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Robinson Moi

Robinson Moi

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Published by Chuc Nguyen

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Published by: Chuc Nguyen on Nov 15, 2011
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Robinson Crusoe
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CHAPTER ISTART IN LIFE
I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family,though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen,who settled first at Hull. He got a good estate by merchandise, andleaving off his trade, lived afterwards at York, from whence hehad married my mother, whose relations were named Robinson, avery good family in that country, and from whom I was calledRobinson Kreutznaer; but, by the usual corruption of words inEngland, we are now called nay we call ourselves and write ourname Crusoe; and so my companions always called me.
 
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I had two elder brothers, one of whom was lieutenant-colonel toan English regiment of foot in Flanders, formerly commanded bythe famous Colonel Lockhart, and was killed at the battle nearDunkirk against the Spaniards. What became of my secondbrother I never knew, any more than my father or mother knewwhat became of me.Being the third son of the family and not bred to any trade, myhead began to be filled very early with rambling thoughts. Myfather, who was very ancient, had given me a competent share of learning, as far as house-education and a country free schoolgenerally go, and designed me for the law; but I would be satisfiedwith nothing but going to sea; and my inclination to this led me sostrongly against the will, nay, the commands of my father, andagainst all the entreaties and persuasions of my mother and otherfriends, that there seemed to be something fatal in that propensityof nature, tending directly to the life of misery which was to befallme.My father, a wise and grave man, gave me serious and excellentcounsel against what he foresaw was my design. He called me onemorning into his chamber, where he was confined by the gout, andexpostulated very warmly with me upon this subject. He asked mewhat reasons, more than a mere wandering inclination, I had forleaving father's house and my native country, where I might bewell introduced, and had a prospect of raising my fortune byapplication and industry, with a life of ease and pleasure. He toldme it was men of desperate fortunes on one hand, or of aspiring,superior fortunes on the other, who went abroad upon adventures,to rise by enterprise, and make themselves famous in

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