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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe


by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe Rules and Order Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Page Number). We used the 2008 Oxford World Classics edition.

Quote #4

But then it presently occur'd to me, that I must keep the tame form the wild, or else they would always run wild when they grew up, and the only Way for this was to have some enclosed Piece of Ground, well fenc'd either with Hege or Pale, to keep them in so effectually, that those within might not break out, or those without break in (124)

Crusoe splits up the island and encloses it, imposing a manmade order on the natural world.

Quote #5

Then to see how like a King I din'd too all alone, attended by my Servants, Poll, as if he had been my Favourite, was the only Person permitted to talk to me. My Dog who was no grown very old and crazy, and had found no Species to multiply his Kind upon, sat always at my Right Hand, and two Cats, one on one Side the Table, and one on the other, expecting now and then a Bit from my Hand, as a Mark of Special Favour. (126)

Notice the hierarchal order that Crusoe imposes on the natural world.

Quote #6

That we did not know by what Light and Law these should be Condemn'd; but that as God was necessarily, and by the Nature of his Being, infinitely Holy and Just, so it could not be, but that if these Creatures were all sentenc'd to Absence from himself, it was on account of sinning against that Light which, as the Scripture says, was a Law to themselves, and by such Rules as their Consciences would acknowledge to be just, tho' the Foundation was not discover'd to us (177)

Crusoe wonders why Friday and his people have not been introduced to God yet. He realizes that the rule and law of Heaven is the ultimate.

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