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When Captain Smollet asks if anybody had been to the island before Silver says he has. The reader may note the crooked and tactful personality of the Sea Cook changing from the commanding tone of leader a few minutes back to a mere seaman helping his Captain.
He gives details of the island. When Captain Smollet hands him a chart for his confirmation of the island, Silver is obviously dejected on not finding the original map. But he is smart enough conceal his disappointment and continue his conversation, this is the extent of his two-facedness.
The coolness with which Sliver displays his knowledge in front of the others amazes Jim. Jim is frightened when Silver proceeds towards him to tell him about the good time that is in store for Jim on the island.
Jim doesnít waste any time in informing the Captain and his confidants about the group headed by Long John Silver. The Captain advises them to go on with the mission as they canít turn back now. He cautions them about a possible attack any moment. To counter the enemy, he groups his trusted hands. Jimís prompt action demonstrates the responsibility he has accepted. He is grown up enough to realize who is on the right side of the law and his upbringing allows him to decide on which side he is going to be.
When Jim observes the Captain planning for future moves, he feels helpless. But he feels proud when the Doctor addresses him as a helpful hand and gives credit for his perceptive abilities.
This chapter again touches upon the quality of the protagonist as a keen observer. It also reveals the mistake of Squire Trelawney in choosing Long John first as his cook and then appointing his men as the crew. But his maturity and willingness to correct himself is brought to fore when he accepts the capability of the Captain and the gap between their conflicting attitudes are bridged.
Captainís Smollettís character as a mature, intelligent, honest and true-to-work personality is revealed when he orders his men not to turn back but be constantly prepared for an attack. By the end of the chapter and the section, Stevenson involves the reader thoroughly in the plot.
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