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Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. He was the only survivor. The ship was grounded on a rock. Crusoe managed to salvage as much as possible from the ship. With great perseverance and industry he made for himself a secure & comfortable habitation. It was twenty five years later he saw another human being in the person of a savage whom he rescued from being eaten by his captors. He named him Friday. Read on… about the interesting adventures of this courageous sailor.
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The Life and Adventures of

Robinson Crusoe

I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family. My father was a foreigner from Bremen, while my mother’s relations were named Robinson. I was called Robinson Kreutznaer, but by the usual corruption of words in England we are now called Crusoe.

I had two elder brothers, one of whom was killed in battle against the Spaniards, and what became of the second I never knew. Being the third son of the family, and not having been apprenticed to any trade, my head began to be filled very early with thoughts of going abroad. My father wished me to take up a career in law, but I would be satisfied with nothing but going to sea. My father, a wise and grave man, gave me serious and excellent counsel against what he foresaw was my design. He called me one morning into his chamber, where he was confined by the gout, and asked me what reasons more than a mere wandering inclination I had for leaving my father’s house and my native country, where I had a prospect of raising my fortune by application and industry, with a life of ease and pleasure. He went on to point out that ours was the middle state in life, we being neither rich nor poor. The middle state was the best state in the world, the most suited to human happiness, and had the fewest disasters, as compared to the many vicissitudes to which the higher or lower part of mankind was exposed. My father indicated that he would do very kind things for me if I would stay and settle at home as he directed. Finally, he told me I had my elder brother for an example, to whom he had used the same earnest persuasions to keep him from going into war, but in vain. He warned me that if I did take the foolish step of going to sea, I would have myself to blame when there might be none to render me help. By the end of his speech, tears were running down my father’s face.

I would be satisfied with nothing but going to sea.

I was sincerely affected with this discourse, as indeed who could not be? I resolved not to think of going abroad any more, but to settle at home according to my father’s desire. But alas! a few days wore it all off, and soon I had resolved to run away from home. Thinking that my mother would be more pliable, I begged her to secure my father’s consent to my going to sea at least for one voyage. But she became very agitated, and said she would not have a hand in my destruction. I learnt afterwards that she did report our conversation to my father, who affirmed that he could not give consent to my choice of a life of misery.

It was not till almost a year after this that I broke loose. I was one day at Hull, where I went casually, and without any purpose of making an elopement that time. One of my companions was going by sea to London in his father’s ship. He asked me to join him, saying it would cost me nothing for my passage. I consulted neither father nor mother any more, nor so much as sent them word of it; but leaving them to hear of it as they might, without asking God’s blessing or my father’s, without any consideration of circumstances or consequences, and in an ill hour, God knows, on the first of September 1651, I went on board a ship bound for London.

My father warned me.

Never any young adventurer’s misfortunes, I believe, began sooner, or continued longer than mine. The ship had no sooner gotten out of the Humber, when the wind began to blow, and the waves to rise in a most frightful manner. As I had never been at sea before, I was very sick in body, and terrified in my mind. As the storm increased, I blamed myself more and more for what I had done, and for not having listened to my father’s good counsel. But the next day the storm subsided, and I found myself no more sea-sick but very cheerful. Later that night I got drunk with my companions, drowned all my repentance, and entirely forgot the vows and promises I had made while the storm raged. But I was to have yet another trial.

As the storm increased I blamed myself more and more.

On the sixth day of our voyage we laid anchor near Yarmouth. We should have sailed up the river, but the wind blew very hard. Then, after eight days at anchor, a storm broke, and it was a terrible storm indeed. I began to see terror and amazement in the faces even of the seamen themselves. We had a good ship, but she was deep loaded, and wallowed in the sea. The storm was so violent, that I saw what is not often seen, the master, the boatswain, and some others more sensible than the rest, at their prayers, and expecting every moment when the ship would go to the bottom. Then, in the middle of night, the ship sprang a leak, and water collected in the hold. The master fired guns for help, and a boat from a nearby ship came to our rescue. With great hazard,