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The boat rows towards the stockade under the watchful eyes of Long Johnís men. They donít move. After loading the goods and entrusting Joyce to guard them, Hunter and the doctor come back for the second load. They make a lot of trips. When the last load is stacked, Captain Smollet asks Abraham Gray to join him and go to shore. Sound of blows are heard and he appears from the forecastle with a cut on his right check. He climbs down to the small boat and heads to shore with them.
You notice that Jim was on the island with Ben Gunn and he could not know of the events occurring on the ship. To bind the story together and to give the plot an overall development, Stevenson intelligently plans to pass the baton of narration to the doctor for a couple of chapters in this section.
So Dr. Livesey takes over the narration as Jim is stranded in the island.
The doctor and his crew receives the news that Jim has gone ashore alone. The people on the ship are concerned for his safety. They are aware of the mental state of the mutineers and doubt if they will ever see Jim again. The doctor is quite surprised when the six men donít stop him. The doctor finds the stockade a strategically placed log house, which was well-protected as it was six feet high, without doors on openings. What took the doctorís fancy most was the fresh water spring, as there was not much fresh water back on the ship. The death cry of a man reverberates in the air and the Doctor wonders if it is Jim.
They return to the Hispaniola and the doctor begins to load the small boat with provisions. After loading on the boat with the necessary items, the set off for the shore. They make many trips to the shore and back carrying supplies from the boat to the stockade.
Silver's men see them, but do not bother them. After he feels they have unloaded enough provisions, they try to get the last of the good men off of the ship. Abraham Gray is involved in a scuffle, but is able to escape and join them. They abandon the ship.
In this chapter the reader may note the characters dealing with situations in a more amateur manner. The doctorís intention, his bravery, and smooth running of his operation highlights the earlier point.
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