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Treasure Island

Treasure Island Summary

At the start of Treasure Island, Jim Hawkins is living with his mother and father at their inn, the Admiral Benbow. Life is pretty ordinary – Jim's father is sick, which sucks, but other than that, there isn't much going on for him. Until, that is, a sunburned sailor singing, "Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!" comes through the front door of the family establishment. This sailor calls himself a captain and demands a room. He proceeds to settle down at the Admiral Benbow Inn, drink a ton of whiskey, and tell terrifying stories about life on the high seas.

One day, after an old shipmate named Black Dog manages to track down the captain, he gets so worked up that he has a stroke. The captain starts hallucinating and raving about his old life as a pirate. Apparently, the captain isn't a captain at all: his name is Billy Bones, and he was second in command to someone named Captain Flint. Jim doesn't have much time to care about the captain's crazy talk, though: his father dies that same night.

The day after Jim's father's funeral, a blind man appears at the Inn looking for the captain. This man is Pew, and he orders that the captain meet his old shipmates at 10 o'clock that night. The blind man leaves, the captain jumps up, and then he falls over dead from a heart attack. After some shenanigans with Pew and a bunch of pirates who try to steal Billy Bones's sea chest, Jim comes away with a packet of papers from Billy Bones. He decides to bring the papers to Doctor Livesey, the local judge.

Jim finds Doctor Livesey at the squire's house (a squire is a local lord). The squire is Mr. Trelawney. Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney both agree that Captain Flint is a famous pirate and that Jim's packet of papers must contain a treasure map to Flint's fortune. Squire Trelawney offers to put up the money for a sailing voyage to the island shown on the map, since who doesn't want to go hunting for treasure? So it's decided: Squire Trelawney is going to go to a coastal town in England right away to hire a ship and a crew, and then Doctor Livesey will come down to accompany him on their quest. Jim gets to go, too, as cabin boy.

While Squire Trelawney is looking for a crew for their voyage, he finds a delightful man, an old cook with one leg named Long John Silver who willingly volunteers to help him choose his crew. Squire Trelawney is really impressed by Long John Silver's manner and intelligence, so he basically hands over the hiring duties to him. Squire Trelawney also finds a nice ship, the Hispaniola, and a captain, Captain Smollett. Squire Trelawney asks one of his servants, Mr. Blandly, to stay behind and send another ship after them in August if Mr. Blandly sees no signs of them before then.

And they're off! Jim is having the time of his life, even though he has to work hard. But things take a bad turn one night when Jim climbs down into an apple barrel on deck to get the last piece of fruit and finds himself falling asleep in the dark space. He wakes up to overhear Long John Silver talking to a young sailor, Dick Johnson, trying to persuade Dick to join Long John Silver and his men. Long John Silver knows exactly where the Hispaniola is heading, because he used to be part of Captain Flint's crew as well!

Jim realizes that the crew is just biding its time until they reach the island, when the sailors plan to rise up against Captain Smollett, kill all the non-pirates, and steal Captain Flint's treasure. As soon as the coast is clear, Jim climbs out of the barrel and runs and tells Captain Smollett, Doctor Livesey, and Squire Trelawney what he has overheard.

When the Hispaniola arrives at the island (check out this map to get a sense of what it looks like), the mood of the crew is clearly growing ugly. But they don't actively mutiny (remember, the crew doesn't have the map, and they also don't have Captain Smollett's sailing skills). Captain Smollett offers them all a round of drinks and sends two-thirds of the crew onto the island to stretch their legs. When the crew is ashore, he and Doctor Livesey ambush the remaining six sailors (including Israel Hands, one of the leaders of the sailors) and lock them below decks. Then they go ashore to find a better place to set up headquarters, a place with fresh water (which the ship doesn't have) that can still be defended. They find an abandoned fort and set up there after a brief fight with a group of surprised crewmen.

Jim, meanwhile, has slipped ashore with the pirates and gone off exploring on his own. He is totally astonished to find a man on the island, Ben Gunn, who sailed with Captain Flint. Ben was marooned on the island three years earlier, so he's a little nutty, but he agrees to help Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey in exchange for a thousand British pounds, freedom, and some cheese. As Jim and Ben talk, they hear the sounds of a fight. Jim hurries through the forest to find that his friends have taken control of an old fort on the island. So he slips into the fort to tell them what he has discovered about Ben Gunn.

After a battle with the pirates, Jim sees Doctor Livesey head into the forest to consult with Ben Gunn. Jim hatches his own plan: he's going to find the tiny boat Ben Gunn mentioned to see if it might be helpful to them. Jim knows that he wouldn't be allowed to do this if he asked, but he slips away from the fort anyway and goes off to explore.

Jim finds the little boat and suddenly gets another great idea: he's going to set the Hispaniola adrift from its anchor so that the pirates can't control the ship. Jim rows out to the ship, cuts the line attaching it to its anchor, and watches it get caught in the current. There are only two men aboard the ship, Israel Hands and a man named O'Brien. The two are in the middle of a furious fight when the Hispaniola starts to move, so they don't react quickly enough to stop Jim.

Jim eventually manages to get on board the Hispaniola again. He sees that Israel Hands has murdered O'Brien, but he has also been badly injured. Israel Hands isn't strong enough to steer the ship by himself, so he and Jim strike a deal to bring the ship around to the secluded North Inlet of the island to beach it safely. Once they arrive at the North Inlet, Israel Hands tries to murder Jim, but Jim gets in a lucky shot, and Israel Hands falls dead into the sea below. Jim climbs down from the ship, wades to shore, and climbs back up to the fort.

It's now the middle of the night and too dark to see what is going on, so Jim is completely surprised to find the pirates, and not his friends, waiting at the fort. Long John Silver prevents the other pirates from killing Jim. Long John Silver is playing a complicated game: first of all, Long John Silver is confused. He can't figure out why Doctor Livesey and everyone just abandoned the fort, nor can he work out why Doctor Livesey gave Long John Silver the treasure map. But Long John Silver is dealing with dissatisfaction from his own pirate crew, who are angry that they haven't found the treasure and now the ship is gone. Long John Silver is sure the pirates are going to rise up against him if he shows his confusion or any sign of weakness. So he keeps Jim close to him – he wants Jim to stand as witness that he saved Jim's life if he ever comes to trial.

Doctor Livesey comes by the fort as part of their truce and treats the injured and sick pirates. Jim manages to get word to him that Long John Silver seems to be flipping sides and that Jim has beached the Hispaniola on the north end of the island. Doctor Livesey warns Long John Silver that there will be trouble if he goes to look for the treasure, and then Doctor Livesey heads off into the forest.

Long John Silver uses the treasure map to lead Jim and the remaining pirates (Dick Johnson, Tom Morgan, George Merry, and two more guys) to the place marked on the map. They find that the treasure has already been dug up! That's why Doctor Livesey was willing to give them the map – it isn't worth anything anymore. With this disappointment, the pirates turn on Long John Silver. They're about to charge, when suddenly three shots ring out from the forest. It's Doctor Livesey, Abraham Gray, and Ben Gunn. Knowing that the pirates were going to look for the treasure with Jim in tow, the three men decided to follow them through the forest to rescue Jim (and Long John Silver, since he helped save Jim's life). Three pirates survive the ambush (Dick Johnson, Tom Morgan, and a third) and run off into the forest.

And that's pretty much it. All that is left is wrapping up. It was Ben Gunn who dug up the treasure and moved it to his cave, two months before the Hispaniola even arrived at the island. They all carry the treasure back to the beached Hispaniola, leave some supplies for the pirates they are planning to abandon on the island (check out "What's Up With the Ending?" for more on this morally gray choice), and sail away. The only men left on the Hispaniola are Doctor Livesey, Squire Trelawney, Jim Hawkins, Abraham Gray, Ben Gunn, and Long John Silver. Long John Silver slips away from the ship as soon as they dock at a nearby port to restock their crew and supplies. Ben Gunn gets his thousand pounds as a reward for his help and then spends it all and winds up a beggar again. Abraham Gray, the loyal sailor, saves his money and starts a good life. And everyone else gets plenty of treasure. The end!

  • Chapter 1

    The Old Sea-dog at the Admiral Benbow

    • Squire Trelawney, Doctor Livesey, and others have asked Jim Hawkins (our hero and first-person narrator) to write down his adventures.
    • So Jim is going to start where it all began: at the Admiral Benbow inn, owned by Jim's father.
    • One day, a tall, ragged, suntanned sailor walks into the inn.
    • He is singing a song: "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest – Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!" (1.2).
    • The man asks Jim's father if they get many customers. When he hears that business is slow, he decides to stay at the inn.
    • Even though the man's clothes are ragged, his manner is proud and commanding. He tells Jim's father he is a captain, but he won't say much more about himself.
    • He spends all day looking out at the sea through his telescope and spying on the few sailors who pass through the area.
    • The captain takes Jim aside and promises to pay him an allowance each month if Jim will help him keep an eye out for a one-legged sailor.
    • The captain tells terrible stories about the violent life on the high seas, which terrify and fascinate all the men of the neighborhood.
    • The captain keeps staying at the Admiral Benbow inn long after his money runs out. Jim's father is too afraid to ask him to leave.
    • Jim's father is sick, and one evening Doctor Livesey comes by the inn to see him.
    • After seeing Jim's father, Doctor Livesey sits talking to Taylor, the gardener.
    • The captain is singing as usual – the same old song about the "dead man's chest."
    • The captain signals for the whole inn to be quiet, and everyone shuts up except Doctor Livesey.
    • The captain tells Doctor Livesey directly to be quiet.
    • Doctor Livesey asks if the captain is talking to him.
    • When the captain says yes, Doctor Livesey tells him that if the captain doesn't knock off drinking so much rum, the world will have one less "very dirty scoundrel" (1.14) in it. (Oooh, snap!)
    • The captain jumps up and draws a knife.
    • Doctor Livesey doesn't bat an eyelid. He just warns that captain that if he doesn't put the knife away, he'll hang for it.
    • The captain knuckles under, grumbling.
    • Doctor Livesey warns that he's going to keep an eye on the captain from now on.
    • Doctor Livesey is also the local magistrate (kind of like a judge). If he hears any complaints about the captain, he's going to have him thrown out of the district.
    • Doctor Livesey rides away, and the captain continues to sit quietly.
  • Chapter 2

