Treasure Island

While this character never appears in person in Treasure Island, Captain Flint, a notorious pirate, haunts its pages (as he haunts the fears of many of the characters within it). It was Flint who buried the notorious treasure on the island, before killing all six of the pirates who helped him hide it—presumably so that they wouldn’t be able to go back and find it. Although he is dead by the time of the events, many of the pirates continue to fear him, wondering if he’s still able to wreak havoc on those who are alive.

Captain Flint Quotes in Treasure Island

The Treasure Island quotes below are all either spoken by Captain Flint or refer to Captain Flint. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Treasure Island published in 1999.
Chapter 3 Quotes

Now, if I can't get away nohow, and they tip me the black spot, mind you, it's my old sea-chest they're after; you get on a horse—you can, can't you? Well, then, you get on a horse, and go to-well, yes, I will!—to that eternal Doctor swab, and tell him to pipe all hands—magistrates and sich—and he'll lay'em aboard at the 'Admiral Benbow'—all old Flint's crew, man and boy, all on 'em that's left. I was first mate, I was, old Flint's first mate, and I'm the on'y one as knows the place. He gave it me at Savannah, when he lay a-dying, like as if I was to now, you see.

Related Characters: Billy Bones (“the captain”) (speaker), Jim Hawkins, Doctor Livesey, Captain Flint
Related Symbols: The Black Spot
Page Number: 16
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 15 Quotes

“I were in Flint’s ship when he buried the treasure; he and six along—six strong seamen. They was ashore nigh on a week, and us standing off and on in the old Walrus. One fine day up went the signal, and here come Flint by himself in a little boat, and his head done up in a blue scarf. The sun was getting up, and mortal white he looked about the cutwater. But, there he was, you mind, and the six all dead—dead and buried. How he done it, not a man aboard us could make out. It was battle, murder, and sudden death, leastways—him against six. Billy Bones was the mate; Long John, he was quartermaster; and they asked him where the treasure was. ‘Ah,’ says he, ‘you can go ashore, if you like, and stay,’ he says; ‘but as for the ship, she’ll beat up for more, by thunder!’ That’s what he said.”

Related Characters: Ben Gunn (speaker), Long John Silver, Billy Bones (“the captain”), Captain Flint
Related Symbols: The Map of Treasure
Page Number: 82-83
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 33 Quotes

In a far corner, only duskily flickered over by the blaze, I beheld great heaps of coin and quadrilaterals built of bars of gold. That was Flint’s treasure that we had come so far to seek, and that had cost already the lives of seventeen men from the Hispaniola. How many had it cost in the amassing, what blood and sorrow, what good ships scuttled on the deep, what brave men walking the plank blindfold, what shot of cannon, what shame and lies and cruelty, perhaps no man alive could tell.

Related Characters: Jim Hawkins (speaker), Captain Flint
Page Number: 185
Explanation and Analysis:

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Captain Flint Character Timeline in Treasure Island

The timeline below shows where the character Captain Flint appears in Treasure Island. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3. The Black Spot
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...in the chest: the captain then says he was once first mate of the pirate Flint. (full context)
Chapter 4. The Sea-Chest
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...agrees to return with them to the Admiral Benbow to help: the name of Captain Flint terrifies many of them, and cowardice, Jim realizes, is infectious. But Jim’s mother makes a... (full context)
Chapter 6. The Captain’s Papers
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First, though, they eat dinner, and the squire talks about Captain Flint, the most violent and bloodthirsty pirate of all time. Dr. Livesey asks if Flint had... (full context)
Chapter 10. The Voyage
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...Jim kindly, often welcoming him into the galley with his parrot, whom he’s named Captain Flint after the pirate, and who repeats “Pieces of eight!” (a kind of silver coin) over... (full context)
Chapter 11. What I Heard in the Apple Barrel
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...night he lost his leg and Pew lost his sight, during a sea voyage with Flint as captain. The surgeon that amputated him, one of the pirate Roberts’ men, was hanged... (full context)
Chapter 15. The Man of the Island
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...rich, and that he’ll reward Jim for finding him. He asks if Jim is on Flint’s ship: Jim decides to tell the truth and says he’s not, but some of Flint’s... (full context)
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Ben tells Jim that he was in Flint’s ship when the treasure was buried by him and six seamen. Flint paddled back from... (full context)
Chapter 22. How My Sea Adventure Began
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...his men prowling the decks. Suddenly he hears horrible screaming: he is frightened, thinking of Flint, but then sees Silver’s parrot, who’s capable of mimicking anything. (full context)
Chapter 31. The Treasure Hunt—Flint’s Pointer
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...body must be a kind of compass: indeed, it points E.S.E. It must have been Flint, having killed the six men, who dragged this one to the tree, Silver says. (full context)
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The pirates begin to recollect about the frightful Flint and the men he killed: one almost thinks he hears Flint’s sailor song. Silver chides... (full context)
Chapter 32. The Treasure Hunt—The Voice among the Trees
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...says they must be close to finding the treasure. But Morgan mutters that thinking of Flint has chilled him, and the other pirates agree. (full context)
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...and a bottle of rum!” The pirates all go pale, and Merry cries that it’s Flint. To Jim, the voice sounded simply sweet, but Silver too seems shaken, though he tells... (full context)
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...Silver pulls roughly at the rope. Jim is also troubled and sobered by thinking of Flint’s six-fold murder on the very plateau they just passed. (full context)
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...the hole. Several packing-case boards are strewn about with the name Walrus, the name of Flint’s ship. The treasure is gone. (full context)