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Brave Jim Hawkins climbs up the ship in a daredevil stunt. When he makes his way to the deck, crawling along the bow spirit he doesnít see anybody except an empty bottle whisky. The ship has difficulty in staying afloat as there is no one controlling it. Jim searches for the men on board and finds a red cap and Israel Hands drunk and unconscious. In the meanwhile Jim notices that the coracle had disappeared under water. Stevenson builds up the tension painstakingly. The reader wonders as to what will happen next.
Suddenly he notices Hands moaning. Confirming that he is drunk and not in a position to talk Jim takes advantage of the situation. He walks up to Hands welcomes him on board sarcastically. Stevenson reminds the reader that Jim is childish enough to do this. However, he is also imitating adult-behavior by mocking a helpless man.
Hands regains his consciousness and is stunned to see Jim on board. In a bold display of maturity Jim confidently tells him that he has come to take possession of the ship. He asks Hands to address him as Captain, henceforth. This is also bravado to a great extent. His next act is more patriotic. He pulls down the pirate flag. Hands is forced to accept Jimís supremacy as he is still drunk, dull and weak.
Handsí bargain with Jim seems to be a stock situation to strike a deal in this cutthroat world. They accept each othersíconditions and Hands addresses him as Captain. Jim is thrilled to hear Handsí term of address. The inherent urge for a youngster to be acknowledged as superior is clearly evident in Jim. But this flattery doesnít act as a blinder and Jim knows he has to be cautious. By the end of the chapter Stevenson elevates Jimís ways to a higher plane. His agility and intelligence is portrayed when he decides to take advantage of Handsí drunkenness.
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