Treasure island chapter 13 summary

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Chapter 13

13. How My Shore Adventure Began
THE appearance of the island when I came on deck next morning was altogether changed. Although the breeze had now utterly ceased, we had made a great deal of way during the night and were now lying becalmed about half a mile to the south-east of the low eastern coast. Grey-coloured woods covered a large part of the surface. This even tint was indeed broken up by streaks of yellow sand-break in the lower lands, and by many tall trees of the pine family, out-topping the others--some singly, some in clumps; but the general colouring was uniform and sad. The hills ran up clear above the vegetation in spires of naked rock. 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.

The HISPANIOLA was rolling scuppers under in the ocean swell. The booms were tearing at the blocks, the rudder was banging to and fro, and the whole ship creaking, groaning, and jumping like a manufactory. 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.

Perhaps it was this--perhaps it was the look of the island, with its grey, melancholy woods, and wild stone spires, and the surf that we could both see and hear foaming and thundering on the steep beach--at least, although the sun shone bright and hot, and the shore birds were fishing and crying all around us, and you would have thought anyone would have been glad to get to land after being so long at sea, my heart sank, as the saying is, into my boots; and from the first look onward, I hated the very thought of Treasure Island.

We had a dreary morning's work before us, for there was no sign of any wind, and the boats had to be got out and manned, and the ship warped three or four miles round the corner of the island and up the narrow passage to the haven behind Skeleton Island. I volunteered for one of the boats, where I had, of course, no business. The heat was sweltering, and the men grumbled fiercely over their work. Anderson was in command of my boat, and instead of keeping the crew in order, he grumbled as loud as the worst.

"Well," he said with an oath, "it's not forever."

I thought this was a very bad sign, for up to that day the men had gone briskly and willingly about their business; but the very sight of the island had relaxed the cords of discipline.

All the way in, Long John stood by the steersman and conned the ship. 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.

"There's a strong scour with the ebb," he said, "and this here passage has been dug out, in a manner of speaking, with a spade."

We brought up just where the anchor was in the chart, about a third of a mile from each shore, the mainland on one side and Skeleton Island on the other. The bottom was clean sand. The plunge of our anchor sent up clouds of birds wheeling and crying over the woods, but in less than a minute they were down again and all was once more silent.

The place was entirely land-locked, buried in woods, the trees coming right down to high-water mark, the shores mostly flat, and the hilltops standing round at a distance in a sort of amphitheatre, one here, one there. Two little rivers, or rather two swamps, emptied out into this pond, as you might call it; and the foliage round that part of the shore had a kind of poisonous brightness. From the ship we could see nothing of the house or stockade, for they were quite buried among trees; and if it had not been for the chart on the companion, we might have been the first that had ever anchored there since the island arose out of the seas.

There was not a breath of air moving, nor a sound but that of the surf booming half a mile away along the beaches and against the rocks outside. A peculiar stagnant smell hung over the anchorage--a smell of sodden leaves and rotting tree trunks. I observed the doctor sniffing and sniffing, like someone tasting a bad egg.

"I don't know about treasure," he said, "but I'll stake my wig there's fever here."

If the conduct of the men had been alarming in the boat, it became truly threatening when they had come aboard. They lay about the deck growling together in talk. The slightest order was received with a black look and grudgingly and carelessly obeyed. Even the honest hands must have caught the infection, for there was not one man aboard to mend another. Mutiny, it was plain, hung over us like a thunder-cloud.

And it was not only we of the cabin party who perceived the danger. Long John was hard at work going from group to group, spending himself in good advice, and as for example no man could have shown a better. He fairly outstripped himself in willingness and civility; he was all smiles to everyone. If an order were given, John would be on his crutch in an instant, with the cheeriest "Aye, aye, sir!" in the world; and when there was nothing else to do, he kept up one song after another, as if to conceal the discontent of the rest.

Of all the gloomy features of that gloomy afternoon, this obvious anxiety on the part of Long John appeared the worst.

We held a council in the cabin.

"Sir," said the captain, "if I risk another order, the whole ship'll come about our ears by the run. You see, sir, here it is. I get a rough answer, do I not? Well, if I speak back, pikes will be going in two shakes; if I don't, Silver will see there's something under that, and the game's up. Now, we've only one man to rely on."

"And who is that?" asked the squire.

"Silver, sir," returned the captain; "he's as anxious as you and I to smother things up. This is a tiff; he'd soon talk 'em out of it if he had the chance, and what I propose to do is to give him the chance. Let's allow the men an afternoon ashore. If they all go, why we'll fight the ship. If they none of them go, well then, we hold the cabin, and God defend the right. If some go, you mark my words, sir, Silver'll bring 'em aboard again as mild as lambs."

It was so decided; loaded pistols were served out to all the sure men; Hunter, Joyce, and Redruth were taken into our confidence and received the news with less surprise and a better spirit than we had looked for, and then the captain went on deck and addressed the crew.

"My lads," said he, "we've had a hot day and are all tired and out of sorts. A turn ashore'll hurt nobody-- the boats are still in the water; you can take the gigs, and as many as please may go ashore for the afternoon. I'll fire a gun half an hour before sundown."

I believe the silly fellows must have thought they would break their shins over treasure as soon as they were landed, for they all came out of their sulks in a moment and gave a cheer that started the echo in a far- away hill and sent the birds once more flying and squalling round the anchorage.

