By the sound they must have been talking earnestly, and almost fiercely; but no distinct word came to my hearing. Speaking knowingly of the pirates, Ben Gunn convinces Jim almost that he wants to be of help to the squire's party in return for passage back to England — and that he'll be able to help. And now I began to feel that I was neglecting my business, that since I had been so foolhardy as to come ashore with these desperadoes, the least I could do was to overhear them at their councils, and that my plain and obvious duty was to draw as close as I could manage, under the favourable ambush of the crouching trees. There is no sight that any humans are on the island, but there is a repugnant smell and Dr. When I'm in Parlyment and riding in my coach, I don't want none of these sea lawyers in the cabin a coming home, unlooked for, like the devil at prayers. Trelawney, who took a watch but only in good weather , and the coxswain, , an experienced seaman and a close friend of Long John Silver.
Indeed, he seemed in the most cheerful spirits, whistling as he moved about among the tables, with a merry word or a slap on the shoulder for the more favored of his guests. All were strangely shaped, and the Spy-glass, which was by three or four hundred feet the tallest on the island, was likewise the strangest in configuration, running up sheer from almost every side and then suddenly cut off at the top like a pedestal to put a statue on. He represents the best of the civilized and practical world. Jim is also central to the plot because through the boy, the reader responds emotionally to what Jim is experiencing. He knew the passage like the palm of his hand, and though the man in the chains got everywhere more water than was down in the chart, John never hesitated once.
Feeling a little guilty for enjoying himself while his friends are in danger, Jim decides to get to work and eavesdrop on their conversation. Following this incident, Jim discretely tells Dr. Again, Stevenson makes good use of the notion of foreshadowing in this chapter. Tom tells Silver that Silver is his friend no more and starts to walk away. As a consequence of his absence, many people have taken over his job, including the boatswain, Job Anderson, Mr.
I had to cling tight to the backstay, and the world turned giddily before my eyes, for though I was a good enough sailor when there was way on, this standing still and being rolled about like a bottle was a thing I never learned to stand without a qualm or so, above all in the morning, on an empty stomach. The new captain of the ship is also the landlord, a tall, strong cheerful man whose left leg is missing and consequently the man moves with a crutch. He creeps closer and finds Silver addressing one of the sailors named Tom, trying to persuade him to join the mutineers. Silver decides to leave six men aboard the main ship and take the remaining thirteen with him. Treasure is a ticklish word. Livesey suspects that this is because of illness on the island. The island seems to be located somewhere in or near the Caribbean; the snake Jim sees and hears is a rattlesnake, a native to America as Stevenson, who had spent some time in California and Nevada, would have known.
More impressive, he tells, is that after this voyage, because of the money he has saved and the money he plans to garner from this voyage, he is going to retire and live like a gentleman. A red-faced crewman, Tom, declares he must do his duty to the captain. Long John Silver and Jim continue their easygoing relationship, and Jim is clearly in awe of the man not unlike many of the pirates on the ship. While in a boat, someone calls his name, Silver jerks his head around, and Jim begins to feel that his plan was a mistake. By ending the chapter on a note where Jim only tells us of the evil and warns us of the danger that he heard in the apple building, Stevenson again makes the book more adventuresome and scarier. The dialogue that the pirates use is some of the most colorful and deliberate of the entire book.
Jim, never having seen Bristol before, is enthralled by the sights, the sea, the tall ships, and the old sailors. Jim's telling of the adventure draws the reader into the fantasy world of the pirates and help. They are looking for something else left behind by Flint. Analysis The most symbolic figure in this chapter is the boy that Squire Trelawney has hired to help Jim's mother. Trelwney has selected to go on the expedition. There was nothing left for me but death by starvation or death by the hands of the mutineers.
Long John Silver, however, surprises Jim by being angry and upset over the sudden flight of Black Dog. When I came again to myself the monster had pulled himself together, his crutch under his arm, his hat upon his head. In the mean time, he has instructed his wife to sell his tavern and take his money to a clandestine location where Silver will meet her after the end of the voyage. Ben, a pirate himself when he sailed with Flint, has in his solitude returned to the piety of his youth; his mother warned him long ago he tells Jim that evil ways would bring him to grief, and he sees that they certainly have. Despite his credentials and valuable achievements in , Livesey is simply not charismatic. And Ben's claim that he is rich, which Jim ignores here, gives the reader although not Jim, apparently a clue to a mysterious circumstance that puzzles both Jim and Silver in a later chapter. This is far different than the island, representing savagery, where unfamiliar and the strange will become a part of everyday life.
Silver, agile as a monkey even without leg or crutch, was on the top of him next moment and had twice buried his knife up to the hilt in that defenceless body. If they none of them go, well then, we hold the cabin, and God defend the right. Nor was I deceived, for soon I heard the very distant and low tones of a human voice, which, as I continued to give ear, grew steadily louder and nearer. Clearly, Silver is much more calm, level, etc. Trelawney is again depicted as brash, hot-tempered, and a know-it all. The Hispaniola lists from side to side in the swell, and Jim, feeling seasick, begins to hate the very thought of Treasure Island.
It was as plain as day. The captain, however, concedes that so far, the journey has been better than he has expected and that the men have been behaved. The island, as they discover, has three hills, one higher than the surrounding two. In the meantime, Long John Silver steers the Hispaniola safely to the south side of the island. Although Jim knows the pirates are irresponsible and violent men, he looks up to them.
Jim asks the man his name, and the man replies that his name is Ben Gunn and that he has been on the island for three years. Jim is also fascinated by Silver's two-hundred-year-old parrot, which is named Cap'n Flint. Trelawney protests that this was not possible because he has not revealed it to anyone, and, naively, the narrator believes him. Six fellows were to stay on board, and the remaining thirteen, including Silver, began to embark. Smollett does not reveal what he knows about the planned mutiny. How My Shore Adventure Began. Squire Trelawney has already in Chapter 17 admitted his foolishness and apologized to Captain Smollett for it, and Smollett for his part has responded by taking part of the responsibility upon himself.