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This chapter also contains one of the most romantic pieces of writing by Stevenson. When he is writing about the island his detailed description conjures vivid images in the readerís mind. The reader is able to note that the author loves nature. For example, when he explains the grey, melancholy woods, wild stone spires, voice of the shore birds fishing and crying, the thunderous sound of the surf lashing against the rocks, the thick foliage, , rivers emptying into a pond, clean sand, etc., this detail transports you to Skeleton Island.
This view of the island though doesnít give Jim pleasure and he hates it. And when the ship is anchored, the doctor senses a fowl smell, like rotten vegetation. This only means that the atmosphere of the island is unhealthy. Jim says that the conduct of the men changes drastically once they reach the inner anchorage. The signs of disagreement and quarrel have already started showing up, except for Long John who is in high spirits, cheering up everybody, working hard, and singing song after song. This attitude disgusts Jim very much.
Taking stock of the worsening situation, the Captain calls a meeting and decides to appoint Silver to control the crew, so that the crew will remain calm. Hunter, Joyce and Redruth are taken in the Captainís group and given loaded pistols. Then the Captain grants permission to the men to go to the island.
The Captain slips off, leaving Silver in charge of the crew. He decides to leave six of his trusted men on the ship. When it occurs to Jim that he is not needed in the cabin, his adventurous instinct starts ticking. He slips off the deck, gets into a small boat and heads to the island. Silver notices this and calls Jim back. Jim ignores his call and makes his way to the island. Here we see a rebellious Jim who exults in his newly found freedom.
As the chapter ends, Stevenson quickly prepares Jim for another adventure, keeping the mood and tone of the story intact.
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