    Black Dog Appears and Disappears

    • The winter is bitter cold, and Jim's father is dying.
    • One January morning, the captain is sitting at the beach with his telescope on his arm.
    • Jim is setting the breakfast table when a pale man missing two fingers on his left hand comes in.
    • The man sits down, orders a rum, and asks Jim about a friend of his named Bill, who has a cut on his right cheek.
    • Jim answers that they know a man like that, whom they call the captain.
    • The man asks where the captain is and Jim says he'll be coming back to the inn soon.
    • The man physically pushes Jim into another room and makes him hide behind a door.
    • The man half draws his sword and stands waiting in silence for the captain.
    • The captain walks in at last, strolling straight for the breakfast table.
    • The man calls out, "Bill," and the captain whirls around, paling.
    • The captain gasps out the man's name: "Black Dog!"
    • Black Dog invites the captain to sit down and share some rum like proper shipmates.
    • Jim clears out of the room, but soon he hears a few things: the captain says if anyone's going to hang, they should all hang.
    • Then Jim hears the captain swearing a lot, and Black Dog comes running out with the captain hot on his heels. Their swords are both drawn, and Black Dog is bleeding.
    • Black Dog is fast enough to run away, leaving the captain looking confused.
    • The captain orders rum and collapses on the floor.
    • Jim's mother is worried that the inn is going to be disgraced by this fight.
    • Doctor Livesey has arrived at the inn to treat Jim's father. He realizes that the captain has had a stroke.
    • Doctor Livesey bleeds the captain to try to improve his circulation.
    • The captain wakes up and asks where Black Dog is.
    • Doctor Livesey says there's no Black Dog there, and then warns the captain that he'll die if he keeps drinking so much rum.
    • Doctor Livesey leaves after recommending that the captain stay in bed for a week.
  • Chapter 3

    The Black Spot

    • Jim comes in with medicine for the captain.
    • The captain begs Jim for some rum.
    • Jim agrees because he doesn't want the captain to make a fuss and disturb Jim's poor father.
    • The captain keeps raving about getting "the black spot" (3.16) because Black Dog and some other friends of his want the captain's old sea-chest.
    • The black spot is a summons – a demand to appear.
    • The captain was actually a first mate (the second in command on a ship) to someone he calls "old Flint" (3.16). He adds that he's the only one who knows the place – what place, we don't know yet.
    • The captain also drops a hint about "a seafaring man with one leg" (3.16) who is the worst of all.
    • Jim's father dies suddenly that night, and Jim forgets all about the captain's confessions.
    • The captain comes downstairs the next day and continues on just as usual, drinking even more rum than before his stroke.
    • The day after Jim's father's funeral, a blind man appears at the inn.
    • The blind man asks Jim for his hand to guide him inside.
    • Once the blind man has hold of Jim, he grips him hard and demands to be taken to the captain.
    • The blind man is twisting Jim's arm so hard Jim is afraid it will break.
    • Jim leads the blind man to the captain.
    • The blind man demands that the captain hold his left hand out.
    • The blind man presses something into the palm of the captain's left hand. Then he leaves the inn.
    • The captain exclaims, "Ten o'clock [...] Six hours" (3.36). The captain wants to go find Doctor Livesey.
    • The captain jumps up, grabs his throat, then falls to the ground.
    • Jim runs for his mother, but it's too late: the captain has died.
  • Chapter 4

    The Sea-chest

    • Jim tells his mother all about the captain's last words.
    • They decide to go together into town to look for help.
    • They're shocked that no one will go back with them to the Admiral Benbow. They are all too afraid, especially hearing the name of Captain Flint.
    • The most anyone is willing to do is to ride to Doctor Livesey's to let him know what has happened.
    • Jim's mother tells them they're all cowards and announces her intention to go back to the inn and open the captain's sea-chest.
    • Jim's mother expects the chest to be full of treasure, at least some of which the captain owes her for his lodgings.
    • They creep slowly into the parlor of the inn, where they find the captain lying exactly where they left him.
    • Jim finds a piece of paper blackened on one side (the black spot!), which says that the captain has until ten that night.
    • The clock has only just struck six.
    • Jim finds the key to the chest hanging around the dead captain's neck.
    • Jim's mother unlocks the chest.
    • They find a bunch of random things – clothes, a compass, a few trinkets, and coins from many different places.
    • Jim's mother starts counting out the amount she's owed from these spare bits of change.
    • Suddenly Jim hears the tapping of the blind man's stick outside; it approaches and then seems to go away.
    • Jim's mother is afraid, but she won't stop carefully counting the money. She refuses to just take it all.
    • Then both Jim and his mother hear a low whistle.
    • Jim's mother decides to take what she has. Jim also grabs a bunch of what seem to be papers.
    • They both sneak downstairs and out the back door.
    • They can see a lantern and hear approaching footsteps.
    • Jim's mother tells Jim to take the money because she's going to faint.
    • Jim is sure they are both going to be murdered.
    • Jim grabs his mother and helps her down underneath a nearby bridge to hide from sight.
  • Chapter 5

    The Last of the Blind Man

    • Jim sneaks up to the riverbank next to the road that leads to the inn's door.
    • He sees seven or eight guys running towards the inn.
    • Three of them break down the door.
    • The blind man seems to be the leader.
    • One of them reports to the blind man that the captain is dead.
    • The blind man orders them to search his body.
    • They find the chest empty; whatever they were looking for isn't there.
    • The blind man yells that it must have been Jim who took it.
    • The men start to search the house.
    • Another low whistle comes from the hillside, warning the men that someone is coming.
    • The blind man refuses to let his men leave, since he thinks the whistler ("Dirk") is a coward.
    • The men start to fight with the blind man: they've gotten some gold from the captain's chest and they don't want to hang around waiting for the police.
    • The blind man is furious and starts hitting the men with his cane.
    • The noise of their fighting distracts them from the sound of approaching horses.
    • A pistol shot sounds as a final warning of danger, and all of the pirates manage to get away.
    • The only one who can't escape is the blind man, who runs out onto the road calling after his comrades: "Johnny, Black Dog, Dirk" (5.29) and others.
    • In the confusion, the blind man runs straight under the hooves of the riders. They try to stop, but they can't in time. The blind man is killed instantly.
    • Jim's mother is fainting. The riders bring her into the house and she soon regains consciousness.
    • It turns out the riders are revenue officers – also known as tax collectors – whom the guy who rode out to find Doctor Livesey brought back with him.
    • The supervisor of these officers, Mr. Dance, rides on to try to find the rest of the pirates, but he can't.
    • The inn is ruined: everything is smashed and broken, and Jim can see that he and his mother are out of business.
    • Everyone is confused about what the pirates could have been looking for.
    • Jim thinks he has it: the packet of papers he put in his breast pocket while he and his mother were searching the chest.
    • Mr. Dance offers to take it.
    • Jim wants to give it to Doctor Livesey.
    • Mr. Dance immediately agrees (since Doctor Livesey is a local judge, after all), and offers to bring Jim with him when he reports the incident to Doctor Livesey and the squire, who is a local leader in the system of England's landed gentry. ("Gentry" means people of high birth and social class.)
    • So Jim and Mr. Dance set out to Doctor Livesey's house.
  • Chapter 6

    The Captain's Papers

    • Doctor Livesey isn't at home.
    • Jim and Mr. Dance find Doctor Livesey at the squire's house.
    • The squire is named Mr. Trelawney.
    • Mr. Dance tells Squire Trelawney the whole story about the men who invaded the Admiral Benbow Inn, Jim and his mother running away, both of them heading back on their own when the villagers wouldn't help, and the fortunate arrival of Mr. Dance and his men.
    • Doctor Livesey asks Jim to hand over the packet of papers.
    • He takes it and puts it unopened in his coat pocket.
    • Doctor Livesey suggests that Mr. Dance head back to his duties. He wants Jim to spend the night at his house.
    • When Mr. Dance leaves, Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney start talking.
    • They've both heard of Captain Flint: "the bloodthirstiest buccaneer that sailed" (6.22). (A buccaneer is a pirate.)
    • Doctor Livesey is the first to come out and say that he thinks the packet of papers includes a treasure map.
    • Squire Trelawney promises that, if there is a map, he'll hire a ship to take Doctor Livesey, Jim, and himself on a treasure hunt.
    • Doctor Livesey opens the packet. It contains a book and a sealed piece of paper.
    • The book doesn't seem to offer much in terms of obvious directions.
    • Squire Trelawney is the one who figures out that it's an account book: it has all of the captain's wages from when he first started as a pirate to much larger sums now.
    • The sealed paper includes something much more promising: a map of an island with three crosses of red ink, two on the northern part and one in the southwest. Next to the southwest cross it says: "Bulk of treasure here" (6.40).
    • The handwriting on the map is different from the captain's. It also contains some more specific directions that Jim can't understand.
    • Squire Trelawney tells Doctor Livesey to give up his medical practice right now: they're going to sail away looking for treasure in three weeks' time. Jim gets to come too, as cabin boy.
    • Doctor Livesey agrees happily, but he warns Squire Trelawney under no circumstances to tell anyone where they're going.
    • Squire Trelawney promises not to breathe a word.
  • Chapter 7

