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The Squire is delighted to see them, as now the shipís crew is complete. The doctor had already arrived from London. The next day they would leave on the voyage.
Jim stays away from home. Their plans to board the ship and sail to the island do not work as fast as they had planned. All this time, Jim stayed with Redruth. During his spare time, Jim daydreams about the Treasure Island. Jim is portrayed as imaginative and brave, who is not afraid or apprehensive about the journey that lies ahead of him. When he finally receives the letter from the Squire, he is delighted. The voyage to the Treasure Island with the proper crew, excites him especially when he finds out that the Squire has already bought a 200 ton schooner named Hispaniola, appointed a proper crew with a diligent Sea Cook. He feels dejected and scared when he learns that the Squire had revealed the secret of the journey to people at Bristol. Jimís excitement clearly brings out his childish nature.
Having an opportunity to visit his mother and stay with her for a night makes him extremely happy. This again shows how much Jim cares for his mother. This is unlike the typical attitude demonstrated by most boys. Jim appears to be a much more sensitive person, especially after the death of his father.
In this chapter, the character of the Squire is briefly touched upon. Even though he is depicted as a hard task-master with burning enthusiasm and leadership qualities, he is not shown as a completely dependable man. Especially when, despite the promise given to the doctor, he tells him about the support he got from the people at Bristol. His non-judicious qualities are also touched upon briefly when he puts his trust in unknown people and even employs them despite the threat of trouble if the wrong people find out.
When Jim finds a boy replacing him at the Inn, it makes him jealous. He feels that he has taken Jimís place beside his mother, which fills him with emotional envy and his eyes well with tears at this sight.
The emotional tie that binds Jim to his mother , is painted as a essential characteristic of a boy brought up in a small family of three. And Jimís jealousy is a natural corollary of this quality. This doesnít stop Jim from pursuing his objective. Without allowing these thoughts to gain precedence over his ultimate goal of sailing to the Treasure Island, he leaves his mother with the boy at the Inn and takes them off his mind the moment they are out of sight.
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