"Well, Captain Smollett, what have you to say? All well, I hope; all shipshape and seaworthy?"
"Well, sir" said the captain, "better speak plain, I believe, even at the risk of offence. I don't like this cruise; I don't like the men; and I don't like my officer. That's the short and sweet."
How would this treasure hunt have been different if Squire Trelawney had heeded the concerns of the captain instead of finding offence in his warnings?
Do we ever find offence when someone has the courage to disagree appropriately with us; when they warn us or try to help us see that we are on a course headed straight for disaster?