The captain was too bright to be in the way. He whipped out of sight in a moment, leaving Silver to arrange the party, and I fancy it was as well he did so. Had he been on deck, he could no longer so much as have pretended not to understand the situation. It was as plain as day. Silver was the captain, and a mighty rebellious crew he had of it. The honest hands--and I was soon to see it proved that there were such on board--must have been very stupid fellows. Or rather, I suppose the truth was this, that all hands were disaffected by the example of the ringleaders--only some more, some less; and a few, being good fellows in the main, could neither be led nor driven any further. It is one thing to be idle and skulk and quite another to take a ship and murder a number of innocent men.

At last, however, the party was made up. Six fellows were to stay on board, and the remaining thirteen, including Silver, began to embark.

Then it was that there came into my head the first of the mad notions that contributed so much to save our lives. If six men were left by Silver, it was plain our party could not take and fight the ship; and since only six were left, it was equally plain that the cabin party had no present need of my assistance. It occurred to me at once to go ashore. In a jiffy I had slipped over the side and curled up in the fore-sheets of the nearest boat, and almost at the same moment she shoved off.

No one took notice of me, only the bow oar saying, "Is that you, Jim? Keep your head down." But Silver, from the other boat, looked sharply over and called out to know if that were me; and from that moment I began to regret what I had done.

The crews raced for the beach, but the boat I was in, having some start and being at once the lighter and the better manned, shot far ahead of her consort, and the bow had struck among the shore-side trees and I had caught a branch and swung myself out and plunged into the nearest thicket while Silver and the rest were still a hundred yards behind.

"Jim, Jim!" I heard him shouting.

But you may suppose I paid no heed; jumping, ducking, and breaking through, I ran straight before my nose till I could run no longer.


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The next morning the ship has floated to the south-eastern part of the island, and they can see hills and pine trees with the Spy-glass rising up strangely from among them. The Hispaniola lists from side to side in the swell, and Jim, feeling seasick, begins to hate the very thought of Treasure Island.

The island is described vividly in this passage, reminding us of how eager Jim was to reach such novel, exciting places. That he’s unable to enjoy it now speaks to just how much he’s learned about the dangers awaiting him.

Jim decides to help row one of the boats to land, and is made nervous by the way the crew is now grumbling. They row to shore, where there is no breeze and a strange smell of rotting—Dr. Livesey sniffs and declares that fever is certainly present.

Jim knows that the crew has planned to mutiny once they’ve arrived at the island, but he doesn’t know exactly when or how it will happen, so he’s constantly on edge.

Silver is the only cheerful one, as if he’s masking the others’ discontent. Jim, Smollett, the squire, and the doctor reconvene in the cabin that evening. Smollett proposes they allow the men to go ashore for the afternoon: if they all go, they can fight; if only some go, Silver will surely pacify them and bring them back aboard without anything coming to a head. They tell Hunter, Joyce, and Redruth (the faithful sailors) of the plan, and then the captain announces to the hands that they’re permitted to go ashore.

It’s difficult for Jim and his friends to know how to respond—whether they acknowledge anything to be awry or not, or how long they wait before mounting a defense themselves. They can be confident that at least a few of the sailors aboard the ship will remain loyal to them, and yet for now all they can hope to do is buy some time to make longer-term plans.

Thirteen men leave, with Silver, while six remain aboard. Jim realizes that with six enemies still aboard, they cannot hope to fight and keep the ship, while since it is only six, he himself isn’t needed—so he can go ashore as well. He quickly rows to the beach, jumps out, and races into the island.

Jim, in turn, is completing his own kinds of calculations. He is motivated both by a genuine desire to help out the captain and his friends, and by an innate sense of curiosity that propels him onto the island.

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CHAPTER 13: How My Shore Adventure Began


In the morning, Jim sees the island has changed in appearance. He sees most of the island is covered with grey colored woods and tall pine trees. There were hills rising up above the vegetation and the rock named Spy-glass is the tallest by several hundred feet. It is a steep spire with it's top bluntly cut off

The Hispaniola is swaying and creaking in the strong ocean swells. The look of the island and the general atmosphere that enveloped the whole morning make Jim hate the island from the very first sight.

Lots of work awaits the men on board. The ship is anchored 3 to 4 miles away from the island. They have to launch their small boats to guide the ship through the narrow channel to the safety inside the reef and it will take several hours. The heat is unbearable and so is the attitude of the men when they reach the island. The Hispaniola is anchored with able help from Long John Silver, who is familiar with the island. Dr. Livesey senses a strange stagnant smell hanging over the place.

Jim says that the crew was turning exceptionally rude and disobedient except Long John Silver who is in high spirits. The Captain called his trusted group to the cabin to discuss the events. Plans are made to give charge to Silver as a precautionary measure, the reason being to avoid a mutiny, as Silver has a good command over his men and is as anxious for the treasure as the Captain and his men. Loaded pistols are distributed to Hunter, Joyce and Redruth, whom the Captain feels can be trusted above all.

The Captain addresses the crew and gives them permission to take the boats to the island. The men soon come out of their sulky temperament and cheer up.

This Captain decides to retain his six honest men on the ship and gives Silver the control of the others. Jim decides to go the shore alone. He quickly slips off and races ahead of other men. Long John Silver notices this and calls out to Jim. But as Jim's boat is better manned, he leaves them behind and reaches the island first, quickly disappearing into the thick vegetation.


The chapter opens with a description of the island through Jim’s eyes.

