Robinson Crusoe Reflects on Leaving his Family

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Robinson Crusoe Reflects on Leaving his Family


An annotation of two passages from "Robinson Crusoe"


“I observed in this last Part of his Discourse, which was truly Prophetick, tho' I suppose my Father did not know it to be so him-self; I say, I observed the Tears run down his Face very plentifully… I was sincerely affected with this Discourse, as indeed who could be otherwise? and I resolv'd not to think of going abroad any more, but to settle at home according to my Father's Desire. But alas! a few Days wore it all off; and in short, to prevent any of my Father's Torments. But in a few Weeks After resolv'd to run.”

“On the first of September 1651, I went on Board a Ship bound for London; never any young Adventurer's Misfortunes, I believe, began sooner, or continued longer than mine. The Ship was no sooner gotten out of the Humber, but the Wind began to blow, and the Waves to rise* in a most frightful manner; and as I had never been at Sea before, I was most inexpressibly sick in Body, and terrify'd in my Mind: I began now seriously to reflect upon what I had done, and how justly I was overtaken by the Judgment of Heaven for my wicked leaving my Father's House, and abandoning my Duty; all the good Counsel of my Parents, my Father's Tears and my Mother's Entreaties came now fresh into my Mind, and my Conscience, which was not yet come to the Pitch of Hardness to which it has been since, reproach'd me with the Contempt of Advice, and the Breach of my Duty to God and my Father.”


William Taylor


"Robinson Crusoe"


Oxford University Press


April 25th, 1719


Sebastian Nigrelli


William Taylor, “Robinson Crusoe Reflects on Leaving his Family,” Enlightenmens, accessed February 6, 2023,

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