    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.
  • Chapter 8

    At the Sign of the Spy-glass

    • After Jim has breakfast, Squire Trelawney gives him a job: he is to deliver a note to Long John Silver at the Spy-glass inn. (A spy-glass is a telescope, by the way.)
    • Jim finds the inn easily. He feels shy about going inside, though: it's noisy and filled with sailors.
    • Soon Jim sees a man coming out of the side room: a friendly-looking fellow with one leg cut off close to the hip, moving around skillfully on a crutch.
    • Jim had been afraid that Long John Silver might be the one-legged man his captain was so afraid of back at the Admiral Benbow Inn. But once Jim sees this nice, open-looking fellow, he's sure the man can't be a pirate. After all, he's an innkeeper – how piratical can he be?
    • He goes up to the one-legged man and asks if he is "Mr. Silver."
    • It is, indeed, Long John Silver.
    • When Long John Silver sees Squire Trelawney's seal on Jim's note, he realizes he must be the Squire's new cabin boy.
    • Long John Silver shakes Jim's hand.
    • Just then a customer hurries out the side door. It's Black Dog, the man missing two figures who came to harass the captain along with Blind Pew.
    • Jim tells Long John Silver that the man, Black Dog, is a pirate; Long John Silver agrees that he hasn't paid his bill.
    • So Long John Silver sends a couple of guys after Black Dog to track him down.
    • Long John Silver asks Tom Morgan, Black Dog's drinking buddy, if he had ever seen Black Dog before.
    • Tom Morgan swears that he didn't even know his name.
    • Long John Silver asks what Black Dog had been talking about.
    • "Keel-hauling" is the answer.
    • Keel-hauling is a truly awful punishment supposedly popular among pirates – actually, it was much more popular among the Dutch and British navies way back in the day. The keel is the central beam that provides the spine of a ship. If you're unlucky enough to get keel-hauled, what happens is this: someone (possibly pirates) will attach you to a long rope that runs underneath the ship. Then you'll get tossed overboard. The rope will carry you quickly to the bottom of the boat. Because ships spend so much time at sea, they often collect barnacles and other sharp-shelled fish around the hull (the body of a ship). So as you sink under the hull, you'll get all cut up on the shellfish. Worst of all, if you're not pulled back up again quickly, you'll drown. The reason it's called keel-hauling is because you're literally going under the keel – the beam that anchors the two sides of the ship's hull together. (link)
    • Long John Silver tells Tom Morgan keel-hauling is a proper topic of conversation for such as him, and sends Morgan away.
    • Long John Silver claims that he has seen this Black Dog before – with a blind man.
    • Jim chimes in that this is Pew.
    • Long John Silver agrees that Pew is his name. He promises to run down Black Dog and keel-haul him himself.
    • Long John Silver decides to go tell Squire Trelawney all of this business himself.
    • Hearing the story of the appearance of Black Dog, Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney both agree that there is nothing else Long John Silver could have done.
    • They agree to set sail at four that afternoon.
    • After Long John Silver leaves, Doctor Livesey agrees that he seems like an honest man.
  • Chapter 9

    Powder and Arms

    • Jim, Doctor Livesey, and Squire Trelawney all go over to the dock where the Hispaniola is moored.
    • Jim observes that Squire Trelawney gets along well with the mate, Arrow, but not with the captain of the ship, Smollett.
    • Captain Smollett soon levels with Squire Trelawney: he's not happy with the crew or his first mate.
    • Squire Trelawney quickly takes offense and asks point-blank if Captain Smollett doesn't like him either.
    • Doctor Livesey interrupts the argument and asks Captain Smollett for an explanation.
    • Captain Smollett has the following complaints:
      1. He doesn't know why he's being kept in the dark about the Hispaniola's destination by Squire Trelawney;
      2. He has found out that their goal is a treasure hunt – from his own crew, who know more than he does;
      3. He's worried that neither Doctor Livesey nor Squire Trelawney really knows what he is doing;
      4. He would have preferred to hire his own crew; and
      5. he mistrusts Mr. Arrow, his first mate, who seems too friendly with the crew to be a good officer.
    • To this list of complaints Captain Smollett adds some really serious objections: the crew seems to be stockpiling gunpowder in a place that is handier for them to reach than for the Captain.
    • Also, Squire Trelawney has been talking way too much, and some of the private details of the treasure map have clearly spread throughout the crew.
    • Doctor Livesey asks Captain Smollett if he is worried about a mutiny – an uprising on the part of the crew once they are at sea.
    • Captain Smollett agrees. He thinks some of the men, including Arrow, are honest, but he is worried that something about the trip is not quite right. He won't sail unless he's allowed to take certain precautions.
    • Captain Smollett takes his leave, and Doctor Livesey says that he is an honest man – along with Long John Silver.
    • Squire Trelawney protests that Captain Smollett is a coward.
    • Doctor Livesey won't judge him yet.
    • Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney agree to Captain Smollett's wishes: instead of allowing all the officers to be quartered at one end of the ship, they set up places to sleep throughout the boat. Spreading themselves out will prevent the crew from ambushing them all in one place.
    • Captain Smollett also manages to get Squire Trelawney to move the gunpowder so it isn't all centralized near the crew.
    • Long John Silver comes aboard just as these changes are being made and seems surprised.
    • Captain Smollett reminds him that they are his orders.
  • Chapter 10

    The Voyage

    • Everyone aboard the ship is working hard to get things stowed away before the departure in the morning.
    • One of the men addresses Long John Silver as "Barbecue" (because he's the cook). They ask him to sing a song.
    • Long John Silver starts in on the old song Jim's captain used to sing: "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest [...] Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!" (10.5-7).
    • And so the voyage starts.
    • Two things become clear: first, Mr. Arrow, the first mate, is a drunk whom nobody obeys.
    • No one can figure out where he gets his alcohol, but he is definitely drunk all the time.
    • So when Mr. Arrow goes overboard, no one thinks much of it – even though the ship is now without a first mate.
    • Squire Trelawney sometimes takes watch to fill in for the absent Mr. Arrow.
    • Two other guys also help out: the boatswain (a kind of deck supervisor on board a ship), Job Anderson, and the coxswain (who usually takes charge of a boat's steering and navigation), Israel Hands.
    • Israel Hands is really tight with Long John Silver.
    • Long John Silver is doing well aboard the ship: he's incredibly nimble and familiar with the layout of the boat. All the men respect him and do as he says.
    • Long John Silver also seems to take a special shine to Jim. He often takes Jim aside to tell him stories of the seafaring life.
    • Long John Silver also has a parrot, "Cap'n Flint," who frequently shouts out, "Pieces of eight!" (Spanish gold dollars).
    • Jim and Long John Silver may be getting tight, but two men who aren't growing any closer are Squire Trelawney and Captain Smollett. Squire Trelawney clearly despises the captain, and the captain never talks to the squire if he can help it.
    • Captain Smollett keeps warning that something is wrong about the whole trip, and Squire Trelawney continues to lose his temper at Captain Smollett's pessimism.
    • The captain complains to Doctor Livesey that the men are getting spoiled: they are often given double rations or grog to celebrate birthdays or whatever Squire Trelawney pleases.
    • Among Squire Trelawney's treats for the sailors is an apple barrel that's always open so the men can have fresh fruit.
    • The night before they estimate that they're going to reach their destination, Treasure Island, Jim decides to go grab some fruit from the barrel.
    • Everything is still and silent on board.
    • Jim finds that there are no apples in easy reach and climbs into the barrel to get to the bottom.
    • Once inside the apple barrel, the darkness and rocking motion of the ship lull him into a doze.
    • He only wakes up when he hears Long John Silver's voice. He keeps himself hidden so that he can listen.
  • Chapter 11

    What I Heard in the Apple Barrel

    • Long John Silver is in the middle of telling a story to the youngest sailor on board, Dick.
    • He's telling Dick about his time serving under Captain Flint.
    • Apparently most of the men under Flint's command are now aboard the Hispaniola – this very ship!
    • Long John Silver says the pirating business has gone downhill. Look at Pew, who had to retire after he went blind. After living like a king, Pew spent all of his cash and had to beg for his supper.
    • Long John Silver compliments Dick for being "smart as paint" (11.5).
    • Jim hears this and gets totally jealous: Jim thought he was supposed to be smart as paint.
    • Long John Silver gives Dick a recruitment pitch for piracy: sure, it's dangerous, but the profits are great.
    • After this last trip is done, Long John Silver plans to set himself up as a gentleman, but he started out his piracy career as a lowly sailor just like Dick.
    • Dick says that all Long John Silver's money is gone anyway – it's not like he can go back to Bristol after all of this.
    • Long John Silver explains that his wife will empty all of his accounts in Bristol and join him in some secret place where the two of them will settle down.
    • Dick is impressed by Long John Silver and agrees to join him.
    • Just then someone else strolls up to the two men. It's Israel Hands.
    • Long John Silver tells Israel that Dick is going to join them.
    • Israel wants to know why they haven't mutinied yet – he really wants to get rid of Captain Smollett.
    • Long John Silver tells Israel to wait. Why rise up sooner than they have to, so long as Captain Smollett keeps sailing their ship for them?
    • Dick reminds Long John Silver that they're all sailors.
    • Long John Silver answers that they're all crewmen. Who is supposed to set the course for them? He doesn't know where Doctor Livesey and the squire keep the map, after all.
    • Long John Silver warns them to be patient or they'll all hang. Captain Flint and Pew were impatient and fun-loving and look where they are now: dead.
    • Long John Silver wants them to wait until the right time, but then they should kill all of the officers: after all, dead men tell no tales.
    • Long John Silver wants to be the one to kill Squire Trelawney.
    • Listening to all of this, Jim is terrified.
    • Long John Silver and Israel Hands send Dick to get some alcohol to celebrate.
    • Israel Hands whispers to Long John Silver that Dick's the last of the crewmen who will join.
    • Jim realizes that some of the crew must still be loyal to the captain.
    • Long John Silver, Israel Hands, and Dick drink a toast.
    • Just then, the shout rings out: "Land ho!" (11.40).
  • Chapter 12

