Treasure Island

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Captain Flint (parrot) Character Analysis

Long John Silver named his pet parrot after the notorious pirate captain. Silver seems genuinely fond of the creature, who, according to him, has traveled all around the world with the pirates. In the book, the parrot also serves as a means of alerting Jim and his friends to the presence of Silver, as he constantly squawks, “Pieces of eight!” and other pirate phrases.

Captain Flint (parrot) Quotes in Treasure Island

The Treasure Island quotes below are all either spoken by Captain Flint (parrot) or refer to Captain Flint (parrot). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Treasure Island published in 1999.
Chapter 34 Quotes

Of Silver we have heard no more. That formidable seafaring man with one leg has at last gone clean out of my life; but I daresay he met his old negress, and perhaps still lives in comfort with her and Captain Flint. It is to be hoped so, I suppose, for his chances of comfort in another world are very small.

Related Characters: Jim Hawkins (speaker), Long John Silver, Captain Flint (parrot)
Page Number: 190
Explanation and Analysis:

Long John Silver had escaped from the crew at the port where they docked after leaving Treasure Island. As Jim thinks back on the pirate, he imagines a life for him in a characteristic mix of fondness and suspicion. Such mixed feelings have characterized Jim’s attitude towards the pirate for much of the novel. Initially idolizing Silver, Jim soon realized the depths of his evil character, but then came to understand that his cruelty coexisted with bravery, quick wit, and remarkable pragmatism. Although Jim has not followed in Silver’s footsteps himself, and has no desire to become a pirate like Silver, he recognizes that there’s much that Silver has taught him—including the skills of deception and secrecy that help make Silver such a troubling figure.

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Captain Flint (parrot) Character Timeline in Treasure Island

The timeline below shows where the character Captain Flint (parrot) appears in Treasure Island. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 27. “Pieces of Eight”
Fortune and Greed Theme Icon
Father Figures and “Becoming a Man” Theme Icon
Deception, Secrecy, and Trust Theme Icon
...of a man sleeping. Suddenly he hears a shrill voice shouting “Pieces of eight!”—it’s Silver’s parrot. With no time to run, Jim backs into a man, who grabs him and holds... (full context)
Chapter 34. And Last
Fortune and Greed Theme Icon
Father Figures and “Becoming a Man” Theme Icon
Deception, Secrecy, and Trust Theme Icon
...though Jim imagines he met his wife and perhaps lives comfortably with her and the parrot. (full context)
Father Figures and “Becoming a Man” Theme Icon
Courage, Adventure, and Pragmatism Theme Icon
...His worst dreams include the loud waves on an island, and the sound of the parrot squawking “Pieces of eight!” (full context)