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This chapter contains the most adventurous act of Jim. Cutting the Hispaniola loose from its anchor. Jim says the coracle was perfect for a person of his size and weight. But he says that it was very difficult to navigate it with the changing water current. Jim remembers Ben Gunn describing the boat as a queer thing to handle until one gets to know her way. Jim was lucky enough to have a tide sweep him toward the Hispaniola. He grasps the hawser when he gets near and plans to cut it. In a sudden flash of intelligence Jim realizes that a sudden cut in the hawser would relieve the mammoth Hispaniola that will crush his own boat. He almost abandons his idea. But when the hawser slackens with the wind Jim cuts the rope and leaves two strands to be loosened by the wind. He hears loud quarreling noises in the cabin where he recognizes the drunken Israel Hands voice. From the shore he recognizes the old sea song;
"But one man of her crew alive, What put to sea with seventy-five".
When a fresh breeze hits the ship Jim cuts loose the last rope fibers and the Hispaniola is freed of its anchor, leaving Jim in a fix. In a sudden impulse, he grasps a rope hanging from the ship. Jim feels the urge to climb up the schooner to get a glimpse the cabin. He climbs and finds Israel Hands engaged in a fist-fight.
Jim doesnít waste anytime on board and climbs down to his coracle. Stevenson, with portrayal of Jimís character, reminds the reader that Jim is not only a adventurous lad but also is an imaginative one. The reader may remember the first chapter of section two when Jim spends his time with Redruth day-dreaming about the island. Seeing the Hispaniola stumbling, Jim is terrified. He lies down flat on the bottom of the coracle praying and expects death with every big wave. Jim is very tired and worn out from his adventure. Even amidst these terrifying experiences he sleeps and dreams of "Admiral Benbow." By the end of the chapter, Stevenson leaves the reader with lots of questions. Whether the ship is wrecked? How would they get back to England? Or will they be stranded in the island like Ben Gunn?
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