    Council of War

    • A lot of people rush across the deck.
    • Jim slips out of the barrel without being seen.
    • He joins Doctor Livesey to look at the island coming into view.
    • Long John Silver tells Captain Smollett that he has seen this island before. There is a safe place to dock on the south side.
    • Captain Smollett hands Long John Silver a chart to show exactly where. The chart is a copy of the original treasure map, but without the marks showing the location of the treasure.
    • Long John Silver claims to be surprised that Captain Smollett has such an accurate map.
    • Jim is frightened and impressed by how carefully Long John Silver hides his feelings at seeing the map and the island.
    • Long John Silver approaches Jim and promises to pack him a snack if Jim wants to go exploring the island.
    • Doctor Livesey calls Jim over to ask him to fetch his pipe.
    • As soon as Jim gets within earshot of Doctor Livesey, Jim whispers that he has some news, but that it has to be kept a secret.
    • Doctor Livesey walks over to Squire Trelawney and Captain Smollett and, without drawing attention to himself, explains that Jim needs to talk to them in private.
    • Captain Smollett calls the men together to offer them grog (alcohol) to celebrate their arrival.
    • After several toasts, the captain, Doctor Livesey, and Squire Trelawney all go below decks to the captain's cabin.
    • They then send for Jim as though nothing were out of the ordinary.
    • Jim describes everything he overheard from Long John Silver.
    • Squire Trelawney apologizes to Captain Smollett for not taking his suspicions seriously.
    • Captain Smollett apologizes for not realizing what the crew has been up to: they've shown no signs of rebellion and mutiny until now.
    • Doctor Livesey remarks that their discipline is the result of the remarkable Long John Silver.
    • Captain Smollett declares several things: 1) they can't turn back because the men will rebel. 2) They still have some time to plan before the treasure is found. 3) Some of the sailors must still be faithful.
    • Given these three things, Captain Smollett suggests that they attack the mutineers when they least expect it.
    • Then the three men try to figure out who is still loyal. They are sure that Squire Trelawney's servants will stand by them, but who else?
    • Doctor Livesey thinks the best thing to do is to rely on Jim. The men are willing to talk around him and he notices everything. Maybe Jim can figure out who will stay loyal.
    • Jim is worried: he knows their odds of winning are bad because, at current count, it's only seven good guys against nineteen pirates.
  • Chapter 13

    How My Shore Adventure Began

    • The next morning Jim gets a clear look at the island: it's covered with grey, mournful-looking pine trees. There are also three rocky hills, the highest of which is the Spy-glass.
    • The Spy-glass is the tallest spot on the island. It's sheer cliff on all sides, and the top is flat like a table.
    • Jim hates the look of the island and is feeling miserable.
    • Long John Silver steers the Hispaniola safely to a landing on the south side of the island.
    • Doctor Livesey sniffs the air coming off the island and decides it's an unhealthy place for them to be.
    • Now that they have arrived at the island, the men are barely even pretending to be obedient.
    • To cover up for the men's bad behavior, Long John Silver does his best to be as obviously well-behaved as possible – he still doesn't want to tip off the Captain that they plan to mutiny.
    • Captain Smollett, Squire Trelawney, and the other good guys all hold a meeting.
    • Captain Smollett points out that Long John Silver is as eager to keep things calm as they are. He suggests they give all the men the afternoon off so Long John Silver will have time to convince them to stay calm.
    • Squire Trelawney takes his servants Hunter, Joyce, and Redruth aside to tell them about the plot against him, the Captain, and Doctor Livesey. The three men pledge their loyalty.
    • Captain Smollett tells the men to take the afternoon off, and they all lighten up and look happy.
    • He leaves Long John Silver to arrange the landing parties.
    • Jim has a sudden idea: he notices that Long John Silver only leaves six men on board the Hispaniola.
    • Jim decides to sneak onto the island.
    • He tries to slip unseen onto a boat rowing to the shore, but one of the rowers says his name, and Long John Silver clearly hears it.
    • When Jim's boat reaches the shore, he jumps out and runs off, ignoring the sound of Long John Silver calling his name.
  • Chapter 14

    The First Blow

    • Jim looks around himself: the island is marshy and uninhabited.
    • He comes across a glade of trees.
    • He hears a rustle from a surprised bird and assumes that his shipmates are about to appear.
    • He hides in a tree and listens.
    • Two people are talking: Long John Silver and a sailor named Tom.
    • Long John Silver is explaining something to Tom – it's unclear what.
    • Tom answers: Silver, you're a brave, smart, rich guy – why would you follow the words of this bunch of low-lives?
    • Tom's answer is interrupted by a scream off in the distance.
    • Tom jumps and reaches out his hand to Long John Silver.
    • Long John Silver leaps backwards out of reach and demands that Tom keep his hands off.
    • Tom tells Long John Silver he must be feeling guilty about something, to be so afraid of Tom.
    • Tom asks what that sound was.
    • Long John Silver doesn't sound upset at all when he says it must have been Alan.
    • Tom says Alan was a true sailor and tells Long John Silver he won't join Silver's group even if it means his death.
    • Tom turns around and sets off for the beach.
    • Long John Silver grabs a branch and hits Tom across the back, then stabs him twice.
    • Jim faints.
    • When Jim comes to, he sees Long John Silver pull a whistle out of his pocket and blow a series of notes as some kind of signal.
    • Jim grows frightened and crawls away.
    • Jim is lost and too afraid to go back to the ship.
    • He thinks he's either going to starve to death on the island or be murdered by the mutineers.
    • Jim has reached a hillier, more thickly forested part of the island.
    • Something makes him stand stock still, his heart beating quickly.
  • Chapter 15

    The Man of the Island

    • Jim sees a shadow (either monkey or human) jump behind a rock.
    • Jim tries to retrace his steps back to the beach and the Hispaniola.
    • The dark figure reappears and catches up with Jim.
    • Jim is so afraid of Long John Silver that he decides not to call for help; instead, he turns to face the figure.
    • Jim is totally surprised when the figure throws himself to his knees as though begging Jim for mercy.
    • The figure introduces himself as Ben Gunn. He has been marooned alone on this island for three years, living off oysters, berries, and goat meat. All he wants is a bit of toasted cheese.
    • Ben tells Jim that he's become a god-fearing man again after all this time on the island.
    • Ben promises Jim that he'll give him riches if he helps him.
    • Ben asks Jim if he has come to the island on Flint's ship.
    • Jim says no, but some of the men on the ship were Flint's men.
    • Ben asks if one of them is a man with one leg, Long John Silver.
    • Jim says yes, and Ben asks if he is on Long John Silver's side or not.
    • Jim realizes that Ben may be an enemy of Long John Silver, so he explains the whole story of the Hispaniola's voyage.
    • Ben promises to help in exchange for 1,000 British pounds of the treasure and free passage home.
    • Ben tells Jim that he was sailing with Captain Flint when Flint buried his treasure on this island.
    • Somehow Flint managed to murder six sailors single-handedly in order to keep the treasure's burial place secret.
    • Billy Bones (the captain at the Admiral Benbow Inn from the early chapters of the novel) and Long John Silver were both on the ship at this time.
    • Three years ago, Ben was sailing aboard another ship when they passed this island.
    • Ben suggested that they stop and look for Flint's treasure.
    • The captain of the boat wasn't happy about it, but the men insisted.
    • They spent twelve days looking for the treasure but couldn't find it.
    • After wasting almost two weeks, the sailors turned on Ben Gunn.
    • They marooned him on the island along with a gun, a spade, and a pickax so that he could keep looking for Flint's treasure by himself.
    • Having spent three years on the island by himself, Ben seems to have gone a little nuts.
    • Still, he asks Jim to put in a good word for him with Squire Trelawney.
    • Jim asks how he's supposed to get back on board the Hispaniola.
    • Ben says he has a small boat and suggests that they try using it to row to the Hispaniola after dark.
    • Ben and Jim hear the sounds of a fight breaking out.
    • They run over quietly to see what's happening.
    • They hear the sound of a cannon going off, followed by gunfire.
    • There is a pause, then Jim sees the Union Jack (the British flag) flying over the forest.
  • Chapter 16

    Narrative Continued by the Doctor: How the Ship Was Abandoned

    • At 1:30, two boatloads of sailors row ashore from the Hispaniola. One of them is humming an Irish marching song, "Lillibullero" (click here to listen).
    • Tom Redruth comes to tell Doctor Livesey that Jim Hawkins has also slipped ashore.
    • Doctor Livesey is worried for Jim's safety.
    • Livesey feels restless and decides to use a tiny rowboat to go ashore with Hunter in secret to look for information.
    • Doctor Livesey finds an abandoned fort at the top of a hill. The best part of the fort is that it has a spring of fresh water. While the ship is well-provisioned and would be easy to defend, there isn't enough water on board for a long battle against the pirates.
    • Doctor Livesey hears a scream (the same scream that Jim heard just before Long John Silver murdered Tom in Chapter 14).
    • Doctor Livesey thinks it's Jim who's been killed.
    • Livesey and Hunter rush back to the ship.
    • Squire Trelawney is sitting aboard the Hispaniola thinking that it's Doctor Livesey and Hunter who were killed.
    • Captain Smollett points out that one of the six sailors left aboard the ship turned pale when he heard the scream.
    • Captain Smollett thinks that man will join the loyal party.
    • Doctor Livesey explains his plan to use the abandoned stockade to defend themselves.
    • They secretly load up the tiny rowboat with ammunition and provisions.
    • Meanwhile, the Captain and Squire Trelawney stay on deck.
    • Finally, the charade is over: Squire Trelawney takes out his pistol and tells Israel Hands (the leader of the six sailors still aboard the ship, who are pretending to be loyal) to freeze.
    • The six sailors are totally confused, but since they are surrounded – with Squire Trelawney and Captain Smollett on one end of the ship and Redruth on the other – they obediently go below decks.
    • During all this activity, Doctor Livesey, Hunter, and Joyce manage to set off for shore in their rowboat filled with provisions.
    • They unload the rowboat into the fort, then Doctor Livesey and Hunter row back to the Hispaniola. Joyce stays behind to guard the fort, armed with six guns.
    • Back on the Hispaniola, they load up the rowboat a second time. They dump all of the guns and ammunition they don't have room for over the side of the ship so the pirates can't use them.
    • The tide is starting to go out, and they hear the sounds of the two boatloads of men coming back from their day on the island.
    • Doctor Livesey, Squire Trelawney, and Redruth get into the rowboat.
    • (There's a tiny mistake here – Livesey says that both Hunter and Joyce are on shore at the fort [4.16.25], but he said that Joyce is alone just four paragraphs earlier. Here we see the value of close proofreading!)
    • They paddle around to the front of the boat where the six sailors are trapped below the deck.
    • They hear Captain Smollett's voice from the deck of the ship.
    • Captain Smollett is ordering the sailor they thought might be loyal out of the six – Abraham Gray – to join their party.
    • They hear the sounds of a fight below the decks, and Abraham Gray bursts out and runs over to Captain Smollett.
    • Captain Smollett and Abraham Gray drop aboard the tiny rowboat, and they all set off for shore.
  • Chapter 17

