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Chapters 7, 8, and 9

Chapter 7 - I Go to Bristol

For several weeks Jim waits restlessly at Trelawney's estate, accompanied by the old gamekeeper Redruth, while Dr. Livesey settles his business in London and Trelawney goes to Bristol to find a ship and crew for the voyage. Trelawney sends a long and enthusiastic letter describing the success of his trip: he has found a schooner, the Hispaniola, and, with the help of a one-legged ship's cook named Long John Silver, a crew to man the ship. Trelawney's letter also reveals that he has not kept quiet about the goal of their trip, which causes Jim to worry. Jim returns to the Admiral Benbow for one day, to say goodbye to his mother and instruct the boy who has replaced him as her helper; feeling rootless and lonely, Jim rides by coach to Bristol to join the expedition. Arriving at Bristol, he is thrilled by the sights and sounds of the bustling seaport and learns that the Hispaniola is set to sail the next day.

Chapter 8 - At the Sign of the "Spy-Glass"

Squire Trelawney sends Jim to the Spy-glass, a waterfront tavern, with a message for Long John Silver. Silver is a tall, strong, hearty man with a peg-leg and a parrot on his shoulder; Silver's cheerful aspect reassures Jim, who is troubled at first by memories of the one-legged sailor Billy Bones warned him about. While talking with Silver, Jim sees Black Dog, one of the men who was chasing Billy Bones, run out of the tavern. Jim's suspicions are aroused again, but Silver and another sailor manage to convince Jim that Black Dog's presence is a coincidence. Jim and Silver walk back to the inn, Silver filling Jim's ears with information about the shipping trade and regaling him with sea stories; Jim is convinced that Silver is an honest man and an ideal shipmate. They arrive at the inn, where Squire Trelawney and Dr. Livesey are waiting. Silver accurately describes the meeting with Black Dog, and both men are convinced of Silver's character and honesty.

Chapter 9 - Powder and Arms

Livesey, Trelawney, and Jim join the Hispaniola, where they meet the skipper, Captain Smollett, and first mate, Mr. Arrow. Squire Trelawney is quite friendly with Arrow, but seems to dislike the captain, who asks to speak with Trelawney, Livesey and Jim in private. Captain Smollett tells them he's worried about the voyage: he doesn't like the crew, he thinks Arrow is too friendly with the men to be a good first mate, and he's troubled that the men seem to know all the details of the cruise while he has been told nothing. A trip in search of treasure, he argues, is risky and likely to attract a crew motivated by greed. He insists that the layout of the ship be rearranged to allow the officers to defend against a possible mutiny; if not, he says he will resign his command. Jim, Livesey, and Trelawney decide Smollett is an honest man, but that they, particularly Jim and Trelawney, don't much like him.

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Historical Context
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Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Chapters 4, 5, and 6
Chapters 7, 8, and 9
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Chapters 13, 14, and 15
Chapters 16, 17, and 18
Chapters 19, 20, and 21
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Chapters 25, 26, and 27
Chapters 28, 29, and 30
Chapters 31, 32, 33, and 34


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