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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
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_201063
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the two besieged to wound them with their arrows
or to run them through with their javelins.
Robinson and Friday happened to be one day
at the seaside on a hil, whence they could see to
a great distance. Here they discovered some islands,
which from the spot they stood on seemed to be
a mere cloud. Friday looked attentively to that side,
and on a sudden he cried out: "0! there is my
native country! There live my countrymen!" His
countenance, his eyes, his gestures, every thing in-
dicated his love for his native country and his de-
sire to see it again. Robinson observing this desire,
spoke to him of a canoe, asked him different ques-
tions concerning it, and being satisfied by his an-
swers he took him by the hand and shewed hitri
that which he had begun to make several years be-
fore. Friday on examining it began to smile at the
idea of Robinson's having so little advanced in so
long a time, the tree being hardly hollowed out for
the third'part.
Robinson having asked him what he had to say
against his work, Friday answered him that there
had been a great deal of time and much trouble spent
in vain; that such a tree might have been hollowed
out much better in a shorter time, even in a few
days, by means of fire. Robinson was ravished with
joy at such good news, and it was immediately re-
solved that this work should be undertaken the next
morning at daybreak. But on that day the heavy
rain began. During his residence on the island Ro-
binson had had occasion to remark that this took
place regularly twice a year, and always at the time
of the equinox. During this rainy season, which
continued for one or two months, it was quite im-
possible for them to do any work in the open air
on account of the heavy and constant rain. He had
likewise experienced, that there was nothing more
prejudicial for the health than to expose one's self to