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Silver’s tone reeks of mischievous sarcasm though he genuinely admires the youthful spirit of Jim and tells him that he is reminded of his childhood. After the initial bout of flattery, Silver tells him about Captain Smollet and his men and that they were extremely upset with Jim for his irresponsible behavior. Silver welcomes him in his group as he rejected by the Captain’s men. Jim is relieved to hear that his friends are still alive. At the same time he is sensible enough to distinguish between friend and foe and he clearly realizes that Silver is not exactly a friend. Silver goes on to tell him the incident where Dr. Livesey approaches them for food and firewood after which they disappeared.
Silver allows Jim to speak. In a fearless outburst of emotion, Jim relates all his adventures. He thus expresses the child-like desire to make a clean breast of the wrongs committed by him. It shows that he is indeed honest in his dealings. He hides nothing from Silver. Jim has perhaps realized that for some time he might have to put up with Silver and so he doesn’t want to be ill-treated. He requests Silver to tell the doctor about his deeds if things turn for the worst. Silver’s reaction perplexes Jim as he is not able to decide whether he is laughing or he is actually impressed.
When Morgan charges at Jim with a knife, Silver stops him and reminds him that he is the Captain and that he will take the decisions. As Morgan is supported by some of his men, Silver roars like a lion and challenges anybody who is willing to take command of the gang with his cutlass. He tells them that Jim is more a man than any of them. These words ring clear and true. Jim is recognized as a hero by the villainous Silver. What greater compliment can a person be paid than this - his enemy speaking of him in terms of praise!
A long pause takes the reader to one of the most unbelievable incident in the whole book. One by one Silver’s men walk out on him.
The calmness and the cool headedness of Silver is clearly evident when instead of panicking, he makes a proposal. He tells Jim that he will save his life from the buccaneers if Jim can save him from being hanged. He goes on to say that he never trusted his men, Hands and O’Brien included. The reader at this point is forced to think this character as a psychopath. Silver’s psychopathic nature also lends a new twist to the whole drama. When he asks him intention behind the doctor’s handing over the chart Jim wonders about the possible reason for his inquiry; so does the reader.
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