In the first part of ROBINSON CRUSOE, at page one hundred and twenty-nine, you will find it thus written:
Only yesterday, I opened my ROBINSON CRUSOE at that place.
There I have sat helpless (in spite of my abilities) ever since; seeing what Robinson Crusoe saw, as quoted above--namely, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.
You are not to take it, if you please, as the saying of an ignorant man, when I express my opinion that such a book as ROBINSON CRUSOE never was written, and never will be written again.
For who does not know Robinson Crusoe, or, as the first title ran, "The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner, who lived eight-and-twenty years all alone in an uninhabited Island on the Coast of America near the Mouth of the great River Oroonoque, having been cast on shore by shipwreck, wherein all the men perished but himself.
Since then, till now, there has never been a time when Robinson Crusoe has not been read.
Finding that Robinson Crusoe was such a success, Defoe began to write other stories.
Then they must go to the island where Robinson Crusoe
had so long lived.
We are Robinson Crusoe
and his man Friday going to see if the savages have come," she said presently, for her fancy was full of the dear old stories that all children love so well.
I saw that I was just another Robinson Crusoe
cast away on an uninhabited island, with no society but some more or less tame animals, and if I wanted to make life bearable I must do as he did -- invent, contrive, create, reorganize things; set brain and hand to work, and keep them busy.
What cared Robinson Crusoe
for a patch on his trousers?
And so," George Curtis ended, "we have lived for nearly two years, like a second Robinson Crusoe
and his man Friday, hoping against hope that some natives might come here to help us away, but none have come.