by Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe Religion Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Page Number). We used the 2008 Oxford World Classics edition.
He offer'd me also 60 Pieces of Eight more for my Boy Xury, which I was loath to take, not that I was not willing to let the Captain have him, but I was very loath to sell the poor Boy's Liberty, who had assisted me so faithfully in procuring my own. However when I let him know my Reason, he own'd it to be just, and offer'd me this Medium, that he would give the Boy an Obligation to set him free in ten Years, if he turn'd Christian; upon this, and Xury saying he was willing to go to him, I let the Captain have him. (30)
Crusoe may be reluctant to sell Xury into slavery, but Crusoe clearly does not regard Xury as his equal. Why does Crusoe consider himself superior to Xury? Why does Xury have to be converted to Christianity in order to escape enslavement?
I had a dismal Prospect of my Condition, for as I was not cast away upon that Island without being driven, as is said, by a violent Storm quite out of the Course of our intended Voyage, and a great Way, viz. some Hundreds of Leagues out of the ordinary Course of the Trade of Mankind, I had great Reason to consider it as a Determination of Heaven, that in this desolate Place, and in this desolate Manner I should end my life; the Tears would run plentifully down my Face when I made these Reflections, and sometimes I would expostulate with my self, Why Providence should thus completely ruine its Creatures, and render them so absolutely miserable, so without Help abandon'd, so entirely depress'd, that it could hardly be rational to be thankful for such a Life. (54)
Crusoe is in a fit of despair at his landing on the island and wonders why Providence (i.e., God) would send him to such a place. He correlates the storms on the ocean with the will of God. His life on the island will become a test of his faith.
…also I found three very good Bibles which came to me in my Cargo from England, and which I had pack'd up among my things (56)
Notice that three Bibles are among the wreckage of the ship. The Bible is hugely important for Crusoe's time on the island, as it will serve as his moral compass and means of spiritual reformation.