This chapter also contains one of the most romantic pieces of writing by Stevenson. When he is writing about the island his detailed description conjures vivid images in the reader's mind. The reader is able to note that the author loves nature. For example, when he explains the grey, melancholy woods, wild stone spires, voice of the shore birds fishing and crying, the thunderous sound of the surf lashing against the rocks, the thick foliage, , rivers emptying into a pond, clean sand, etc., this detail transports you to Skeleton Island.

This view of the island though doesn't give Jim pleasure and he hates it. And when the ship is anchored, the doctor senses a fowl smell, like rotten vegetation. This only means that the atmosphere of the island is unhealthy. Jim says that the conduct of the men changes drastically once they reach the inner anchorage. The signs of disagreement and quarrel have already started showing up, except for Long John who is in high spirits, cheering up everybody, working hard, and singing song after song. This attitude disgusts Jim very much.

Taking stock of the worsening situation, the Captain calls a meeting and decides to appoint Silver to control the crew, so that the crew will remain calm. Hunter, Joyce and Redruth are taken in the Captain's group and given loaded pistols. Then the Captain grants permission to the men to go to the island.

The Captain slips off, leaving Silver in charge of the crew. He decides to have his six men on the ship.

The Captain slips off, leaving Silver in charge of the crew. He decides to leave six of his trusted men on the ship. When it occurs to Jim that he is not needed in the cabin, his adventurous instinct starts ticking. He slips off the deck, gets into a small boat and heads to the island. Silver notices this and calls Jim back. Jim ignores his call and makes his way to the island. Here we see a rebellious Jim who exults in his newly found freedom.

As the chapter ends, Stevenson quickly prepares Jim for another adventure, keeping the mood and tone of the story intact.

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Chapter Summary; Part 1, Chapter 1: The narrator, Jim Hawkins, begins his story about Treasure Island with a brief explanation. After wandering for a while, he hears voices and decides it must be some of the mutineers. (including. THE appearance of the island when I came on deck next morning was altogether changed. Part 4: The Stockade Chapter XVI - Chapter XXI. The ship has approached it from the northeast at the end of Part II. The doctor returns to the boat. It seems uninhabited except for "dumb brutes and fowls" and the occasional snake. The account, he says, is bei... Read More: Part 1, Chapter 2: One frosty January morning, while the captain is out for a stroll, a stranger comes to the inn looking for a man named B... Read More: Part 1, Chapter 3 Jim hears voices. Chapter 13 - How I Began My Shore Adventure The Hispaniola is brought to anchor off Skeleton Island and Jim volunteers to join a rowboat headed to scout the island. Smollett tells the others to stay inside, as it could well be a trick, and to keep a look out on all sides. Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. Although the breeze had now utterly ceased, we had made a great deal of way during the night and were now lying becalmed about half a mile to the south-east of the low eastern coast. By crossing a swamp, Jim believes he has escaped from Silver and thus can relax and enjoy exploring the mysterious island. • As the doctor thinks over plans at the stockade, he hears the cry of a man on the verge of death, the same cry Jim heard in Chapter 14. Watch Queue Queue. Analysis. Jim comes to a broad, steaming marsh within sight of the Spy-glass hill and, moments later, hears voices, one of which is Silver's. Mr. Arrow turns out to be even worse than the captain feared: he's unable to command the crew, drinks heavily, and eventually disappears, believed to have fallen overboard. Treasure Island Chapter 14 Summary. Analysis. Having escaped Long John Silver, Jim is free to explore on the island. Silver’s servant says that “Cap’n Silver” has come to make terms. Black Dog Appears and Disappears. This video is unavailable. Treasure Island: Novel Summary: Part 3. Year Published: 1883 Language: English Country of Origin: England Source: Stevenson, R. L. (1883).Treasure Island. Hunter, the servant who was knocked unconscious during the fight, dies in the night. The men appear mutinous, and the captain suggests giving them an afternoon ashore. Performance & security by Cloudflare. Long John Silver pilots the boat, showing a close knowledge of the route. Tom jumps and reaches out his hand to Long John Silver. Search. I … After a few months, the initial money for lodging ran out and Jim's father was too afraid to ask the stranger for more money, a worry that the narrator believes led to his premature death. This sailor, though, refuses, even (or especially) once he learns that Silver has already killed another crewman, Alan, for refusing to switch sides. • Subscribe my channel and press the bell Icon so you can get more it chatting videos LitCharts Teacher Editions. Tom asks what that sound was. Jim crosses a marsh and reaches sandy terrain, with a craggy peak in the distance. Cloudflare Ray ID: 63e087b2ae42b388 Jim becomes depressed because the island looks dark and melancholy. Robert Louis Stevenson He was born the 13th of November in 1850 in Scotland and died the 3rd of December in the year 1894 in Samoa, probably of a cerebral haemorrhage. Still, he is able to make the most out of his decision to sneak ashore by once again spying. They're like having in-class notes for every discussion!”, “This is absolutely THE best teacher resource I have ever purchased. "Its influence is enormous on popular perceptions of pirates, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders. Jim is both appalled by Silver’s sudden violence and amazed at Tom’s bravery: both are extremes of adult behavior with which he’s not yet familiar. Chapter 10 - The Voyage After spending all night preparing the ship, the crew of the Hispaniola set off on their voyage. Tom tells Long John Silver he must be feeling guilty about something, to be so afraid of Tom. It struck poor Tom, point foremost, and with stunning violence, right between the shoulders in the middle of his back. Loading... Close. Chapter 14 - The First Blow Jim explores the wilds of Skeleton Island, excited by the freedom and solitude. If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices. One day, an old man came to our door. Outside the stockade it’s just Silver and another pirate. Please enable Cookies and reload the page. Jim has stumbled in on a scene of attempted treason: Silver is trying to convince Tom that he should switch sides and support Silver over Captain Smollett. If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. \Studyworld\ Studyworld Studynotes \ Treasure Island: Chapters 13, 14, and 15. Treasure Island is a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1882. The doctor declares that the captain should not “walk nor move his arm” (208) for weeks due to his wounds. Chapter 1 Jim Hawkins’ Story I My father had an inn near the sea. Struggling with distance learning? Treasure Island Chapter 14 Summary. “Would not have made it through AP Literature without the printable PDFs. Summary. Summary Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis. Mr. Arrow, first of all, turned out even worse than the captain had feared. Feeling a little guilty for enjoying himself while his … He had no command among the men, and people did what they pleased with him. For the first time, Jim lacks any kind of a plan, no matter how ill thought-out, and so he really begins to panic—another reminder that he is so much younger than everyone else and trying to deal with new, shocking realities on his own. Jim, however, was significantly less terrified of the pirate than everyone else. Meanwhile they hear a scream. The narrator of the story is a boy named Jim Hawkins, whose father owns the Admiral Benbow. Watch Queue Queue. Jim begins the story by recounting his first meeting with a ragged but imposing old seaman, Billy Bones, who shows up at the Admiral Benbow, the inn Jim’s father owns. Treasure Island 2. Jim’s carefree feelings of excitement and novelty cede, soon enough, to a new anxiety that he’ll be discovered by those he now knows to be his enemies. The doctor tells the captain and the squire his plans involving hiding out in the stockade. Instant downloads of all 1428 LitChart PDFs London, England: Cassell and Co. Chapter 1 – Summary As asked by Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and others, Jim Hawkins, a young boy of approximately 12 years tells the story about Treasure Island. Jim decides on the spur of the moment to join one of the boats bound for the island. Grey-coloured woods covered a large part of the surface. Courage, Adventure, and Pragmatism. Summary. With a cry John seized the branch of a tree, whipped the crutch out of his armpit, and sent that uncouth missile hurtling through the air. Long John Silver leaps backwards out of reach and demands that Tom keep his hands off. Once he catches sight of the Spy-glass, he hears a noise, and realizes that the ship-mates must be close. The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. SUMMARY OF TREASURE ISLAND Jim Hawkins is a 13 year-old boy who lives with his mother very quietly in Devon at an Inn called The Admiral Benbow. Excited, he explores the unknown land with its strange plants and snakes. Skip navigation Sign in. You may need to download version 2.0 now from the Chrome Web Store. In Chapter 14 of Treasure Island, what two reasons does Jim Hawkins have for staying hidden from Long John Silver and his men? His hands flew up, he gave a sort of gasp, and fell. 3. He is being hunted down by his old pirate shipmates who give him “the black spot” which causes him to have a heart attack and die. Proud of himself for giving the pirates “the slip,” Jim sets out to explore the island. The local physician, Dr. Livesey, deduces that the map is of an island where the pirate Flint buried a vast treasure. An old pirate called Billy Bones comes to rent a room at the inn. Deception, Secrecy, and Trust. \\ home \ Treasure Island: Chapters 10, 11, and 12. Summary. I now felt for the first time the joy of exploration. Chapter 14. On the far side of the open stood one of the hills, with two quaint, craggy peaks shining vividly in the sun. 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Chapter 7


