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Timeline of Events

  • Sometime in 1843

    After six months at sea, the Dolly lands at Nukuheva.

    Chapter 2
  • Several days later

    Tommo and Toby desert the ship.

    Chapter 6
  • Two days later

    Tommo is injured and running out of food.

    Chapter 7
  • Four days after deserting

    Tommo and Toby travel down a ravine full of waterfalls.

    Chapter 9
  • Six days after deserting

    Tommo and Toby arrive in the Typee Valley.

    Chapter 10
  • The next day

    A Typee physician attempts to treat Tommo's leg.

    Chapter 11
  • The following day

    Toby and Tommo visit the taboo groves.

    Chapter 12
  • A week later

    Toby attempts to go for help and is attacked by the Happar.

    Chapter 13
  • A few days later

    Toby goes with the islanders to investigate reports of boats and doesn't return.

    Chapter 14
  • Some weeks later

    The Typee skirmish with Happar, but the Typee sustain no casualties.

    Chapter 17
  • A few weeks later

    Marnoo comes to the village and speaks with Tommo.

    Chapter 18
  • Some days later

    The festival of calabashes takes place.

    Chapter 23
  • Second day of festival

    Kory-Kory explains Typee marriage customs to Tommo.

    Chapter 26
  • A few weeks later

    The tribe wants to tattoo Tommo.

    Chapter 30
  • Three months after arrival

    Tommo sees the first evidence of the Typee's cannibalism.

    Chapter 32
  • Ten days later

    Marnoo arrives in the valley again.

    Chapter 33
  • Three weeks later

    Karakoee arrives, and Tommo escapes by boat.

    Chapter 34

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Preface According to the narrator, three years have passed since the following story took place. The narrator claims that "sailo... Read More
Chapters 1–2 The narrator describes the sea and the sky and informs the reader that he has been at sea for six months. The ship has... Read More
Chapters 3–4 The narrator's ship arrives at the island in 1842, where the French have taken control of the islands during the previ... Read More
Chapters 5–6 The narrator plans to leave the ship and escape onto the island. He deduces that he should head for higher ground, whe... Read More
Chapters 7–8 The narrator and Toby quickly realize that food is not readily available in these surroundings. They compare supplies ... Read More
Chapters 9–10 The pair continue down the ravine, following the stream and hoping it will lead them out into a valley. On the fourth ... Read More
Chapters 11–12 Tommo doesn't sleep well as he worries over their situation and suffers from the pain in his leg. In the morning, Tomm... Read More
Chapters 13–14 The narrator worries because his leg seems to be growing worse despite the islanders' remedies. They decide that Toby ... Read More
Chapters 15–16 The narrator describes the varieties of food eaten by the Typee, including seaweed and breadfruit. Salt is a precious ... Read More
Chapters 17–18 The narrator loses track of time, and his leg suddenly heals. He explores the area more as he becomes more mobile, but... Read More
Chapters 19–20 After the incident with Marnoo, the villagers are notably colder toward Tommo—especially Mehevi. The situation improve... Read More
Chapters 21–22 The narrator describes the popular spring, Arva Wai, where the villagers drink for medicinal and healing purposes. The... Read More
Chapters 23–24 Tommo attends the festival. The men lounge at the feast, eating and smoking in the Ti. The narrator notes the abundant... Read More
Chapters 25–26 Tommo notes the exceptional physical shape and condition of the Typee. He points out that they have very white teeth (... Read More
Chapters 27–28 The narrator examines the islanders' form of governance. He points out that there is no obvious legal system, no court... Read More
Chapters 29–30 The island is inhabited by small dogs that resemble large, hairless rats. The narrator is repulsed by them, and he ask... Read More
Chapters 31–32 The narrator relates a tradition all of the islanders participate in that he observes in Marheyo's hut every night. Th... Read More
Chapters 33–34 Chapter 33 Marnoo visits the village again. He won't directly help the narrator, but he suggests that Tommo sneak ... Read More
The Story of Toby The narrator relates Toby's tale just prior to and then after his disappearance. Toby goes with the tribe to the beach t... Read More
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