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Mr. Arrow turns out to be worse than what the Captain has predicted. He turns out to be a complete drunkard, hardly attending to this duties. He doesn’t voice a command over his junior sailors either. Over time, he also turns out to be bad influence amongst the men. Jim says that his disappearance hardly surprised anybody. He is neither missed, as he was more of liability than an asset.
Jim observes that the Squire’s choice of Mr. Arrow as the officer, which was sternly objected to by the Captain, indeed turns out to be a mistake.
As the title of the section suggests, the whole section concentrates on the character introduction and development of the Sea Cook Long John Silver.
Jim observes that Long John is one of the most enthusiastic and lively characters aboard the schooner. He is the most likeable on board and the favorite amongst sailors. The character of Long John is made likeable by Stevenson when he portrays certain qualities by Long John. Long John is seen moving around the deck even while he is cooking. Even in the worst of weathers, he would move from one place to another despite his handicap and that his movement isn’t any slower than a normal man.
Here the reader is introduced to the Sea Cook’s personality. And when Stevenson writes that he walks as fast as any other man, Silver’s personality as a man to reckon with is established. The intelligent side of his personality is depicted when the other hands tell Jim that the Sea Cook has had a good education and possessed a very refined language.
Silver's liking for Jim develops with the plot. He frequently invites Jim to listen to his parrot, Captain Flint talk. He often speaks to Jim at length about the parrot saying that it had seen more wickedness than the devil and that it was 200 years old. In the meanwhile, the Squire’s attitude towards the Captain has not changed and he despises him more than ever. Inter-personal dislike is highlighted by Stevenson, especially as Jim is a child and children observe the oddities of their elders quickly.
The apple barrel, serves as the turning point of the story developed so far. Before this instance, Stevenson had built up the tension with the description of Seaman with one leg and the name of Captain Flint but it is for the first time he reveals the second side of the mission.
Jim’s innocent trip to the apple barrel brings him to the knowledge of an impending mutiny. Again Stevenson points out that only a child can squirm into such places as an apple barrel. At this point, the reader is reminded of the Captain’s comments about the atmosphere on the deck. And this is for the first time that Stevenson reveals the negative side of Silver as an untrustworthy seaman.
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