This part begins while Jim is staying at the Hall, the squires' estate, supervised by old Redruth, the gamekeeper, while Dr. Livesey is in London finding someone to take over his practice and Trelawney is in Bristol finding a ship and crew. A letter comes from Trelawney, indicating that the ship, the Hispaniola, is ready to sail. Jim is troubled by the fact that Trelawney has let everyone in Bristol find out about their treasure hunt. Trelwaney writes that he has purchased a ship. As a ship's cook, the squire has engaged a one-legged old sailor named Long John Silver, who, in turn, found a crew of very tough sailors. Trelawney instructs Jim to go visit his mother before coming to Bristol. Jim is thrilled by the news and goes the next day to the Admiral Benbow to say goodbye to his mother. The squire fixed dup the inn and found a boy to take Jim's place at his mother's side. Feeling sad at the realization that he is leaving home, Jim is extremely critical of the boy.

The next day, Jim and Redruth travel to Bristol by coach. Jim, never having seen Bristol before, is enthralled by the sights, the sea, the tall ships, and the old sailors. In front of an inn, they come upon Squire Trelawney, who is dressed like an officer and has adopted the walk of a sailor. He informs the pair that the ship will sail the next day.


The most symbolic figure in this chapter is the boy that Squire Trelawney has hired to help Jim's mother. It is not until Jim sees this boy, whom he treats very harshly, that he realizes that he is indeed going to be gone for a prolonged period of time. The boy symbolizes Jim's childhood and the fact that no longer will he merely be a help at the family's inn, but he has been forced to grow up through circumstances that were of no fault of their own. The boy, therefore, represents what Jim used to be, something that he cannot return to.