    Narrative Continued by the Doctor: The Jolly-boat's Last Trip

    • The tiny rowboat is having some trouble with the changing tide and the weight of the men aboard (Doctor Livesey, Squire Trelawney, Captain Smollett, Redruth, and Abraham Gray), so it starts to seem like it's going to sink.
    • Captain Smollett suddenly remembers the ship's cannon: could the pirates use it to attack the fort?
    • Doctor Livesey says the pirates couldn't possibly get it ashore.
    • But he has forgotten the "long nine," a relatively light nine-foot-long cast-iron gun that they accidentally left on board the Hispaniola.
    • And the little rowboat's course has left it totally exposed and in range of the long nine.
    • Abraham Gray comments that Israel Hands (the ringleader of the sailors left aboard) was a gunner for Captain Flint back in the day.
    • Squire Trelawney is the best shot of the group on the rowboat, so he starts loading his gun.
    • They all brace themselves, and Squire Trelawney fires his shot at Israel Hands aboard the Hispaniola.
    • Unfortunately, the Squire misses, and one of the other four sailors on board the Hispaniola drops.
    • Israel Hands quickly continues working to load the long nine, ignoring his injured comrade.
    • The group aboard the tiny rowboat can see one of the pirates' two boats in sight.
    • They realize the other one must have rowed around to try and cut them off from the shore.
    • But the Captain says they can't worry about that now – their biggest concern should be the long nine.
    • They decide the safest thing to do would be to overturn their rowboat (and the supplies) because they are so close to the shore. That way they won't be such an easy target for the long nine.
    • So they overturn the boat and wade onto the island – with only two of their five guns and none of the supplies they had hoped to bring with them.
    • They also hear voices coming upon them, so they hurry up to the stockade to find out what's happened to Hunter and Joyce while they were on board the Hispaniola.
  • Chapter 18

    Narrative Continued by the Doctor: End of the First Day's Fighting

    • The landing party reaches the stockade just as a group of seven mutineers appear, led by Job Anderson.
    • The mutineers seem really surprised, so Squire Trelawney, Doctor Livesey, Hunter, and Joyce all have time to fire first.
    • One of the mutineers drops and the rest of them scatter at the gunfire.
    • The landing party is really happy – until a bullet flies out of the trees and hits poor Tom Redruth, Squire Trelawney's loyal gamekeeper.
    • Doctor Livesey can see at once that it's curtains for Redruth.
    • Trelawney is crying like a baby. He asks Redruth for forgiveness.
    • Redruth says there's no need, and that what's meant to happen will happen.
    • Redruth asks them to read a prayer over him, then he passes away.
    • Meanwhile, Captain Smollett is unpacking all the things he brought with him stuffed in his coat: a British flag, a Bible, a coil of rope, pen, ink, the ship's log (where all the events of the voyage are recorded), and lots of tobacco.
    • Captain Smollett raises the British flag above the fort. He also has an extra flag to spread over Redruth's body.
    • Captain Smollett then pulls Doctor Livesey aside and asks how long they should expect to have to hole up in this fort.
    • Doctor Livesey admits that no one's going to come after them until August (months from now!)
    • Captain Smollett notes that they're in a tough spot – in fact, one good thing about Redruth's death is that they have one fewer mouth to feed.
    • A couple of cannons go over the stockade, but the pirates can't get good aim from the Hispaniola. (They're firing round-shots, by the way, which are cannonballs that don't explode – luckily for Doctor Livesey, Squire Trelawney, and the rest!).
    • Squire Trelawney points out that the pirates are probably aiming for the flag, which is the only thing visible in the forest from the ship.
    • Captain Smollett refuses to lower the flag, and everyone is comforted by his bravery. They start ignoring the cannons going overhead.
    • Captain Smollett says the forest is probably clear of pirates, since they're willing to fire at the trees like this.
    • Captain Smollett suggests that a couple of them go out at night to find what can be recovered of their supplies. Now that the tide has gone out, Captain Smollett hopes that the tiny rowboat will be visible again above the water.
    • Gray and Hunter steal out of the fort to take a look.
    • They find, unfortunately, that the pirates have gotten there first.
    • All the pirates also seem to be armed – apparently, they brought their own weapons aboard the ship, which Captain Smollett was unaware of.
    • Captain Smollett sits down to write a diary entry about the day, including the death of Tom Redruth.
    • Doctor Livesey wonders what has happened to Jim Hawkins.
    • Just then, they hear a voice calling out a greeting. It's none other than Jim, climbing over the fence of the fort.
  • Chapter 19

    Narrative Resumed by Jim Hawkins: The Garrison in the Stockade

    • Ben Gunn sees the British flag and stops Jim before he can run and join his friends.
    • Ben explains that he doesn't want to go straight to meet the Squire and everyone else until he has their word of honor that they'll strike a deal with him.
    • Ben tells Jim to bring Doctor Livesey or Squire Trelawney to meet with him at the same place where Jim first met Ben.
    • He says he'll be around between noon and six the following day watching the forest.
    • Ben also makes Jim promise he won't tell Long John Silver that Ben is still alive and on the island.
    • Just then, a cannonball lands about a hundred feet away from them.
    • Ben and Jim run in different directions.
    • Jim is afraid, and takes a long time to creep over to the fort.
    • Finally he manages to catch sight of the Hispaniola: the Jolly Roger, the pirate flag, is flying on the mast.
    • Jim sees the pirates breaking something apart with axes – the tiny rowboat the Captain and his party used to come ashore – and partying on the beach.
    • Jim goes back in the direction of the fort. He catches sight of a white rock where, he remembers, Ben Gunn mentioned keeping a boat.
    • Jim joins his friends and tells his story.
    • He learns that Tom Redruth is dead.
    • Captain Smollett divides the group up for guard duty: Doctor Livesey, Abraham Gray, and Jim are one group and Squire Trelawney, Hunter, and Joyce are another.
    • Jim is put on sentry duty at the door of the fort.
    • Doctor Livesey comes over several times to chat. He asks Jim about Ben Gunn. Jim says he doesn't think Ben is sane.
    • Doctor Livesey says that since Jim is unsure, Ben is probably sane – he's just odd because he's been alone for three years.
    • Doctor Livesey explains that he has a piece of Parmesan cheese in his snuff box and he'll gladly give it to Ben (who has been craving cheese) in exchange for his help.
    • They eat dinner and bury Tom Redruth.
    • Doctor Livesey, Squire Trelawney, and Captain Smollett get together to discuss plans.
    • They decide they have to kill off as many of the pirates as they can in the hopes that they'll either surrender or leave the island in the Hispaniola. (Remember, they're expecting one of Squire Trelawney's servants to come after them in August, so it won't be the end of the world if the pirates leave with the ship.)
    • Jim is exhausted and goes to sleep.
    • When he wakes up, he hears a shout: someone is approaching the fort with a white flag.
    • It's Long John Silver!
  • Chapter 20

    Silver's Embassy

    • Through a hole in the wall, Jim can see Long John Silver and another pirate holding a white flag, which signals a truce.
    • Captain Smollett thinks it's a trick, so he asks the two men what they want.
    • The second man says that "Cap'n Silver" wants to make terms for a truce.
    • Captain Smollett refuses to acknowledge Long John Silver under the title "Captain" – he's just a pirate and a ship's cook.
    • Long John Silver struggles up the hill to the fort, where he meets Captain Smollett standing out front.
    • Long John Silver explains that he's there to discuss the terms of surrender once and only once. He admits that Captain Smollett and his group got the drop on the pirates the night before, but it won't happen again.
    • Even though Captain Smollett doesn't show it, he has no idea what Long John Silver is talking about.
    • But Jim does – he realizes that Ben Gunn must have snuck down to the beach when all the pirates were drunk and killed one of them. So there are only 14 pirates left.
    • What Long John Silver wants is the treasure. He knows they have the map.
    • Long John Silver says he never intended to hurt them, anyway.
    • Captain Smollett replies, "We know exactly what you meant to do" (20.30), and now you can't do it.
    • Long John Silver thinks Abraham Gray has told them about the pirates' plans.
    • Captain Smollett says no, and that he (Captain Smollett) would never ask a man to rat anyone out like that – it's not honest.
    • Long John Silver seems impressed by Captain Smollett's moral code. So they both settle down and smoke their pipes.
    • Long John Silver offers these terms: if they give the pirates the map and stop shooting at them, the pirates will offer them a choice.
    • Either Captain Smollett and his friends can sail off on the Hispaniola, to be put somewhere safe ashore, or the pirates will agree to divide their supplies and leave them safely on the island.
    • Long John Silver also specifies that this offer is open to any of the men in the fort.
    • Captain Smollett asks if that's all Long John Silver has to say.
    • Long John Silver replies that, if Captain Smollett doesn't agree to this offer, then it's open season between the pirates and Captain Smollett's group.
    • Captain Smollett makes this counter-offer: if the pirates come one by one, unarmed, to surrender, Captain Smollett will chain them up in the ship and take them back to England for a trial. Otherwise, the pirates are screwed: they don't have the treasure map, and none of them have the skill to sail the ship without help.
    • Long John Silver looks absolutely furious.
    • He clambers up with difficulty and spits in the sand.
    • He says that, before the hour is up, the pirates will destroy their little fort, and then they'll see who's laughing.
    • Long John Silver goes back to the bottom of the hill where his comrade is waiting and they disappear into the trees.
  • Chapter 21

