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A clearheaded, duty-bound, and a very understanding human character, he plays an important role in implementing the right moves in the right places. For instance, when he butts in the heated conversation between Captain Smollet and the Squire and brings stability to the situation by acting sensibly on the Captainís suggestions. Stevenson portrays him as a duty bound medical practitioner when he visits even the enemy camp to treat the wounded. Dr. Livesey is also the first person to acknowledge and appreciate Jimís efforts and take him on as a cabin boy for the voyage. The reader may note the book is a result of the request made to Jim by Dr. Livesey together with Squire Trelawney.
Stevenson introduces the Squire as a close associate of Dr. Livesey. A tall man with a rough face, he is portrayed as an enthusiastic character capable of undertaking major tasks. The agility with which he arranges for the ship and appoints his crew to the Treasure Island clearly portrays his high spirits. Though a mature character, his activities indicates that he is an unreliable man when it comes to keeping secrets. The admirable quality of the Squire to accept his own mistakes and rectify them makes him a likeable character.
The Captain of the ship Hispaniola, he plays an important role in the treasure hunting voyage. A brave man who has extreme respect for his country, his character as an experienced Captain comes through when he turns down the request of Long John Silver to enter the cabin of the stockade, treating him like a pirate, and not allowing any undue liberties. The Captainís quality as a keen strategist comes through when he decides to give command of the crew, excluding his six faithful men, to Long John to take him into confidence and avoid giving him any indication of their knowledge about the mutiny that was being planned against them. He suffers injuries during the attack and he retires after the voyage from the Treasure Island.
An English man who is the only resident of Treasure Island. Marooned by a group of pirates 3 years back, when first noticed, he is seen jumping like a monkey among the trees. His craving for a Christian diet and his longing to speak to a human shows the pathetic state of mind he is in after loosing contact with human beings. An old time mate of Captain Flint in his ship Walrus, he had accompanied the Captain during the voyage when the treasure was buried. He is the first man to find the treasure and shift it to a safe place. His craving for a piece of cheese despite possessing the enormous wealth of the Captain is portrayed in quite an ironical way. He plays an important role in helping the men to save themselves from Long John Silver.
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