Because he is the narrator, Jim is central to the action of the plot. If anything, the men are honoring him, admitting him to their company as an adult. Jim is at first suspicious of the one-legged Silver, and especially so upon seeing Black Dog, whom he knows to be a pirate. But, at Hands' urging, Silver changes his mind and sends Dick to his secret keg for rum. Once the crew and the ship reach the island, everything will be markedly different. Once he found out that it was a treasure hunt, he was more upset because of the dangers involved.
Also in this chapter notice the use of coincidence in advancing the plot, as Livesey is conveniently having dinner with the squire just as Jim is arriving so there is no need for the pair to waste time trying to locate each other. Long John Silver is a very complex and contradictory character. As a ship's cook, the squire has engaged a one-legged old sailor named , who, in turn, found a crew of very tough sailors. Away to the south-west of us we saw two low hills, about a couple of miles apart, and rising behind one of them a third and higher hill, whose peak was still buried in the fog. .
Jim is worried and calls for his mother. While she is searching for the exact amount of money due to her, Jim hears the tap-tap-tapping of the blind man. 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. He explains that his former shipmates from Captain Flint's crew who is now dead want Captain Flint's sea chest. Others take on his duties, including the boatswain Job Anderson and the coxswain Israel Hands, a close companion to Silver. Robert Louis Stevenson, himself, claims that Treasure Island is merely a study in romance and adventure, and one should not analyze it very seriously.
Hands and Silver discuss their plans, Hands urging immediate action while Silver argues for patience; he says they need the captain's expertise and the map to get them safely to the treasure. Her courage, honesty, and stubbornness is also evident when she demands the precise amount of money owed her, even amongst the danger of the pirates at her door. Through Jim's eyes, initially, we see only one side of his dual personality. 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. Chapter 4 - Summary Jim tells his mother about his conversation with Billy and that the pirates are coming for the sea chest. Edward England was a historical pirate; he died in the early 1720s, and one of his companions, a one-legged man, is said to have been the model on whom Stevenson based the character Long John Silver. Supervisor Dance, the leader of the men, take Jim up on the horse of one of the riders to accompany them to Livesey's.
It is a threat of death. Then it was that there came into my head the first of the mad notions that contributed so much to save our lives. Another metaphor of the book is introduced in the first chapter, as well, is the metaphor of money. It occurred to me at once to go ashore. Another interesting aspect of this chapter is the use of domestic images to contrast between Jim's situation and the normal situation of other people. His hatred of Trelawney is based in envy. If this advice is not followed, he threatens to resign.
There all hands were already congregated. Silver is a shrewd observer of human behavior, and he trusts people to be what he sees they are. Captain Smollett, the squire, and Dr. But he gives Billy one glass of rum. Relations between Trelawney and Smollett are still somewhat strained, but the voyage proceeds normally. Port is the left-hand side of a boat, while starboard is the right-hand side.
Robert Louis Stevenson plays almost a game of balancing knowledge against ignorance. This is far different than the island, representing savagery, where unfamiliar and the strange will become a part of everyday life. One night, he disappeared, most probably, having fallen over the side of the ship when he was drunk. Livesey reside, Long John tells the story and the two gentlemen regretted that Black Dog escaped but agreed there was nothing to be done. Silver comes on board and complains that moving the powder and arms will waste too much time. This drama serves to heighten the already excited atmosphere and to foreshadow the future. Jim makes repeated mistakes, but he learns from them, which signals that he is maturing.
With his taking care of his mother and then his decision to personally deliver the papers which he knows to be extremely dangerous to Dr. As the three go to board the ship, Dr. Livesey thinks up ingenious plans, but only puts them into practice if they are safe and efficient. The squire, saying he has told no one about the map and the island, begins to bluster heatedly, but Dr. He has already signed on as ship's captain, and he will not resign on the basis of a mere hunch. There's a strong current runs along the south, and then away nor'ard up the west coast. He informs the pair that the ship will sail the next day.
Chapter 4 Summary At the death of Billy Bones, Jim immediately tells his mother everything about the strange men and the two quickly realize that they are in severe danger. His death, in this chapter, marks the end of the first movement of the story and motivates the second part. Because of his knowledge Captain Smollet asks Silver to look at a chart and identify the place the ship should anchor. Despite his credentials and valuable achievements in , Livesey is simply not charismatic. The narrator explains that Bill is on the bluffs and will likely return that evening. Billy appears sickened to see the blind man, who hands him a black spot, which Jim has learned represents an official secret pirate summons. Although the most prudent idea would be to get Dr.
They are sure that Squire Trelawney's servants will stand by them, but who else? Silver sees through Jim instantly, of course. Once they return to the ship, the men only grudgingly obey the orders because they are disappointed to be back on the ship. The men, of course, find Bill dead, and he and his chest already searched. Jim, too, is flattered by Silver's treating him like an adult, and after only a few minutes has convinced himself that this one-legged man cannot be the one whom Billy Bones paid him to look out for. Jim's father is weak an unknown cause and the reader realizes his death is eminent, the pirate is clearly watching for someone he does not want to see, the unknown contents of the treasure chest, all add to the mystery surrounding the novel, a tome that is established with exquisite skill.