    The Attack

    • Captain Smollett goes back into the fort and finds none of the men where they were supposed to be except Gray.
    • He is surprised at their lack of discipline.
    • They all start loading the muskets to prepare for battle. Captain Smollett says they have a good chance, since they're fighting from a protected place.
    • Captain Smollett orders everyone to the posts he assigns all around the walls of the fort.
    • An hour passes and nothing happens.
    • Joyce is the first to fire his gun and then everyone is shooting.
    • They realize, after the smoke has cleared, that the main attack is going to come from the north.
    • Captain Smollett orders the group to hold their positions.
    • Just then, a bunch of pirates emerge from the north side of the fort and bullets rain out from the forest.
    • One of the bullets shatters Doctor Livesey's gun.
    • Squire Trelawney and Abraham Gray open fire; three men fall and one gets up again and runs into the trees.
    • Four of the pirates keep rushing straight for the house while seven or eight stay in the woods shooting.
    • The leader of the four is Job Anderson.
    • A pirate grabs Hunter's gun muzzle through the hole in the wall Hunter is using, takes the gun, and knocks Hunter unconscious with it.
    • A third pirate starts using his sword to attack Doctor Livesey.
    • Captain Smollett yells for them to give up on the guns and turn to swords for close combat.
    • Jim comes face to face with Job Anderson. Job Anderson raises his sword to kill Jim, but Jim slips and falls down.
    • Abraham Gray kills Job Anderson before he can raise his sword for a second blow.
    • As Jim stands up, he finds that another pirate has been shot just as he was preparing to fire on the house.
    • Doctor Livesey has killed the pirate who attacked him.
    • So, of the four pirates who directly attacked the fort, only one is still alive, and he is running for the forest having dropped his sword. Altogether, they have killed five of the pirates in this battle.
    • Back at the fort, Hunter is still unconscious and Joyce has been shot through the head. Captain Smollett is also injured.
    • Captain Smollett is cheerful, though: it looks like it's now four of them to nine pirates.
    • Captain Smollett has no way of knowing this, but it's actually four to eight – they find out later that the pirate who Squire Trelawney shot when they were rowing away from the Hispaniola died of his wounds.
  • Chapter 22

    How My Sea Adventure Began

    • The pirates don't attack again that day, so there's time for Doctor Livesey to tend to his patients: one of the pirates who got shot at the wall of the fort, Hunter, and Captain Smollett.
    • Of those three, only Captain Smollett recovers – he's been badly injured, but he'll live. Even so, the captain is now out of the action. He's not allowed to move or talk more than he has to.
    • Squire Trelawney, Doctor Livesey, and Captain Smollett discuss what to do next.
    • Abraham Gray is totally astonished to see Doctor Livesey walking in the forest outside the fort.
    • Jim guesses correctly that Doctor Livesey is going to see Ben Gunn.
    • Jim feels more and more restless and cooped up. He decides to fill his pockets with biscuits, grab a couple pistols, and head out on his own.
    • He wants to return to that odd white boulder to see if Ben Gunn's boat is tied up there.
    • Jim knows he wouldn't be allowed to do this if he asked, so he decides to sneak out when no one is looking.
    • Jim doesn't even think about the fact that he's leaving only two able-bodied men to guard the fort, Abraham Gray and Squire Trelawney. He makes up his mind and goes.
    • Jim is enjoying his stroll down to the beach when, in the distance, he sees Long John Silver talking and laughing with a couple of crew members and holding his parrot, Captain Flint.
    • The two crew members get into a rowboat and set off for the Hispaniola.
    • The day is growing foggy and the sun is setting, so Jim creeps across to the white rock.
    • Sure enough, he sees a little tent hidden near the rock with a tiny homemade goatskin boat next to it.
    • Jim suddenly gets another bright idea: under the cover of night and fog, he decides to row quietly out to the Hispaniola, cut the rope attached to the anchor, and let it float off.
    • He waits until the dead of night, picks up the tiny boat, and sets it on the ocean to row out to the Hispaniola.
  • Chapter 23

    The Ebb-Tide Runs

    • Jim finds that Ben Gunn's boat is light and floats well, but it's really hard to handle. He's really struggling to get the boat to go in the right direction.
    • Luckily for Jim, the current brings his tiny boat right to the Hispaniola.
    • Jim realizes that if he cuts the cope while it's pulled tight, it'll snap back and pull both him and his boat out of the water.
    • Again, luckily for Jim, the current shifts the Hispaniola so the rope is slack and he can cut it without danger.
    • During all this, Jim hears voices coming from the cabin of the ship.
    • He overhears Israel Hands talking to another pirate, the man with the red nightcap (kind of like the hat Santa Claus wears) who was the only surviving attacker on the fort earlier in the day.
    • They're incredibly angry and drunk.
    • On shore Jim can see a campfire with the remaining pirates. Someone is singing that old shanty "Dead Man's Chest."
    • Jim saws through the last strands of rope attaching the Hispaniola to its anchor.
    • He's having trouble rowing his little boat away from the much-larger ship because of the strong currents.
    • Jim grabs hold of a loose piece of rope.
    • He suddenly feels curious: what's happening in the cabin?
    • He climbs up for a last look.
    • He only has time to glimpse Israel Hands and the red-hatted pirate trying to strangle each other. The fact that they're fighting like this is lucky – it means neither of them have noticed that the Hispaniola has started to move quickly on the current.
    • Jim's little boat suddenly lurches: it's being carried in the wake of the Hispaniola.
    • Jim worries that he's going to be swept out to open sea.
    • The Hispaniola turns so sharply that even the two fighting drunks inside realize something is wrong.
    • Jim tries to hide in the bottom of his boat, sure that he's about to run aground on rocks and die.
    • He finally grows so exhausted that he falls asleep in his boat and dreams of his old life back at the Admiral Benbow Inn.
  • Chapter 24

    The Cruise of the Coracle

    • Jim wakes up and finds himself about a quarter of a mile offshore of the southwest end of the island.
    • He decides to row to shore but can't – there are so many rocks that it's not safe for him to get close.
    • He also sees sea lions on the coast, which freaks him out.
    • Jim decides to try rowing further north to an easier coastline: the Cape of the Woods. (Check out this map to see where the Cape of the Woods lies in relation to Jim's original location, Haulbowline Head.)
    • The boat carries Jim quickly along the current.
    • He tries to row in a slightly different position and the boat nearly tips over and gets drenched.
    • He has to move very carefully to remove the seawater with his cap.
    • He figures out a method for steering the boat, but he has to stay propped on his elbows in an uncomfortable position to keep it balanced.
    • Jim is relieved that he is approaching the shore because he's getting incredibly thirsty.
    • Suddenly he sees the Hispaniola about half a mile away.
    • The Hispaniola is sailing, but it doesn't seem to be following a steady course. Jim thinks the guys aboard are still drunk.
    • The Hispaniola keeps moving forward and backward, and Jim realizes that no one seems to be steering. Either the men aboard are drunk or have abandoned ship.
    • Jim thinks that, if he can get aboard, he could retake control of the Hispaniola for Captain Smollett.
    • He decides to try his luck, paddling his tiny boat towards the Hispaniola and eventually managing to catch up.
    • The current suddenly brings the Hispaniola around so that it collides with Jim's boat. He only just manages to leap for the ship's bowsprit (the pole sticking out of the front of the ship) just before it runs right over his boat.
    • So now Jim is back on board the Hispaniola without any means of rowing to shore.
  • Chapter 25

    I Strike the Jolly Roger

    • Jim nearly gets thrown off into the sea when the pole that is supposed to keep the sails open – the jib – flies out and almost hits him.
    • Jim crawls up the bowsprit to the deck.
    • There he sees the two pirate watchmen. One of them, the red-capped man (who we find out is named O'Brien), is lying stiff on his back. The other, Israel Hands, is hunched against the side of the boat. They are both surrounded by dark puddles of blood.
    • In a still moment, Israel Hands straightens up a little bit and groans.
    • Jim approaches him slowly.
    • Israel asks for one thing: brandy.
    • Jim goes quickly below deck. He sees that the captain's cabin is a total wreck, filled with empty bottles.
    • Jim realizes that, since the mutiny began, not one of the sailors has been sober.
    • He finds a bottle half full of brandy for Israel Hands and a bit of food for himself.
    • Israel drinks a lot of brandy before he's ready to talk.
    • He says that if Doctor Livesey were on board, he'd soon be healed of his wounds, but he doesn't have that kind of luck.
    • Jim announces that he's now the captain of the Hispaniola.
    • As the ship's new captain, he pulls down the Jolly Roger flag and throws it overboard.
    • Israel Hands offers to help Jim sail the ship if Jim will bring him food, alcohol, and something to bandage his wound.
    • Jim plans to sail to the North Inlet to beach the boat quietly; he doesn't want to go to Captain Kidd's anchorage, where the pirates are waiting. (A reminder – check out this map if you want to see where all these places are.)
    • Israel Hands agrees. He knows he has no choice but to help Jim.
    • Jim sets the boat sailing towards the north end of the island.
    • Then he helps Israel Hands wrap up the stab wound on his thigh. After some more brandy, Israel Hands perks right up.
    • Jim is happy to have captured the ship so easily. He is sure that his friends will forgive him for leaving the fort without permission.
    • Still, Jim is a little unsettled: Israel Hands keeps watching him with a knowing, crafty smile.
  • Chapter 26

