In the third chapter, entitled "The Island", Mafatu found "a firestick to his liking; a piece of hard wood, bone-dry, as large around as his forearm". Propping the wood against a rock, he squatted, and rubbed a smaller stick of the same material back and forth until a groove formed on the large stick and a pile of wood dust gathered at one end of the groove.. He moved the stick faster and faster until finally a wisp of smoke and a glowing spark was emitted. Quickly grabbing a handful of dry twigs, Mafatu cupped his hand and blew on the spark, and a flame burst into life. Mafatu had made a fire.