Chapter 3 Summary

Around noon, Jim checks on Billy Bones in his room. Billy begs for rum, saying that he has traveled through places with horrible diseases, “and I lived on rum. It’s been meat and drink, and man and wife, to me.” He shows Jim how his hands are shaking and promises to pay a gold coin for just one glass. Jim refuses the coin, saying he wants no money except what his father is owed. However, he agrees to bring a single glass of rum and no more.

After drinking, Billy tries to get up and leave, but he finds that he is too weak. He explains that his former crew, who sailed with a famous pirate named Captain Flint, wants his old sea-chest. Jim glances curiously at the chest, which, as far as he knows, has not been opened...

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