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Treasure Island Chapter 27

By Robert Louis Stevenson

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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.

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