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Stevenson portrays the character of Ben Gunn as a person who is careful and suspicious. His experiences with different sailors provide him with enough reason for the reader to understand.
As Jim makes his every way back to the ship he is exposed to constant bombardment of cannonballs from the Hispaniola. Jim notices the pirate flag Jolly Rogers flying on its peak. The ship is now under the control of the mutineers. When Jim reaches the stockade, he narrates his experience on the island. The fact that they are one man short comes to his notice. Jim says that the events of the day could have put everyone in a bad mood had it not been for Captain Smollet. He distributes work among the new members. Everybody, including the doctor admires Captain Smollet for his objectiveness and his enthusiasm.
The doctorís asks about Ben Gunn. When he finds out that he is craving for a pick of cheese, the doctor promises him some. This is indicative of his generosity. The doctorís character as a caring human which is a prerequisite for his profession, comes to fore.
Later on, they have supper and Jim finds the three men - Captain Smollet, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawny discussing their plan of action. Their anxiety is evident.
As Jim has had a hard day, he sleeps. His need for rest while the others discuss plans reminds the reader that the protagonist is still a child. He awakes suddenly when Long John Silver calls out for a truce. This entire adventure has been a learning process for Jim. This particular episode will teach Jim a new lesson about life.
Long Johnís move surprises Jim, for he doesnít understand what the leader of the mutineers has in mind. Neither does the reader.
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