Chapter 10 Summary
The father has made bows and arrows for all the boys, and the next day they practice their shooting. Later, while they are making more arrows, the boys hear a shot and then Ernest shouting after two small birds fall to the ground. The father notes the names of the birds and tells the boys that in Europe, these birds are considered a great delicacy. Their treehouse is on a fig tree and the birds are attracted to the fruit, so their chances of having fine meals from these delicious birds are very good. After making more arrows, the father also creates quivers so each boy can carry arrows on his back.
Over dinner, the conversation turns to choosing names for various places on the island. Fritz wants to call the bay where they landed Oyster Bay because of all the oysters they found. Jack wants to name it Lobster Bay because of a large lobster that bit him on the leg. Elizabeth, however, believes the best name is Safety Bay, since it provided them with a safe landing. Everyone agrees.
Tentholm is the name for the beach where they erected their first tent home. The swamp where they saw the flamingos becomes Flamingo Marsh. Everyone is a bit stumped about the treehouse; eventually they settle on Falconhurst. Later they apply names to other prominent places such as Cape Disappointment, where they searched in vain for other survivors.
After dinner, Jack continues making armor for the large dog, Turk, out of a piece of porcupine skin, and then ties the tough leather around the dog's chest. With this new coat, Turk frightens the other dog, Juno, who stays away from Turk. While Jack made armor for Turk, his father made a helmet for Jack out of the porcupine needles. Jack is duly impressed.
The next morning, the family travels back to Tentholm to bring all remaining supplies. As they make their way over the territory, Ernest notices a patch of wild potatoes, which they gratefully dig up. This staple will greatly increase their food supply. The father also identifies several wild plants, such as pineapple, prickly cactus, aloe, and vanilla bean. He explains how each plant can be utilized. Of particular interest to Elizabeth is the karatas plant, which has long filaments usable as thread.
Their trip to Tentholm was successful. Back at Falconhurst, they are exhausted but very pleased.