In this chapter, again, Robert Louis Stevenson is a master of using foreshadowing in order to increase the suspense of the novel. Several clues are dropped that indicate to the reader that treachery is ahead of the adventure seekers. Readers can infer that Flint's desperate crew has realized that Trelawney has the treasure map, since the squire has not kept it secret. In addition, readers can guess that the sailor with one leg, Long John Silver, is probably the same one-legged seaman that Billy Bones worried about.

Another foreshadowing element is added to the plot when Trelwaney informs the others that Long John Silver probably wants to sign on as a cook to get away from his wife "of color." This comment is not only racist, but can also be viewed as a sign that Long John Silver is actually a pirate, since readers of Robert Louis Stevenson's day would know that pirates often had their headquarters in the islands of the Caribbean, which had a large black population, and often married the women of the islands.

Chapter 8


At the beginning of this chapter, the squire sends Jim to the "spy-glass" to deliver a note to the new captain of the ship, Long John Silver. In stark contrast to the inn, Jim notices the cleanliness and brightness of the tavern. 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. Jim harbors suspicions that the man he is sent to look for might be the one-legged man that Billy Bones was wary of, but upon meeting him, he is assured by his calm, cheerful manner that this is not the same man. Suddenly, out of the corner of his eye, Jim sees Black Dog run out of the tavern. Again, his suspicions that Long John Silver is the same pirate that Billy Bones was so terrified of resurface. Long John Silver, however, surprises Jim by being angry and upset over the sudden flight of Black Dog. He sends someone to catch him and then sets off to see Livesey and the squire, promising to report the incident to them.

As Long John Silver and Jim proceed to meet the other two, Silver "made himself the most interesting companion," talking about the sea and various other things. By the end of the chapter, Jim was convinced that he was the "best of possible shipmates." When they get to the inn where the squire and Dr. Livesey reside, Long John tells the story and the two gentlemen regretted that Black Dog escaped but agreed there was nothing to be done. As the three go to board the ship, Dr. Livesey admits to being very impressed with John Silver.


In this chapter, the reader gains his first introduction to Long John Silver, a famous passage in literature. Silver is initially presented with considerable economy of words "His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under the left shoulder he carried a crutch . . he was very tall and strong with a face as big as a ham - plain and pale, but intelligent and smiling. 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." Not only is Silver himself drawn with real conviction, but the ambiguity which is inseparable from his character is present from the moment that we meet him. Notice, even from his personal description, he is both "plain and pale" and "intelligent and smiling," two contradictory sets of descriptions.

Through Jim's eyes, initially, we see only one side of his dual personality. Silver appears to be physically weak because of the loss of one of his legs, but notice in his description that Jim never describes him as weak or incapable of movement, instead he describes Long John Silver as a hero, through a boy's eyes, someone ho is capable, competent, engaging, and extremely nice to the young boy. Long John Silver, in this chapter, begins to develop a bond with Jim that is again akin to a father-son relationship. At first, as demonstrated in this chapter, Jim is naïve about the glory of Long John Silver but soon this attitude will change.

Again, Stevenson makes good use of the notion of foreshadowing in this chapter. With Jim's original suspicions that Long John Silver is associated with Black Dog and is the one-legged pirate that Billy Bones feared, it places a certain amount of doubt in the reader's head as well. As Jim dismisses this notion, the reader dismisses, but does not forget, as well.

Chapter 9


Finally, after much anticipation, Jim gets to board the Hispaniola, and meets Mr. Arrow, a old sailor who is the ship's mate. Soon after boarding, Jim realizes that all is not well between Mr. Trelawney and the captain of the ship, Captain Smollett.

The first thing that Captain Smollett makes it clear that he is unhappy with both the cruise and the men that Mr. Trelwney has selected to go on the expedition. Confused, the doctor intervenes and concocts that the reason that Captain Smollett is angry is for two reasons. First, he was not told the reason behind the expedition but all his hands were. Once he found out that it was a treasure hunt, he was more upset because of the dangers involved. Second, he was upset because he was not able to choose his own crew. He believes that the first mate is far too friendly with the crew, "soft," to have proper authority over the rest of the crew. At the conclusion of this conversation, in order to scare the men and make them believe that this is a dangerous trip, the captain reveals that he has overheard the exact longitude and latitude identified on the map. Trelawney protests that this was not possible because he has not revealed it to anyone, and, naively, the narrator believes him.

After his dire predictions, Captain Smollett proceeds to give advice about how the ship should be set up. If this advice is not followed, he threatens to resign. First, he demands that all of the squire's men should live together near the squire's cabin, and that the firearms and ammunition be placed under the cabin. Trelawney, not happily, reluctantly agrees to the captain's wishes but Livesey believes that both the captain and Long John Silver are "honest men."

Finally, Long John Silver comes on board as the men have changed the ship to meet the captain's wishes. Long John Silver, however, interrupts and says that if the ammunition is changed they will miss the morning tide. Angrily, the captain orders the cook, Long John Silver, to prepare supper, and for Jim to help him.


This chapter's primary purpose within the book is to increase the suspense. Again, Stevenson uses foreshadowing to accomplish this purpose. The basic warning in this chapter is Smollets' apprehension about the crew and the fitness of the pirates, that the crew is too soft, and that too many people know about the location of the treasure. This foreshadowing creates suspense, the goal of this type of novel. Another aspect of suspense is the ending of the chapter on a high note, making the reader want to turn the page and begin the next chapter.

