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R OBINSON CRUSOE lived by the sea. He
wanted very much to be a sailor. His
father and his mother told him he would
have a very hard life if he went to sea, but he did
not believe them, and one day he ran away from
home. Soon a captain took him on a ship and he
became a sailor-boy.
Such a dreadful time he had! He was seasick
and unhappy, but he could not go back.
After some days he began to get over his
fright, and in the end he loved the sea so well
that he said there was no life so happy as a
He saw many strange lands and learned many
new things. Then one day there came a terrible
The captain's face grew white and stern. No
one dared to speak.
A little boat hung over the side of the ship.
The sailors set it afloat and all got into it.
"We shall be drowned," thought Robinson
Crusoe, as he looked at the wild sea. Then a
wave like a mountain swept upon them, and they
were all thrown into the angry water.
Crusoe set his teeth and swam with his might,
till another great wave washed him ashore.
For some time he lay still, too worn out to
move. At last he sat up and looked round. He
was on a desert island, alone.
"What! am I alone saved ?" cried Crusoe. "Oh,
misery! No food, no clothes, no home, no friends.
Perhaps I shall have to stay here for ever. I shall
have no one to speak to; I shall forget how to talk.
How I wish I had been drowned with the rest!"
By and by, however, he began to think how
wonderful it was that he had been saved at all.
"I must not be a coward," he said. "I won't give
up hope. I am alive and well. I will live bravely."
He jumped up and looked round. It was
getting dark; there was no one in sight.
"There may be wild beasts here," he said.
"It will be safer to sleep up a tree." So he
climbed into a tree and there fell asleep.
At dawn next day he awoke fresh and well.
He found that the wind had fallen,and the sea
was' as smooth as glass. Crusoe looked at it sadly,
remembering his friends who lay beneath the
waves. Suddenly he started, for there, near by,
was the ship, firm and unhurt, fixed on a bank
A glad thought came to him. "The ship is
full of food and clothes and tools," he cried, "I
must bring them over here."
So he made a raft with some wood that had
floated ashore, and off he went.
Such a lot of things he found on the ship-
tins of biscuits, barrels of flour, dried meat, wine,
clothes, gunpowder, a bag of gold, guns, tools,
sails, and much more!
Very carefully he packed them on his raft.
Then he stepped on board himself and pushed
the load to shore with a pole.
"Now I am as rich as a king!" he cried.
"I have food and clothes and tools and guns.
At any rate, I need not starve nor be cold. The
next thing to do is to put up a tent with these
Crusoe liked his tent, but, after some days
had passed, he saw that it would not keep out
heavy rain. "I must make a hut," he said, and
he went in search of a spot on which to build it.
By and by he came to a small hill, with a
cave in it. "The very place," cried Crusoe, and
he got his tools and began to build.
It took him a good many days to finish the hut,
but at last it was done. Then how proud Crusoe
felt! I All round it he had put two strong fences,
very high and very firm. There was no gate in
the fence, so Crusoe made a ladder.
"No enemy can come in after me," he thought,
as he climbed over the fence and pulled the ladder
in after him.
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