by Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe Wealth Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Page Number). We used the 2008 Oxford World Classics edition.
You are to understand, that now I had, as I may call it, two Plantations in the Island; one my little Fortification or Tent, with the Wall about it under the Rock, with the Cave behind me, which by this Time I had enlarg'd into several Apartments or Caves, one within another. One of these, which was the driest, and largest, and had a Door out beyond my Wall or Fortification; that is to say, beyond where my Wall joyn'd to the Rock, was all fill'd up with the large Earthen Pots, of which I have given an Account, and with fourteen or fifteen great Baskets, which would hold five or six Bushels each, where I laid up my Stores of Provision, especially my Corn, some in the Ear cut off short from the Straw, and the other rubb'd out with my Hand. (128)
While money has no use on the island, Crusoe still manages to accumulate things: two houses, supplies, goods, and so on.
Well, however, I lugg'd this Money home to my Cave, and laid it up, as I had done that before, which I brought from our own Ship; but it was great Pity as I said, that the other Part of this Ship had not come to my Share; for I am satisfy'd I might have loaded my Canoe several Times over with Money, which if I had ever escap'd to England, would have lain here safe enough, till I might have come again and fetch'd it. (163)
Though he often claims that money has no use to him, Crusoe seems oddly interested in saving the money he finds – perhaps with the hopes that he might return one day and use it.
It is impossible to express here the Flutterings of my very Heart, when I look'd over these Letters, and especially when I found all my Wealth about me; for as the Brasil Ships come all in Fleets, the same Ships which brought my Letters, brought my Goods; and the Effects were safe in the River before the Letters came to my Hand. (239)
The happy ending to this story comes when Crusoe returns to Europe and is rewarded with great wealth from those sugar plantations he had in Brazil. While he has learned a great spiritual lesson, it is with economic prosperity that he finds his reward.