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This final chapter of the section is devoted entirely to Jimís lonely pursuit of adventure. Handsí death is a bloody affair and Jim is repulsed at the thought and sight of it. Nevertheless he gathers his nerves and disposes OíBrienís body. His act underlines his boldness. It also indicates his maturing into adulthood. No child can think of doing this.
Jim is now alone on the ship. He realizes the danger of being on the ship as it is not anchored. Knowing from experience that an unmanned schooner can run into troubled waters easily, Jim grabs the first opportunity to leave the ship. Once on the shore he makes his way to the stockade thinking of how pleased his companions would be with his news. He is now back in the mould of a bubbly youth who is eager to share his secret with his friends. He spots a glow of fire and reasons that a meal is being cooked. However, he finds it odd that the fire is burning brightly which indicates plenty of firewood. From his knowledge of the Captainís ways, he knows that the latter is a bit stingy with the firewood. Has something gone wrong in his absence? he wonders. When he hears a man happily snoring he concludes that all is well. This hastily drawn conclusion proves to be fatal for Jim. He does not follow up the mild suspicions he has had and this lands him in the enemy territory.
Before Jim actually disturbs the camp, we glimpse his sense of propriety. He realizes his fault of ditching his companions and seeking adventure all alone. When it dawns on him that he is in the enemy camp, the first thought that occurs to him is regarding death. Stevenson twists the tale here in a dramatic way. The tables are turned. The reader is kept guessing the outcome.
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