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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same and prevent his being seen there. With this
intention he planted successively about two thousand
willow-twigs, as he had seen that they easily took
root and soon grew up. He took good care not to
plant them in rows; but on the contrary, he plant-
ed them at random, on purpose to give it rather the
appearance of a natural bush than that of an artifi-
cial plantation. He resolved afterwards to dig a sub-
terraneous passage from his cave to the other side of
the mountain, so that, in case of necessity, he might
have a path to escape. In making this subterraneous
passage he acted in the same manner as the mine-
workers do, who first dig holes and afterwards make
a covered way. All the earth he dug out of it, he
brought to the hedging, and was careful to trample
it down hard; in this manner he formed in progress of
time a hillock nearly ten feet high and eight feet wide.
From distance to distance he left some slanting open-
ings, so that there might be less chance of his
being seen from the outside. He likewise made some
steps to get up and down with more ease in case
he might be obliged to defend his fortification from
these ramparts.
One day Robinson, while he was working at his
canoe, saw a thick smoke arising at a distance. The
fright which had at first overcome him was soon
succeeded by curiosity. Excited by both these mo-
tives, he hastened to get to the top of the hillock
at the foot of which his cave was, to discover the
true cause of the smoke. He had hardly gained the
summit when he was very much surprised at seeing
a fire, six small canoes lying off the shore, and a
number of about thirty savages , whose motions were
as hideous as their ferocious shrieks, dancing round
a great fire. He descended with much precipitation
from the hillock in order to put himself into a state
of defence. He put on his arms, and having implo-
red Heaven for assistance, he took the firm résolu-