Robinson Crusoe
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Robinson Crusoe

By Daniel Defoe
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This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ness, health, society, all agreeable diversions, and all desirable pleasures, were the blessings attending the middle station of life; that this way men went silently and smoothly through the world, and comfortably out of it, not embarrassed with the labours of the hands or of the head, not sold to a life of slavery for daily bread, or harassed with perplexed circumstances, which rob the soul of peace, and the body of rest; nor enraged with the passion of envy, or the secret burning lust of ambition for great things; but, in easy circumstances, sliding gently through the world, and sensibly tasting the sweets of living, without the bitter; feeling that they are happy, and learning iy every day's experience to know it more sensibly. After this, he pressed me earnestly, and in the most affectionate manner, not to play the young man, nor to precipitate myself into miseries which nature, and the station of life I was born in, seemed to have provided against; that I was under no necessity of seeking my bread; that he would do well for me, and endeavour to enter me fairly into the station of life which he had been just recommending to me; and that if I was not very easy and happy in the world, it must be my mere fate or fault that must hinder it; and that he should have nothing to answer for, having thus discharged his duty in warning me against measures which he knew would be to my hurt: in a word, that as he would do very kind things for me if I would stay and settle at home as he directed, so he would not have so much hand in my misfortunes, as to give me any encouragement to go away: and to close all, 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 the Low Country wars, but could not prevail, his youn...

Table of Contents
  • Chapter I—Start in Life
  • Chapter II—Slavery and Escape
  • Chapter III—Wrecked on a Desert Island
  • Chapter IV—First Weeks on the Island
  • Chapter V—Builds a House-The Journal
  • Chapter VI—Ill and Conscience-Stricken
  • Chapter VII—Agricultural Experience
  • Chapter VIII—Surveys his Position
  • Chapter IX—A Boat
  • Chapter X—Tames Goats
  • Chapter XI—Finds Print of Man’s Foot on the Sand
  • Chapter XII—A Cave Retreat
  • Chapter XIII—Wreck of a Spanish Ship
  • Chapter XIV—A Dream Realised
  • Chapter XV—Friday’s Education
  • Chapter XVI—Rescue of Prisoners From Cannibals
  • Chapter XVII—Visit of Mutineers
  • Chapter XVIII—The Ship Recovered
  • Chapter XIX—Return to England
  • Chapter XX—Fight Between Friday and a Bear
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