The other major addition to the book from this chapter is the further characterization of Trelawney, Livesey, and the captain, and the addition of their characterizations to the eventual theme of the struggle between good and evil. Trelawney is again depicted as brash, hot-tempered, and a know-it all. In contrast, Livesy, through the excellent use of dialogue, is even tempered, perceptive, and intelligent. The Captain is depicted as someone who is blunt and tactless, but overall, as someone who is honest, businesslike, and someone who knows how to lead a successful mission.

Historical background is also important in this chapter, as it is throughout the next few chapters. First, fore and aft describe the forward and rear ends of the sip, the bow and the stern; astern means towards the rear-end. Port is the left-hand side of a boat, while starboard is the right-hand side. The forecastle of the boat is the section of the upper deck located at the bow. Finally, a schooner is a ship with two or more masts that are fore-and aft rigged.

Chapter 10


In this chapter, Jim is introduced to the handwork that accompanies sea work. All night, he slaves to help the crew get the boat ready to sail in the morning. As the boat gets ready to sail, Long John Silver begins a rambunctious version of Billy Bones' song "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest."

This chapter is a count of the majority of the voyage to the island, and the narrator explains for brevity sakes, he only recounted the highlights of the voyage. Apparently, the first significant thing that happened on the trip was that the first mate, Mr. Arrow, was useless because he was always drunk. One night, he disappeared, most probably, having fallen over the side of the ship when he was drunk. As a consequence of his absence, many people have taken over his job, including the boatswain, Job Anderson, Mr. Trelawney, who took a watch (but only in good weather), and the coxswain, Israel Hands, an experienced seaman and a close friend of Long John Silver.

Although he only has one leg, Long John Silver (whose nickname is Barbeque) moves around the ship thanks to ropes and contraptions that are set up. At times, he uses rope around his neck to carry his crutch with him as he travels to and fro on the contraptions. Jim notices that Long John Silver has befriended all on the ship, doing favors for them in order to make them indebted to him. He is extremely well liked, and as the coxswain tells Jim, he is courageous and well educated. Throughout this time, the captain and the squire get along no better than they did in the previous chapter. The captain, however, concedes that so far, the journey has been better than he has expected and that the men have been behaved. He is still upset, however, that the squire treats the crew too nicely and that they will eventually not be able to do their jobs.

As the ship approaches the island, Jim is not allowed to reveal the exact location of the island but everyone anticipates landing and finding the treasure. Jim, wanting an apple, goes searching in the apple barrel. Although the apples are gone, he falls asleep in the apple barrel. When he awakes, he was in for a surprise: he heard Silver's voice. All that the narrator tells us at the conclusion of the chapter is that he realized the safety of all the "honest men" aboard depended upon his escaping safely.


The symbolic nature of the pirates' nickname for Long John Silver, "Barbeque," deserves attention in this chapter. This name is indicative of a familiarly and personal attachment which some of the pirates, as well learn later in the book, have experienced. Not only does Silver's power reign on the sea (despite his handicaps), he also successful tends to the customers and the kettle over the fire in his enterprise on the sea. During this chapter, Israel Hands admits an uncanny reverence for the man, something that was quite surprising. Jim's own relationship with Silver also points to the duality of his character; he is far from the one-dimensional pirate that the word usually conjures, but instead, a "dual character."

The ship, the Hispanolia, is a major symbol and representative of some of the themes in the book as well as the only transportation of the crew. The ship serves in this chapter, as in the novel, as a mechanism between savagery and civilization. It is the in-between stage between the romantic notion of adventure and the reality that will set in once those onboard reach the island. Stevenson accomplishes this task by the everyday routine of the ship being impinged on by the picturesque and the unfamiliar on the familiar. This is far different than the island, representing savagery, where unfamiliar and the strange will become a part of everyday life. The ship is also a contained space that does not easily allow intrusion (like the secluded inn and the island), a theme in the settings of this romantic adventure.

Another interesting aspect of this chapter is Jim's relationships with both Long John Silver and 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). He is especially impressed that he "treated him like a man." This relationship is countered by Jim's relationship with the hatred. Although neither the captain nor Jim ever give a reason for it, there is clearly hatred between the two characters. This is interesting, especially given the fact that Long John Silver will turn out to be the more evil of the characters, and the captain, although authoritarian at times, is clearly the more respectable figure.

Also contained within the pages of this chapter are the building of suspense and the use of chapters in order to further heighten the reader's apprehension. 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.

Chapter 11


As this chapter opens, Jim is still in the apple barrel and overhears Long John Silver telling someone else stories about the time he served as Captain Flint's quartermaster. Excitedly, he remembers that he lost his leg at the same time that the pirate Pew lost his sight, in an explosion of gunfire. As he is bragging about his previous exploits, Silver begins to recruit the youngest sailor aboard, calling himself a "gentleman of fortune." Jim is offended that he uses the same words to lure the youngest pirate that he used to gain Jim's friendship. Silver tells the young pirate that the life of a pirate is rough and risky, but worth it because of the great wealth there is to gain. 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. 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.

In rough pirate dialogue, a far cry from the language he used when flattering Jim, he brags that he is even more feared than the famous pirate Flint. With these words, the young sailor (named Dick), agrees to become a pirate.

After this conversation, Israel Hand, a despicable man, joins Silver and Dick, inquires when Silver plans the mutiny. Silver's plans to exploit both Captain Smollett's skill at "setting a course" and the squire's and doctor's knowledge of the location of the treasure. The plan is to take the ship over, killing those on board who are not with the pirates, in order that Silver can return to live his perfect life as a gentleman.

