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This chapter adds a new element to the character of the protagonist Jim, which doesnít have any relation to anything from the previous chapters. When he finds Hands talking about the dead man OíBrien whom he had killed, Jim talks about the other world where one has to atone for all the sins one has done on earth. Here we see Jimís Christian learning. His moral uprightness urges him to Ďcorrectí Hands. Hands doesnít pay much attention to it and asks Jim to fetch him wine from the cellar. Jim finds this request unusual. Thinking he might be playing into a trap, he spies on Hands. This alertness saves Jimís life. For he sees Hands can move without any aid and that he had only fooled him. Jim now knows that Hands canít be trusted. Both of them want the ship safely anchored.
When Jim returns with a bottle of wine, Hands asks him to cut a quid of tobacco. Jim agrees but tells him that if he were a good Christian he would pray to god to grant him salvation from sins that he had committed. He says that he had also broken trust by killing OíBrien. This is an unusual characteristic of Jim. Stevenson, keeping in mind the target audience, for purposefully plans this scene.
Throughout the book the author evokes feelings through the protagonist. By developing Jimís character as a god-fearing lad, in this chapter, he directly reminds the reader about the tenets of Christianity. As the Hispaniola touches shore, Jim enjoys his maneuvers. Hands attacks Jim and in the scuffle that follows, Hands is killed - his death numbs Jim who has shot at him in self-defense. Handsí death also hints that the end of this adventure will be in Jimís favor. Here Jim is clearly the hero winning an important battle. This chapter not only sets the tone for the rest of the novel to proceed. It also adds a religious/moral dimension to the story.
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