    Israel Hands

    • The Hispaniola arrives at the northern end of the island.
    • Because they have no anchor, they have to wait until the tide goes out a bit so they can beach the ship.
    • So Jim hangs out with Israel Hands.
    • Israel wants Jim to throw O'Brien's body overboard because it's bad luck to have a corpse aboard, but Jim isn't strong enough.
    • Israel wants Jim to go below deck to get a bottle of wine – he claims the brandy has become too strong for him.
    • Jim starts to get suspicious of why Israel wants him off the deck, but he decides to play along.
    • He says he'll go below for wine, but that he'll have to spend a long time looking for it.
    • Jim makes a lot of noise as he goes below deck, then creeps back up to watch Israel Hands.
    • Even though he's injured, Israel gets up and manages to find a knife hidden in a coil of rope. Jim realizes that he can move around and is now armed.
    • Jim is sure Israel Hands means to kill him. But before that happens, he and Hands both want the same thing: they want to beach the ship in a sheltered place so that it will be safe.
    • Jim thinks Israel Hands won't kill him until the Hispaniola is ashore.
    • Jim slips back into the cabin, grabs a bottle of wine, and brings it to Israel Hands.
    • Israel pretends not to have moved. He also acts like he's on his deathbed.
    • Jim tells him he should say his prayers.
    • Israel Hands replies that he's been at sea 30 years, and he's never seen anything good happen to a good man.
    • Hands then tells Jim to follow his directions exactly so they can arrive at the North Inlet.
    • Jim gets so involved in this final bit of steering that he forgets to watch Hands. It's only instinct that makes him turn around just as Hands is drawing a knife on him.
    • Jim leaps to the side and lets go of the steering lever, which suddenly hits Hands in the chest.
    • Jim uses this moment to reach for one of his pistols.
    • He pulls the trigger but nothing happens – the pistol has become soaked with seawater and isn't usable.
    • Hands leaps for Jim again, and the two start dodging back and forth.
    • Suddenly, the Hispaniola hits ground and tips at an angle.
    • Both Israel Hands and Jim roll straight down the deck.
    • Jim quickly recovers and climbs up to the top of the mast.
    • There he reloads his pistols while Hands starts climbing up the rigging with his knife in his teeth.
    • Jim warns Hands that if he keeps climbing, Jim will blow his brains out.
    • Hands says he and Jim will have to come to an agreement – but even as he's saying this, something comes flying through the air to pin Jim's shoulder to the mast.
    • It's the knife: Hands has thrown it at him.
    • As the knife hits Jim, he fires his two pistols. The bullets hit Hands, who falls dead into the sea below.
  • Chapter 27

    Pieces of Eight

    • At the top of the mast, Jim has a great view of the sea below him – and of Israel Hands's body up against the side of the ship.
    • Jim feels sick and frightened.
    • The knife in his shoulder is making him bleed, but it's Israel Hands's dead body that's really getting to him.
    • Jim shudders and the knife comes loose – really, it barely hit him.
    • He climbs down to the deck and bandages his injury as best he can.
    • Jim decides to push O'Brien's body overboard while he's at it. He sees the two bodies of the former enemies lying entwined.
    • Jim is alone on the ship.
    • He climbs over the side of the Hispaniola and starts making his way back to the fort.
    • It's getting darker and darker, and Jim is starting to have trouble finding his way.
    • The moon rises and Jim gets really turned around. He finds himself at the edge of a clearing where there are signs of a bonfire that has burned down.
    • He starts crawling on his hands and knees toward the fort.
    • Jim is surprised that no one has stopped him yet – shouldn't they be guarding the stockade?
    • He walks into the fort and trips on something in the dark. It's the leg of someone sleeping.
    • A shrill voice suddenly calls out, "Pieces of eight!" over and over again.
    • It's Captain Flint, Long John Silver's parrot.
    • Everyone wakes up and Long John Silver asks who it is.
    • Several hands catch Jim so he can't get away.
    • Dick, the youngest pirate, brings a light out to see what's going on.
  • Chapter 28

    In the Enemy's Camp

    • Jim is terrified. The pirates have taken the fort and the supplies.
    • There are six pirates left alive. Five of them are flushed with drunkenness and one is pale – his head is bandaged, and Jim thinks it's the one who was wounded during that first battle, who ran off into the woods.
    • Long John Silver pulls out his pipe, settles in, and asks Jim how the heck he got there.
    • Jim doesn't answer. He's trying to look brave, but inside he's sure all is lost.
    • Long John Silver says Jim can't go back to his friends; Doctor Livesey and Captain Smollett both think he's undisciplined and ungrateful (and possibly a traitor).
    • Jim is relieved to hear that at least his friends are still alive.
    • He wants to know what's going on.
    • One of the other pirates pipes up that that's what they'd all like to know.
    • Long John Silver tells the pirate to shut up.
    • Then Long John Silver turns to Jim and addresses him as "Mr. Hawkins" (28.16).
    • He explains that Doctor Livesey approached the pirates the day before with a flag of truce.
    • Doctor Livesey broke it to the pirates that the ship was gone. Long John Silver admitted that they were all drunk and hadn't even noticed.
    • So Doctor Livesey and Long John Silver bargained.
    • Doctor Livesey has left the pirates the fort, supplies, and firewood, and gone off with his friends to who knows where – Long John Silver has no idea.
    • Jim says whatever, things couldn't get any worse. Since he's already in about as much trouble as he can be, he decides to gloat.
    • He tells Long John Silver that it's all thanks to him that Silver's plans have gone wrong. Jim is the one who overheard the pirates' plans and told the Captain and the squire, and he's the one who cut the schooner's lines and set the boat adrift.
    • Jim exclaims that he doesn't care if Long John Silver kills him now.
    • He does offer that, if the pirates let him go, he'll testify to try to save them from hanging back in England.
    • All the pirates look totally dumbstruck.
    • Tom Morgan pipes up that it must be true – it's Jim who identified Black Dog back in the pub at Bristol (see Chapter 2).
    • And Long John Silver agrees that Jim is the one who took the chart from Billy Bones (Jim's captain at the Admiral Benbow Inn).
    • Tom Morgan tries to stab Jim, but Long John Silver holds him back.
    • The other pirates agree that Tom Morgan is right.
    • Long John Silver wants to know if any of them dare to fight him.
    • No one moves.
    • Jim suddenly feels some hope.
    • The other pirates slowly draw away to the other end of the fort.
    • Long John Silver tells them to speak up if they have something to say.
    • One of the pirates tells Long John Silver that he may be captain by election, but no one is happy with the way things are going. He demands to talk to Long John Silver outside.
    • Eventually all the other pirates join him, waiting for Long John Silver.
    • Long John Silver whispers to Jim. He says he knows the game is up. Once he saw the Hispaniola gone, he knew there was nothing to be done. So he'll do his best to save Jim's life, but Jim has to promise to do his best to save him from hanging.
    • Jim doesn't know how he'll be able to do this when Long John Silver has been the ringleader of the whole mutiny, but he promises to try.
    • Long John Silver then asks if Jim can explain why Doctor Livesey has given him the treasure map.
    • Jim looks so astonished at this news that Long John Silver realizes Jim has no idea either.
  • Chapter 29

    The Black Spot Again

    • The pirate council outside takes a long time.
    • Finally, the five pirates come back inside.
    • The youngest one is holding something in his hand, which he gives fearfully to Long John Silver.
    • It's the black spot (see Chapter 3), but it's been cut out of a Bible, which Long John Silver says is awful luck.
    • It was Dick Johnson who cut the circle of paper out of the Bible. Long John Silver says he's doomed.
    • George Merry (one of the remaining pirates) points to the reverse side of the spot, where it says, "Deposed" (29.17). (To be deposed is to be removed from office – so Long John Silver is no longer the official captain of the pirates.)
    • Long John Silver says he's still captain until he hears the crew's problems with him and has a chance to answer.
    • George answers that: 1) Long John Silver has messed up the whole plan; 2) he let their enemies leave their fort just because they wanted to; 3) he prevented the pirates from attacking their enemies as they were leaving the fort; and 4) he let Jim Hawkins live.
    • George says they'll all be hanged thanks to Long John Silver and his mistakes.
    • Long John Silver replies that it's not him who messed up the plan. He wanted to play everything more carefully. It was Job Anderson, Israel Hands, and George Merry who blundered into this mess.
    • Why should they kill Jim when he's a readymade hostage?
    • And the final point: Long John Silver let their enemies live and leave the fort because he's gotten the treasure map in exchange.
    • The pirates are deeply impressed by this revelation. They're all immediately on Long John Silver's side again.
    • Long John Silver says the only thing the black spot has done is spoiled Dick Johnson's Bible.
    • Johnson asks if his Bible will still be good to pray with.
    • Long John Silver says it's no more than a songbook now, but Dick Johnson seems to feel that even that's something.
    • Long John Silver gives Jim the black spot to keep as a memento.
    • They all go to bed, except for one guard. Jim has trouble falling asleep. He can't stop thinking about Long John Silver and the dangerous game he's playing.
  • Chapter 30

    Chapter 30

    On Parole

    • Jim wakes up to a voice calling into the fort, announcing that Doctor Livesey is there.
    • Jim is glad to see the Doctor, but he's also ashamed because of his desertion.
    • Long John Silver greets him heartily.
    • Doctor Livesey is coming to treat the pirates for their injuries and sickness.
    • Long John Silver has a surprise for him: Jim!
    • Doctor Livesey is so shocked to see Jim that he stops for a moment without speaking.
    • Before asking what's going on, Doctor Livesey goes in to see the pirates.
    • Even though he knows they might kill him at any time, he doesn't behave as though anything is out of the ordinary.
    • The fellow with the bandaged head is looking a bit better, but George Merry and Dick Johnson are both feverish.
    • Doctor Livesey swears he'll do his best to keep them alive so they can stand trial and be hanged back in England.
    • After treating them all, Doctor Livesey wants to have a word with Jim.
    • George says that's not OK, but Long John Silver allows it as long as Jim swears not to run away.
    • The pirates protest, but Long John Silver tells them to shut up – they'll keep the treaty until the right time, he insists.
    • Long John Silver walks down with Doctor Livesey and Jim to the gate.
    • Long John Silver warns Jim to walk slowly – the pirates are looking for any excuse to turn on Jim and him.
    • Long John Silver wants Jim to stand witness that he saved Jim's life, at great personal risk to himself.
    • Long John Silver leaves Jim and Doctor Livesey to their talk.
    • Doctor Livesey says he's disappointed that Jim ran off like a coward the minute Captain Smollett got injured, and that he'll get what he deserves.
    • Jim starts to cry. Doctor Livesey doesn't need to remind him he's done wrong, and Jim knows he's doomed anyway.
    • Doctor Livesey feels bad and suggests that he and Jim run away.
    • Jim can't – he promised Long John Silver.
    • But Jim is worried that, if he's tortured, he'll reveal that he knows where the ship is.
    • Jim quickly outlines everything he's done since he snuck out of the stockade.
    • Doctor Livesey promises he won't let Jim be killed, since Jim has saved their lives more than once by uncovering the plot and finding Ben Gunn.
    • Doctor Livesey then calls out to Long John Silver, warning him to steer clear of the treasure, or else he'll find more trouble.
    • Long John Silver answers that he can't; he needs that treasure to save his and Jim's lives.
    • Long John Silver asks why Doctor Livesey gave him the map in the first place. Why doesn't Doctor Livesey just come straight out and say what's going on?
    • Doctor Livesey says he can't share a secret that isn't his.
    • Still, Livesey promises to do his best to save Long John Silver if they all get out of this. He also advises that Long John Silver keep Jim close by his side.
    • With that, Doctor Livesey heads back into the forest.
  • Chapter 31