At this point in the chapter, Silver orders Dick to get him an apple which scares Jim to death. Luckily, Jim is saved when someone suggests that they have a drink of rum instead. Finally, after the men have their drink, Dick leaves and Silver and Hand discuss the fact that this is the last sailor that will join, a fact that implies that there are still some honest sailors left onboard. At the conclusion of the chapter, Jim sees a bright moon and someone cries, "Land Ho!" because Treasure Island is finally within sight.


The dual personality of Long John Silver, something that has been hinted at in the previous parts of the book, is finally revealed in this chapter. Hawkins's attitude towards Long John Silver, becomes not one of reverence and awe, but instead, instantly, one of repugnance, as he remarks, "I think, if I had been able, that I would have killed him through the barrel." He feels betrayed, not only by Long John Silver's involvement with the pirates, but also because of the betrayal of their personal relationship between the Silver and Jim. Jim is most disturbed by the use of the same language that Silver used to talk to him that Silver uses to lure the new young pirate. This turn in the relationship between Silver and Jim marks another significant change in the book, a point at which Jim must again leave behind his childhood and grow up.

The most important literary technique in this chapter is the use of dialogue. The dialogue that the pirates use is some of the most colorful and deliberate of the entire book. For example, consider this scene, a superb use of pirate speech: "Billy was the man for that," said Israel. "Dead men don't bite.' Says he. Well, he's dead no his self; he knows the long and short on it now; and it ever a rough hand come to a port, it was Billy." "Right you are," said Silver; "rough and ready. But mark you here, I'm an easy man - I'm quite the gentleman, says you; but this time it's serious. Dooty is dooty, mates. I give my vote - death. 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. Wait is what I say; but when the time comes, why, let her rip!"

The theme between the struggle of good and bad is also set up most brilliantly in this chapter. While there have been hints in the book, like the hints of Long John Silver's true character, in this chapter the true nature of the pirates and their plan of mutiny, as revealed through their dialogue, clearly predicts the future conflict between the "good" and the "bad" on the boat. In addition, Jim's worries that the future of the honest men on the boat also set up this paradigm of conflict between good and bad that will eventually come to pass.

Chapter 12


Saved by the discovery of Treasure Island, Jim is able to escape from the apple barrel and joins the other in perusing the island. The island, as they discover, has three hills, one higher than the surrounding two.

At this point, Long John Silver admits that he has been on the island before, claiming that he was there as a cook on trading shop that was forced to stop on the island for water. While there, he claims that he learned the pirates' names for places on the island and offers to help the captain find the best place to anchor. He claims that the best place is an islet denoted as Skeleton Island, and that the previously identified highest hill is called Spy-glass, since it was the pirate's lookout. Because of his knowledge Captain Smollet asks Silver to look at a chart and identify the place the ship should anchor. Jim, astutely, recognizes that Silver merely wants to look at the chart in order to find out where the treasure is buried, but luckily, from Silver's disappointment, it is clear that the mark that Silver looks for was not on the map. During this time, Silver speaks to Jim and gives the boy a pat on his back, a friendly gesture, Jim coils inside and finds it extremely difficult to hide his feelings. Following this incident, Jim discretely tells Dr. Livesy that he has terrible news and asks that the doctor, squire, and captain meet in the cabin for him to tell them this news.

In the cabin, Jim tells the gathered group the terrible news that he overheard. Immediately, the squire apologizes to the captain, acknowledging that the captain was right from the beginning of the expedition. The doctor, however, explains that only Long John Silver's authority has kept the crew from showing any signs of the coming mutiny to this point. The captain realizes that the rest of the men must proceed like they know nothing or risk immediate mutiny. When the men least expect it, they will attack. They also realize that they must know who will be on their side. From the initial count, it seems only six grown men and a boy will be against nineteen other men. At the conclusion of the chapter, the squire and the doctor tell Jim that they are relying on him to learn more about the pirate's plan.


At this point in the book, it is relevant to consider the fact that Robert Louis Stevenson used real men from history to model the pirates from. Although he is a larger than life creation, Long John Silver was inspired by the pirate Henly. Having lost a leg, Henly provided a physical disability that would become an integral part of pirate lore. Many critics also believe that Silver's surname was suggested while he was on his honeymoon, part of which was spent at the Silverado mine in California. Other characters might have also had historical precursors, including Ben Gun (Benjamin Gunn of Rio Pun go), Blind Pew (Thomas Pew, admiral of the pirate fleet at Madagascar), and Darby McGraw (Darby Mullins, who was hanged with Captain Kidd in the early 18th century).

Another theme of the book becomes clear in this chapter, as the crew learn of the pirates planned mutiny. Robert Louis Stevenson plays almost a game of balancing knowledge against ignorance. First, the reader and Long John Silver's gang know the truth, while Jim and his friends remain in ignorance; then Jim and his friends learn the truth about silver's gang, but still Silver and his gang do not know that Jim and his friends know. Careful balance between knowledge and ignorance greatly enriches the possibilities of suspense, and Stevenson makes good use of the opportunities that he provides himself.

