by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island Chapter 7 Summary
I Go To Bristol
- So preparations begin for their sea voyage, but nothing goes quite as planned.
- Doctor Livesey goes to London to find another doctor to cover for him while he's away, and Squire Trelawney goes to Bristol to arrange for their ship.
- Jim is left behind to imagine what the map is going to lead them to.
- Finally he gets a letter from Squire Trelawney.
- The letter is addressed to Doctor Livesey, but there's a note that says Jim can open it if Doctor Livesey is away.
- Squire Trelawney has found them a ship. It's called the Hispaniola, named after the Caribbean island that's home to the modern states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
- Unfortunately, in hiring this ship, Squire Trelawney has also told everyone in Bristol that he's on a treasure hunt.
- Jim knows that Squire Trelawney's chattiness won't make Doctor Livesey happy.
- Tom Redruth, one of the squire's servants, who is reading the letter alongside Jim, thinks Squire Trelawney should be allowed to do whatever he wants since he's a squire.
- Jim reads on: Squire Trelawney has had some trouble finding a crew for the ship.
- One day, Squire Trelawney got lucky: an elderly sailor with one leg approached him.
- The man is a cook and wants to go out on one last sea voyage.
- The man tells Squire Trelawney that his name is Long John Silver.
- Squire Trelawney is impressed that the sailor has lost his leg in a British naval battle. He's sure that Long John Silver is honest.
- Long John Silver helps Squire Trelawney find the rest of the necessary crew, all tough-looking guys.
- In fact, Long John Silver is so very helpful that he convinces Squire Trelawney to fire two of the guys he had already hired because they seem to be "fresh-water swabs" (7.7) – in other words, bad sailors.
- Squire Trelawney seems to be in a great mood. He encourages Doctor Livesey to come down to Bristol as soon as possible, along with Jim and Tom Redruth, the servant.
- Squire Trelawney adds one small detail: his servant Blandly is going to send a search party after the Hispaniola if he doesn't hear from the squire and Doctor Livesey by August. It's now March.
- All in all, Squire Trelawney seems to be regarding this whole thing as a kind of game on the high seas, and he's very excited to get going.
- Finishing the letter, Jim is also thrilled. He's so excited that he despises the servant, Tom Redruth, for grumbling next to him.
- The next morning, Jim goes (with Tom Redruth as a guard) to the Admiral Benbow Inn to visit his mother one last time.
- Squire Trelawney has had the whole inn repainted, and his mother looks happy and comfortable.
- The next morning, Jim sets out on his first real trip away from home.
- Tom and Jim arrive at Bristol the following morning.
- Squire Trelawney is staying at an inn near the docks.
- The smell of the sea fills Jim with exciting dreams of sailors and voyages and distant places.
- Squire Trelawney appears in front of Jim all dressed up like a naval officer.
- He announces that they are going to set sail the next day.
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