Titel: The history of Robinson Crusoe abridged: for the use of schools and private instruction
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Uitgave: Amsterdam: G. Portielje and son, 1855
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 5559
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On the road home he found something which he had
long wished for, namely a parrot's nest. This gave him
a great pleasure; he went softly up to it and stretched
out his hand to lay hold of it, but the young parrots,
which were already big and had feathers , flew away
and escaped. Only a single one, which was more
backward than the rest, was caught; he hastened
to come home and was more pleased than if he had
found a great treasure. His first care was now to
make a sort of cage, as well as he could, to keep
his new guest in; he placed it next to his bedside,
and then being very content fell into a sound
sleep. After having spent a great part of the night
in thinking on means to make a canoe of the old
tree which he had found the day before, he got up
early in the morning, took his hatchet, ran to the
tree , and began to cut down it.
Never before had he undertaken so long and diffi-
cult a task as this. Many would have lost all cou-
rage , and the hatchet would have fallen from their
hands at the first stroke; they would have judged
the undertaking, if not foolish, at least impossible.
But Robinson had made it an inviolable law to him-
self, not to lose courage on account of any obsta-
cles whatever in the execution of his resolutions ;
he was therefore immovable in this undertaking; but
notwithstanding he had worked constantly, from
sunrise till about noon, the hole which he had
made in the trunk was only a few inches deep.
Being convinced that it would be a work of several
years, he judged it necessary to work only some
hours a day, in order not to neglect his other bu-
siness. Three years passed away before he had cut the
trunk more than half way through. However this did
not deter him , and he still continued his labour.
Once a thought came into his head, that^aslong