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Silver throws the piece of paper to Jim. The paper contains two verses of the Bible. This is blackened with wood ash which soiled out as Jim took it in his hand. `Deposed’ was written on the blank side. Jim is unable to comprehend any thing. That ends the night’s activity. Jim lies down admiring the remarkable tactics Silver used to control the mutineers and save his life.
The atmosphere inside the stockade had changed drastically. Jim and Silver are alone. A buccaneer comes in and borrows the torch and they are now stranded in the dark. Silver by now adopts a friendly tone while conversing with Jim. The reader may remember that both of them had agreed to stick together and Silver is now on the Squire’s side.
Jim turns restless as he can’t see what the other men are doing, so he peeps out through the peep-hole. Though Jim can see the men discussing things with each other he is not able to guess their next move. The only thing he notices is the men are armed. When the men proceed towards the stockade Jim is terrified. They enter the room and one of them hands over a piece of paper to Silver. When he looks at it Jim hears a familiar term from Silver-‘The Black Spot’. It was Billy Bones who, the reader may remember, had mentioned the term for the first time.
Silver is furious when he finds out that the piece of paper is cut out from the Bible and tells the man who tore it-Dick - that he will have a curse on him for doing so. Silver, like all pirates is obviously superstitious. However, Silver is opposed by his men. They are on the verge of rebelling against him. Silver counters all the misgivings of his men, giving valid reasons. He accuses Hands, George, and others of double-crossing him. As for Jim, he says that he is held as a hostage. He reminds them of the deal whereby a doctor came to attend to them. He also reminds them of the consort that is expected to arrive and of the bargain with the doctor for food.
Saying this, to the great surprise of the men, he chucks a paper on floor. It’s the original map of the treasure island. Jim wonders how it has got into the hands of Silver. They learn that it is the original map of Flint. Silver reconfirms his position as the Captain. At the end of the day, Jim lies down admiring Silver’s commander, but what Jim admires most in Silver is his calm and composed nature even during worst times.
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