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.
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.
- Ship Fare.- A Labrador Veteran- Literary Clerks.- Curious Travellers.- Robinson Crusoe
's Island.- Quarter-Deck Quarrels.- Falkland Islands.- A Wild-Goose Chase.- Port Egmont.- Epitaph Hunting.- Old Mortality- Penguin Shooting.- Sportsmen Left in the Lurch.-A Hard Pull.- Further Altercations.- Arrival at Owyhee.
I have some curious books in both languages; such as Erasmi Colloquia, Ovid de Tristibus, Gradus ad Parnassum; and in English I have several of the best books, though some of them are a little torn; but I have a great part of Stowe's Chronicle; the sixth volume of Pope's Homer; the third volume of the Spectator; the second volume of Echard's Roman History; the Craftsman; Robinson Crusoe
; Thomas a Kempis; and two volumes of Tom Brown's Works."
"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?
He mused over the glory of the Mungo Parks, the Bruces, the Caillies, the Levaillants, and to some extent, I verily believe, of Selkirk (Robinson Crusoe
), whom he considered in no wise inferior to the rest.
"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.
I do not think I cared as much as some of the other boys for the 'Arabian Nights' or 'Robinson Crusoe
,' but when it came to the 'Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha,' I was not only first, I was sole.