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  • CHAPTER 1 - The First Voyage

  • Robinson

    I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family.

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  • My father was a foreigner from Bremen, who got a good fortune as a merchant and, leaving off his trade, lived afterwards at York.

  • There he married my mother, whose relations were named Robinson.

  • For them I was called Robinson Kreutznaer, but our neighbors pronounced our name Crusoe, and so my companions have always called me.

  • I had two elder brothers.

  • One was killed in battle against the Spaniards.

  • What became of my second brother I never knew, just as my father and mother never knew what became of me.

  • Being the third son, my head was filled early with rambling thoughts.

  • My father, who was very ancient, intended me to be a lawyer, but I was satisfied with noth­ing but going to sea.

  • My inclination to this led me strongly against the commands of my father and against all the pleas of my mother and friends.

  • There seemed to be something in my nature that led me directly into a life of misery.

  • Robinson

    My father, a wise man, gave me excellent advice.

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  • He called me one morning into his room and asked me what reasons I had for leaving my home and country, where I had the prospect of raising my fortune and living a life of ease and pleasure.

  • He told me that mine was the middle station in life, which he had found by long expe­rience was the best suited to happiness.

  • This was the state that other people envied, between the low and the high, and that a wise man had said as much when he prayed to have neither poverty nor riches.

  • He said I would always find that the calamities of life are not shared among all men.

  • Temperance, modera­tion, quietness, and health are the blessings of the mid­dle way.

  • This way men went smoothly and gently through the world, not sold as slaves for daily bread, or enraged by passions of envy or ambition.

  • He urged me very affectionately not to throw myself into miseries I need not suffer.