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They enter the cave. Captain Smollet is lying beside the fire and the light from the blaze flickers the pile of Flintís treasure. Jim is dumbstruck to see the amount of wealth accumulated in the form of gold bars and coins. The Captain welcomes Jim. Silver is asked what he was up to this time, to which he promptly replies that he is back to his old duty.
They sit down and have supper. Jim recalls this moment as the happiest one he has had in the whole journey.
This chapter starts with Silver getting into the attacking position to defend himself and Jim. The treasure has gone. The men are disappointed and furious. Knowing their mind set and temperament, they would surely kill Silver and Jim. As Silverís behavior towards Jim has already made them suspicious, Silver expects the worst from them. He passes a double barrel pistol to Jim and points to a safe corner. Just as Silver suspected, the buccaneers are heard saying that he has changed sides and has cheated them.
The buccaneers leap into the pit to search for the treasure. They start digging even though they know that it is of no use. Morgan finds a piece of gold. They pass it on to everybody in the gang. When Morgan gets it he asks Silver sarcastically if it were the seven hundred thousand pounds they were made to dream about. Silver as always is undisturbed and replies to them in the same tone. He asks them to try hard to find some pig-nuts. When he questions Merry if he is exercising his old tactics to Captain the crew, the readers are able to conclude that Silver is on the defensive.
When George goes on to make a speech and signals to the mutineers by raising his hand, three bullet shots from the bushes hit him and another man. As the situation suddenly takes a twist, the mutineers flee.
Silver takes his revenge on George and shoots him. The men from the thicket Dr. Livesey, Abraham Gray and Ben Gunn appear on the scene suspecting that the buccaneers may take off with their boats. The Doctor and his men follow them. Silver tries to keep pace with them as he is one of them now. They stop when they find out that the buccaneers are not after the gigs. This is an exciting finish to the treasure hunt.
As the day ends they sit down and have supper. Jim finds this moment as the happiest moment of the voyage. Victory ultimately crowns the just. This seems to be the message Stevenson has for all his readers.
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