by Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe Rules and Order Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Page Number). We used the 2008 Oxford World Classics edition.
I am cast upon a horrible desolate Island, void of all hope of Recovery.
But I am alive, and not drown'd as all my Ship'd Company was.
Crusoe weighs the good and bad of his situation, attempting to put the world into some rational, moral order. Notice how he organizes his thoughts into two columns in this section.
So I went to work; and here I must needs observe, that as Reason is the Substance and Original of the Mathematicks, so by stating and squaring every thing by Reason, and by making the most rational Judgment of things, every Man may be in time Master of every mechanick Art. (59)
Crusoe has ultimate faith in reason and logic. His worldview is one in which the world is knowable and reason brings light to the dark corners of existence. The island starts out as a frightening place, but is soon organized and colonized. Here, he labors to make a table and chair.
So that had my Cave been to be seen, it look'd like a general Magazine of all Necessary things, and I had every thing so ready at my Hand, that it was a great Pleasure to me to see all my Goods in such Order, and especially to find my Stock all Necessaries so great. (60)
Crusoe keeps his world in good working order and his living space on the island is no exception. He keeps everything in its place.