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The Captain makes a note of the day’s happenings. He records Redruth’s death, while the doctor wonders about what has happened to Jim Hawkins. Just then they are in for a big surprise. Hunter hears someone hailing them. The doctor rushes towards the door to see Jim Hawkins safe and sound, making his way to the stockade.
From the ship to the boat. From the boat to land. And from the land to the stockade. Stevenson progresses step by step with his adventure.
In this chapter the crew is on the island where Jim Hawkins is stranded. But at this moment they don’t whether he is alive or dead. Once on land this is not the only trouble that’s bothering them. As they see the stockade and proceed towards it they are attacked by the mutineers led by Job Anderson. The mutineers run for their lives when Hunter, Joyce, the Squire and the doctor open fire at them.
Just when they start rejoicing the victory, a bullet hits Redruth. He is carried to the stockade, bleeding profusely. He dies shortly afterwards. This incident makes them review their safety. There is also a solemn burial ceremony as Redruth dies on duty. The reader may note that Tom Redruth is the first character to die from the Captain’s group.
The act of the Captain to fly the Union Jack on the stockade and his refusal to take it off despite heavy firing from the enemy camp shows the patriotic spirit of the Captain.
The Captain and his men are depressed, however, due to these and other losses they have faced. They are also genuinely worried about Jim. With the chapter’s end, Jim appears on the scene and is ready to rejoin his group.
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