    The Treasure-Hunt – Flint's Pointer

    • Long John Silver admits that he saw Doctor Livesey gesturing for Jim to make a run for it. Since Jim kept his promise, Long John Silver feels that Jim has saved his life, so he owes him.
    • The pirates beckon Jim and Long John Silver over – they have breakfast going.
    • Long John Silver tells the group that the Doctor and his fellows have the ship, but once the pirates get the treasure, they'll have the upper hand, since the pirates are the ones who have the boats to row out to the ship.
    • Long John Silver tells them all of these half-truths to build up the pirates' confidence and to keep them from getting violent.
    • Long John Silver reminds them of Jim's value as a hostage.
    • Jim is worried: what if Long John Silver goes back to working for the other pirates? What did Doctor Livesey mean by warning Long John Silver not to go after the treasure?
    • They all set off looking for the treasure. All the sailors are armed, and Long John Silver is carrying Captain Flint (the parrot, not the dead pirate) on his shoulder. Jim is tied to Long John Silver with a rope around his waist (like a toddler harness!).
    • They walk over to the rowboats and set off after the treasure.
    • They follow the directions on the map until, suddenly, the man on the furthest left lets out a shout.
    • There's a skeleton lying on the ground covered in scraps of cloth.
    • Long John Silver realizes that the skeleton is a pointer, indicating the direction of the treasure.
    • He shakes his head – it's just the kind of dark joke Captain Flint would have liked.
    • Long John Silver figures out that the bones must have belonged to a pirate named Allardyce.
    • The pirates exchange memories about Flint – his wickedness and his bad temper.
    • Even though Long John Silver tells them to be quiet and keep going, finding this dead pirate skeleton has clearly freaked out his men.
  • Chapter 32

    The Treasure-Hunt – The Voice Among the Trees

    • The pirates stop to take a rest after reaching the top of the hill.
    • Tom Morgan says he's not feeling well; he's still thinking about Captain Flint.
    • They start talking about the pirate captain again.
    • Suddenly a high voice somewhere in the trees starts singing, "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest/ Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!" (32.9).
    • The six pirates truly freak out – Tom Morgan actually falls to the ground.
    • Long John Silver is pale and frightened, but he tells the other pirates it's just someone messing around.
    • Then the voice calls, "Fetch aft the rum, Darby!" (32.14).
    • Apparently, these were Flint's last words.
    • Long John Silver won't let the other terrified pirates turn back.
    • He points out that the call had an echo – and no spirit voice echoes, does it?
    • George Merry seems comforted by Long John Silver's observation.
    • They realize that the voice doesn't sound like Captain Flint at all – it sounds like Ben Gunn!
    • George Merry says no one cares about the ghost of Ben Gunn. So all the pirates seem to feel much better, and they continue on.
    • Dick Johnson is still holding his Bible fearfully, and Long John Silver makes fun of him for it.
    • Finally they reach the three tall pines where the treasure is buried.
    • Thinking he's about to find a vast treasure, Long John Silver looks menacingly at Jim.
    • Jim realizes that if the pirates find the treasure, Long John Silver may not honor the treaty he struck with Doctor Livesey.
    • Dick Johnson has started babbling – he's caught a bad fever and he's becoming incoherent.
    • Then they find something that's a complete shock: the treasure has already been dug up!
  • Chapter 33

    The Fall of a Chieftain

    • With this disappointment, the pirates turn against Long John Silver again.
    • Long John Silver quietly hands Jim a pistol and tells him to prepare for trouble.
    • Meanwhile the pirates have jumped into the pit looking for any traces of the treasure.
    • All they find is a two-guinea piece – worth just over two British pounds.
    • George Merry accuses Long John Silver of having known all along that the treasure was gone.
    • The pirates climb out of the pit and approach Long John Silver.
    • George Merry is about to charge when three shots from the forest take him down.
    • Doctor Livesey, Abraham Gray, and Ben Gunn join Long John Silver and Jim.
    • They set off quickly to stop the pirates from getting away in their rowboats.
    • Eventually they realize that they're already between the three remaining pirates and their rowboats, and that the pirates are running away from their boats rather than toward them, so they settle down for a rest.
    • It turns out that it was Ben Gunn who first found the skeleton pointer and figured out where the treasure was.
    • Ben Gunn carried all the gold from the treasure chests to his cave two months before the Hispaniola even arrived on the island.
    • That's why Doctor Livesey gave Long John Silver the treasure map – he had heard from Ben Gunn that the treasure had already been moved, so he knew the map was useless.
    • Doctor Livesey also explains why they gave up the fort to the pirates: Ben Gunn has plenty of salted goat meat stored away, so Doctor Livesey and his friends didn't need the supplies they had brought. What's more, Doctor Livesey didn't think it was safe to stay at the fort with its marshland and malaria (a bad fever you can get from mosquitoes, which breed in damp places).
    • Doctor Livesey admits that he felt bad about abandoning Jim to his fate, but Jim left without telling anyone, so what was he supposed to do?
    • However, once Doctor Livesey realized Jim would be there when the pirates discovered that the treasure was gone, he knew that Jim would probably be killed.
    • To save Jim, Doctor Livesey ran to get Abraham Gray and Ben Gunn (leaving Squire Trelawney to guard the injured Captain Smollett).
    • Ben Gunn ran ahead to spook the superstitious pirates, which so distracted them that they didn't notice the sounds of Abraham Gray and Doctor Livesey approaching with their guns. That's how they were able to successful ambush them.
    • The group reaches the two rowboats the pirates have been using.
    • Doctor Livesey destroys one with a pickax and they use the other one to row the eight or nine miles to the cove where the Hispaniola is beached.
    • Squire Trelawney greets Jim politely, then tells Long John Silver he's a liar and a villain.
    • Squire Trelawney says he won't try Long John Silver for murder right now, but he wishes he could.
    • The group enters the cave where Captain Smollett is lying by a fire.
    • There are huge stacks of gold in the cave.
    • Jim starts thinking about how much death and loss has happened just to find this gold.
    • Captain Smollett greets Jim. He says Jim's a good boy by and large, but he doesn't want to go to sea with him again.
    • Captain Smollett says Jim is too much "the born favorite" (33.41) for him. This wasn't a common expression even back in the 19th century, but we think Captain Smollett means that Jim is too independent and lucky to be trustworthy.
    • They eat a fine dinner that night.
    • Long John Silver helps out whenever needed and laughs at their jokes – just as he had when he was playing the loyal cook on their voyage out.
  • Chapter 34

    And Last

    • The next morning the group goes back and forth between the cave and the Hispaniola carrying their gold to the ship.
    • Jim amuses himself by sorting the various coins from the treasure pile.
    • They don't see any sign of the three remaining pirates – Tom Morgan, Dick Johnson, and a third unnamed dude.
    • On the third night of this, Doctor Livesey and Jim are out walking when they hear some distant singing.
    • It's the pirates, either drunk or delirious with fever.
    • Doctor Livesey says that if he was sure it was fever and not drunkenness, he would go out and treat them, no matter how dangerous it would be to him personally.
    • Long John Silver replies that that would cost him his life – the pirates would never trust Doctor Livesey, even if he meant them no harm.
    • They set sail on the Hispaniola with the British flag flying.
    • As they pass the southern point of the island, they see all three of the pirates kneeling on the ground and begging to be taken aboard the ship.
    • They feel full of pity, but they don't want to take the risk of bringing the pirates on board. Plus, why save their lives just to bring them back to England to be hanged?
    • Doctor Livesey shouts to the three marooned pirates that they've left supplies and ammunition on the island for them.
    • The pirates keep begging to be rescued. As the Hispaniola sails out of earshot, one of them takes his gun and shoots right at Long John Silver.
    • He misses, but it's close.
    • Jim is glad to see Treasure Island disappearing in the distance.
    • They set sail for "Spanish America" (probably Central America or the Caribbean) to get a new crew to sail with them back to England.
    • Once they arrive at a friendly harbor, Doctor Livesey, Squire Trelawney, and Jim all head out for a night on the town to recover from their long, hard stay on Treasure Island.
    • Once they come back to the ship, Ben Gunn informs them that Long John Silver has run off. He admits that he helped Long John Silver into a rowboat to get away because he was afraid that if he stuck around they would never be safe.
    • Long John Silver managed to get away with one bag of treasure.
    • Everyone is relieved that he's gone.
    • They hire some crew members and get safely back to England just as Squire Trelawney's servant, Mr. Blandly, was thinking of sailing after them.
    • They all had lots of treasure to share among them, which they used pretty much as you would expect.
    • Captain Smollett retires from the sea.
    • Abraham Gray saves his money, buys shares in a boat of his own, and starts a family.
    • Ben Gunn receives his thousand pounds (in keeping with the deal he struck with Doctor Livesey), but spends it all in about nineteen days. He settles in the country and becomes a big churchgoer.
    • They don't hear anything more of Long John Silver, but Jim assumes that he's living his days happily with his wife and parrot.
    • There's still treasure on the island – silver and weapons – but Jim decides you couldn't pay him enough to go back.
    • Indeed, the worst dreams he has are of the waves on Treasure Island's coasts and the parrot Captain Flint saying, "Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!" (34.26).