By Daniel Defoe, John Williamson
“I was once born, within the yr 1632, within the urban of York, of an exceptional kin, notwithstanding now not of that kingdom, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull.”
Thus started The lifestyles and excellent Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719) through Daniel Defoe.
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Dost thou ask what thou hast performed? glance again upon a dreadful misspent lifestyles, and ask thyself what thou hast now not performed? Ask why is it that thou wert no longer in the past destroyed? Why wert thou now not drowned in Yarmouth Roads? killed within the struggle, whilst the send used to be taken by way of the Sallee man-of-war? gobbled via the wild beasts at the coast of Africa? or drowned the following, while the entire team perished yet thyself? Dost thou ask, What have I performed? " i used to be struck with those reflections, as one astonished, and had no longer a be aware to say—no, to not solution to myself; yet rose up, pensive and unhappy, walked again to my retreat, and went up over my wall, as though I were going to mattress; yet my recommendations have been unfortunately disturbed, and that i had no inclination to sleep, so I sat down in my chair, and lighted my lamp, for it all started to be darkish. Now, because the apprehensions of the go back of my distemper terrified me a great deal, it happened to my inspiration, that the Brazilians take no physic yet their tobacco for the majority distempers; and that i had a section of a roll of tobacco in a single of the chests, which was once fairly cured, and a few additionally that used to be eco-friendly, and never relatively cured. I went, directed via Heaven, without doubt; for during this chest i discovered a remedy either for soul and physique. I opened the chest, and located what I hunted for, specifically, the tobacco; and because the few books I had stored lay there, too, I took out one of many Bibles, which i discussed earlier than, and which, to this time, I had no longer chanced on rest, or loads as inclination, to appear into—I say, I took it out, and taken either that and the tobacco with me to the desk. What use to make of the tobacco I knew now not, as to my distemper, or even if it was once stable for it or no; yet i attempted a number of experiments with it, as though i used to be resolved it may hit a technique or different. I first took a section of a leaf, and chewed it in my mouth, which, certainly, at the beginning, nearly stupified my mind, the tobacco being eco-friendly and powerful, and i had now not been a lot used to it; then I took a few, and steeped it an hour or in a few rum, and resolved to take a dose of it while I lay down; and, finally, I burnt a few upon a pan of coals, and held my nostril shut over the smoke of it, so long as i may undergo it, to boot for the warmth because the advantage of it, and that i held virtually to suffocation. within the period of this operation I took up the Bible, and commenced to learn; yet my head was once an excessive amount of disturbed with the tobacco to undergo analyzing, at the least at the moment; purely having opened the e-book casually, the 1st phrases that happened to me have been these:—"Call on me within the day of hassle, and that i will bring; and thou shalt glorify me. " The phrases have been very apt to my case, and made a few effect upon my strategies on the time of interpreting them, although now not lots as they did afterwards; for, as for being added, the note had no sound, as i'll say, to me. the article was once so distant, so very unlikely, in my apprehension of items, that i started to claim, because the young ones of Israel did, once they have been promised flesh to devour, "Can God unfold a desk within the desert?