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  • In Treasure Island we are told that Long John Silver has a wife, whom he leaves in England while on the treasure hunt and whom he is presumed to reunite with after his Karma Houdini. As she is mentioned in all of three sentences and has no lines I presumed that this character existed only to suggest Silver's larger backstory but it then occurred to me that if Jim knew that Long John would be coming back for her he could tell the police or whatever to stakeout her house but chose not to: it's an example of Jim's character growth. —Wascally Wabbit
    • No, when Silver mentions his wife ("What I Heard In The Apple Barrel") he says that he's left her with instructions to sell the Spy-Glass, empty the bank accounts, and meet him at a pre-arranged location which he will not reveal even to his fellow-pirates for fear of exciting jealousy. Jim could not have had the house staked out even if he had wanted to. Silver did this because he knew he would not dare to go back to Bristol after the Hispaniola business, and Dick, the young pirate, had asked how it was that all of Silver's earlier earnings weren't about to be going to waste. —Captain Pedant
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    • Okay, I know how stupid this is going to sound, but.. For a long time, I thought the fast food chain Long John Silver's was simply named after one of the more famous literary pirates in the world. It wasn't until I learned that Long John was the ship's cook in the story that naming the restaurant chain after him made even more sense than before.
  • Why is it that after Jim is told to not trust a one-legged man does he trust John Silver into the crew?
    • He did suspect Long John Silver to be the "one-legged seafaring man" Billy Bones warned him of, but Silver's jovial attitude and seeming harmlessness won him over.
    • Due to the high frequency of mutilation in the Wooden Ships and Iron Men period, there were hundreds of one-legged former sailors in England at that time. Jim was suspicious at first, but eventually decided that his fears were unjustified.
    • Note that Jim's imagination goes into overdrive about the "one-legged seafaring man," so that by the time Bones dies he's imagining the one-legged man to be some sort of Eldritch Abomination. He wasn't prepared for anyone as ostensibly normal as Silver.
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    • Plus, when you consider how frightened Jim was of Billy Bones himself, upon meeting a charming and friendly one-legged man such as Mr John Silver, it's possible Jim just reasoned that he was listening to the paranoid ravings of the story's villain. From page one, Jim was frightened by Billy Bones, but he wasn't ever truly frightened of Long John Silver, even up to the end of the story itself. He didn't always LIKE Silver, but he wasn't ever FRIGHTENED of him like he was Billy Bones


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