It was in vain that Ada Reis thus reasoned; he was not only made king, but obliged to witness the most cruel sacrifices which celebrated his accession. Cruel as he was, the sight of so much severity disgusted, though it did not touch him. He had been for a time entertained with the knavery, the theft, the sluggishness, the gross superstition of his new subjects; but all his desire now was to escape from them. He resolved to leave these wretched creatures and his palace, or rather his hut, and to return, if possible, to civilised society: but he was so watched in all his motions by his priests and adherents, that, without making use of a stratagem, he found it difficult / to make his escape. He therefore pretended sickness, and shut himself up entirely in his palace for several months: during which time he amused himself in writing, with the juice of a fruit, the remainder of his journal, venting his rage, and execrating Kabkarra for having deceived him in the very fulfilment of his promise.