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As the name of the section suggests, this section comprises six chapters entirely devoted to Jimís adventures all by himself. Having developed Jimís character from an obedient boy working at the Admiral Benbow in the first chapter to a brave lad killing a mutineer with a lash of his cutlass in the previous one, Stevenson now takes the story further by leaving Jim all by himself on the island. By doing so, he maintains and develops the theme of the whole book. In this chapter Jim describes how he began his sea adventure. The focus is not only on the treasure but also on how Jim develops as an adolescent.
The mutineers did not return for a long time, so the crew gets on with their usual chores. They cook dinner when the doctor attends to the wounded. The Captain had his shoulder bone fractured, and his liver was also punctured. Hunter still remained unconscious as the bones of his chest were crushed and his skull was fractured when he fell. Jim says, he lingered all day breathing loudly. The doctor dresses up Jimís wound too. Again Stevenson highlights the generous and caring nature of the doctor. The idea of having a doctor as one of the characters pays rich dividends this way. Later we also see how he attends to the wounds of those in the enemy camp.
After dinner, the doctor, the Captain and the Squire discuss their future plans. Soon the doctor leaves the stockade with a pistol and a cutlass. Jim assumes that he is out to meet Ben Gunn. He feels very jealous of the doctor as he is able to walk through the cool shade of the thick foliage while Jim and Gray had to sustain the wrath of the sun amidst dead bodies in the stockade.
Jim decides to step out and have a nice time for himself. After filling his coat pocket with biscuits he picks up his pistol and ammunition and he leaves the stockade. Once outside, he heads toward the eastward shore of the island enjoying his walk. He notices the Hispaniola with the pirate flag fluttering on its peak and Silver and his men on a gig just behind it. Jim is able to hear Captain Flint-Silverís parrot screaming. This description is merely to show how interested Jim is in his surroundings now that he is free. Earlier he had not found the island interesting. Now that he is free he likes what he sees.
Finding Ben Gunnís boat is a stroke of luck. Jim, in a completely boyish display of mischief, decides to cut the Hispaniola loose, that is, free it of its anchor. Once decided, he sets out to accomplish his mission. While rowing towards the ship, Jim feels important. This is nothing but self-importance. With Jim the reader also travels to the ship. The danger of Jimís act is obvious to the reader, but Jim merrily moves on. Stevenson seems to prefer adventurous boys to those who exercise discretion.
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