Chapter 33 Summary

The pirates stand dumbstruck, staring at the empty boxes. Long John Silver realizes that they will soon turn on him. He hands Jim a pistol and moves into position for a fight. Jim is glad to have a gun but disgusted at the way Silver’s loyalties change from moment to moment. “So you’ve changed sides again,” Jim mutters.

The other pirates leap into the hole that once held the treasure. Digging with their hands, they unearth a single two-guinea coin that has been left behind. They pass it around, shaking it angrily at Silver. They are furious—but they are also afraid to fight. George urges the others to attack; after all, they are only facing an “old cripple” and a “cub.”

At this moment,...

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