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After forcing a great deal of blood from the Captainís body, he regains his consciousness. The doctor tells him what has happened and asks him to stop drinking if he wants to live. But the Captain is more concerned about Black Dog. He is quite irritated when the doctor addresses him as Mr. Bones.
Jim and the doctor help him to his room and after putting him in bed, the doctor in his authoritative tone warns the Captain continuing to drink will kill him. On his way to check Jimís father, the doctor tells him that he has drawn enough blood to keep him quiet and that he should rest for a week. Finally, he also tells Jim that if the Captain continues to drink, his death is certain.
This chapter builds on the mystery and adds an extension to the personality of the Captain. In this chapter we learn the Captainís first name is Bill. Another character is introduced - Black Dog. He tries to get friendly with Jim, but Jim finds him odd when he asks Jim not to step out of the inn on the pretext of giving surprising his friend Bill. The Captain, instead of being surprised, reacts strangely when his name is called. Recognizing him instantly, the Captain asks him the purpose of his visit. Black Dog and Bill sits down to settle scores and Jim is asked to leave. Curiosity, one of Jimís predominant qualities is emphasized by Stevenson. Wanting to know more and more about them prompts him to eavesdrop. Jim hears only muffled sounds but he knows that it is not a friendly conversation, then leading to a fight. This incident highlights the fact that children have a natural inclination for curiosity and that they are also natural eavesdroppers.
Jimís relief when the doctor saves the Captain shows his sympathetic nature. Jim is taken into confidence by the doctor and asked not to provide alcohol to the Captain.
Jim is portrayed as a caring, obedient, and responsible boy by Stevenson. He also tells us a little more about the Captain's personality. But, we don't know much about the strange 'Black Dog'.
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