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Now it is the Captainís turn to talk. He asks Silver and his men to come up to him, one by one, and surrender themselves. He promises them a fair trial when they return to England. If he doesnít do so, the Captain warns him of worse consequences. Silverís composure changes. He asks someone to help him stand up. Nobody moves. Silver manages by himself. He spits on the spring water to indicate his reaction to the Captainís proposal. With a loud threatening yell, he stumbles out of the stockade and disappears into the woods.
The unexpected move of Silver puts everybody in the stockade on edge. The Captain asks everybody in the stockade to stay indoors and issues orders to his men to take their positions. This chapter highlights and contrasts the qualities of Captain Smollet and Long John Silver. When Silver tells them that he has a proposal, the reader obviously expects it to be a trick, considering the character of Silver. But there is also some hope of arriving at a peaceful conclusion without further loss of life. The Captain chooses to speak to him alone and gives an ultimatum.
When Silver salutes the Captain and greets the other men in the stockade, you see the crooked personality of Long John Silver. His ability to keep a cool head is highlighted when Captain Smollet tells him that is no more than a pirate, and asks him to sit outside. Silver comes straight to his point, which is the quality of a good leader. He asks the Captain for the treasure map in exchange of a safe sail for all of them back home. His other proposal puts forward the suggestion to distribute the treasure equally after which he would take the Hispaniola with him. And after they reach their destination, the Captain and his men would be picked up by another vessel later.
The Captainís listens to Silver carefully and patiently, but he is clearly unwilling to entertain Silver's ideas seriously. He tells Silver and his men to surrender in exchange of a safe trial back home. The Captainís ability to judge people and act accordingly is highlighted.
When Silver leaves the stockade he spits at the Captainís proposal.
So as the chapter ends, we learn that a fight is inevitable.
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