186 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
pitch on the outside, we had a real watertight boat.
We had still two months in prospect before the rainy season, and we employed them in completing our abode in the grotto, with the exception of such ornaments as we might have time to think of during the long days of winter.
We plastered over the walls of the principal apartments on each side with the greatest care, finishing them by pressure with a flat, smooth board, and lastly a wash in the manner of the plasters in Europe.
All we had suffered during this season in the preceding year doubled the value of the comforts and conveniences with which we were now surrounded. We were never tired of admiring our warm and well-arranged apartments, lighted with windows, and well secured with doors from wind and rain, and our granary filled with more than a sufficient winter supply of food for ourselves and for our cattle. Instead of dreading the winter, we began to look forward to it.