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The buccaneers prepare breakfast. They roast an oversized ox. Jim notices the wasteful nature of the buccaneers while working. They donít seem to care about tomorrow and though they were probably ready for a fight anytime, Jim feels that they are unfit for doing any major work.
All this time, when Jim is reading the attitudes of the buccaneers, he notices Silver also gorging himself on the food. He doesnít find any difference between him and his men. And all the while Silver chatters about the treasure hunt, the good time that lay ahead of them and settling the account with Jim by going him his share. The men are in good humor now. Though Jim hears Silver saying all this he knows that Silver trying to balance himself in between the pirates on one side and freedom and wealth on the other. Jim is sure he will opt for the latter. This indicates the perceptive nature that Jim is developing.
When the treasure hunt begins Silver leads his men with Jim attached to a rope, a symbol of indignity to say the least. They refer to the chart time and again and discuss their plans. They are on the look out for a tall tree. They stop when they see a dead body lying on the ground in a strange position. Silver observes the corpse lying in a strange position and is quick to conclude that it is a sign from Flint. His guess comes true when the compass points in the direction of the treasure island. He also recognizes the body and tells the men that it is Allardyce - one of Flintís mates.
Morgan remembers the money Allardyce had borrowed from him. He gets down to check the corpse for the knife he had borrowed before the voyage. Morgan is among the basest of men. His crudity stoops to an all time low here.
Silver hints that Flint, while burying the treasure, had six men with him the same number as theirs. Was he hinting at anything? Nobody cares just now. Amidst these activities, a seaman starts singing the old sea song. Jim is disgusted at this untimely song. We see a fine sense of propriety in Jim. He seems to know the exact way to behave. They proceed towards the Island. But now they donít shout or scream instead they follow Silver closely speaking in whispering tones. Their fearful attitude towards spirits and ghosts is thus evident. Stevenson has a fine sense of the actual state of affairs within a pirate community.
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