The role of the narrator, Jim, is also evident in the actions of the last two chapters. Because he is the narrator, Jim is central to the action of the plot. For example, it is through his overhearing the conversation in the apple barrel that the plot has taken another twist. Because Jim is a boy, he is small enough to escape depiction at many points and thus can learn more than the other characters can. Jim is also central to the plot because through the boy, the reader responds emotionally to what Jim is experiencing. For example, in this chapter, when Jim is trying to conceal his anger at Silver's touch, the reader learns of the cruelty of the pirate and the feelings of a young boy at trying to conceal his hatred and anger for the safety of the honest men aboard the ship.

Chapter 13


Jim is seasick as this chapter begins, and is sickened at the sight of the island, which is not what he expected. As the men row the boats through a narrow passage, because the wind is still and they need to man the boat, Jim notices that discipline has been relaxed because they are so near Treasure Island. There is no sight that any humans are on the island, but there is a repugnant smell and Dr. Livesey suspects that this is because of illness on the island. Once they return to the ship, the men only grudgingly obey the orders because they are disappointed to be back on the ship. Only Long John Silver is willingly to cheerfully obey the orders, and advises his colleagues to do the same.

Realizing that the men's mood might lead to immediate mutiny, the captain allows the men to go ashore. Long John Silver, however, leaves six men on board the ship so that the six honest men cannot overtake the ship. At the last second, Jim slips into one of the boats in order that he can go ashore as well. When the boat reaches the shore, Jim hears Long John Silver call his name and in order to avoid detection, runs off as fast as possible, ignoring Silver's call.


Part III, that this chapter begins, marks another departure in the mood of the island. No longer are they in route to the island, and thus in between savagery and civilization, but the savagery that represents the island is beginning to creep into the narrative. Once the crew and the ship reach the island, everything will be markedly different. The fact that the men no longer want to obey their orders immediately when they get to the island is the first sign that savagery, instead of civilization, will dominate the action in this part of the world.

In the last few chapters, much more distinguishing characteristics have been given to Long John Silver. Clearly, Silver is much more calm, level, etc. than the rest of the pirates, especially the hot-tempered Pew or what we know of Flint. In the coming clash between good and bad, the evil and the honest, the only character who is ambivalent is Long John Silver, who is both good and bad. Although Jim thinks at this point in the narration that he is completely evil, Long John Silver is not like the rest of the pirates and will show that he is morally ambiguous, representing neither the good nor the bad.

The other thing that is worth noting is the description and setting of this chapter. As Jim describes the grayness and wildness of the tresses and the cliffs, the "poisonous brightness" of the foliage, and especially the smell of death on the island, the overwhelming mood that is set is one that suggests despair, death, and disease. Above all, it is not only sad but also sinister.

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Treasure Island Chapter 15 the man on the island

Summary: Chapter XIII

The weather is sweltering when the ship approaches the island. The crew is clearly discontent and irritable. Dr. Livesay tells the men that they could be at risk of contracting tropical diseases while on the island. As Silver has an excellent knowledge of the geography of the island, he tells Captain Smollett of a suitable place for dropping anchor. Smollett hides his knowledge of the planned mutiny. After he has consulted with Trelawney, he decides that he will let the crew go ashore for some diversion. This will let the honest men take back control of the ship.

Smollett brings Tom Redruth and a number of other sailors into his confidence. He provides them with weapons. Silver brings the pirates ashore, assuming that they will be able to take the treasure right away. Jim decides that his help is not required on board. He conceals himself in one of the pirates’ boats so that he can go ashore with them. Silver sees Jim, however, and the latter starts to regret his plan. Jim gets to the shore before the others and runs away from them quickly.

Summary: Chapter XIV

Jim is surprised to hear voices nearby as he surveys the island. He carefully approaches and sees Silver talking to Tom, one of the sailors. He is trying to convince him to join with the mutineers. Silver indicates that Tom’s life is riding on the decision that he makes. However, Tom politely but firmly says he will not join. Suddenly, there is a piercing scream coming from far away. Tom is very much alarmed by this. Silver coldly declares that the noise must have been made by Alan, another honest sailor who declined to join with the mutineers.

Tom says that Silver is no longer his friend and tries to walk away. Silver throws his crutch at the man’s back, causing him to fall down. He then makes his way over and kills him using a knife. Jim is horrified and frightened. He recognizes that there is no way for him to get back to the ship without being seen and killed. Jim begins to run more deeply into the island.

Summary: Chapter XV

After fleeing the pirates, Jim glimpses a human figure in the woods of the island. He is afraid that it could be a cannibal. He suddenly recalls that he is armed, though, and musters up the courage to briskly walk in the direction of the man. The figure is hiding behind a tree. Jim asks the man for his name. the man says that he is called Ben Gunn and that he has been stranded on the island for three years. Jim asks whether Ben was shipwrecked. Ben explains that he was marooned. The man speaks in a strange manner that seems deranged. He makes a number of religious allusions. Jim thinks that Ben may have gone mad.

Ben asks whether the ship that is moored on the shore is Flint’s. Jim recognizes that the man may possess information that could find useful. Jim finds out that Ben was once part of Flint’s crew and that he therefore knows all of the mutineers. Ben was abandoned on the island after a treasure hunt failed a few years earlier. Jim finds out that after Flint buried his treasure, he murdered all six of the men who assisted him in burying it. Ben also says that he built a boat. He keeps it concealed under a white rock. He tells Jim that he can find the treasure in return for a safe journey home. Ben guides Jim to his dwelling. While on the way there, Jim is surprised to see the Union Jack. This is the flag of the gentleman sailor. It is waves proudly.


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