen. But Captain Jonsen, drunk himself and tired of hosting, misses the opportunity and goes to sleep.
Alcohol is a powerful way to speak. Just don’t drink too much or opportunities will fly over your head.