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English castaway spends 28 years on a remote tropical island.

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ROBINSON CRUSOE
home one of those posts, and a third day in driving it into the ground; for which purpose I got a heavy piece of wood at first, but at last bethought myself of one of the iron crows, which, however, though I found it, yet it made driving those posts or piles very laborious and tedious work.
But what need I have been concerned at the tediousness of anything I had to do, seeing I had time enough to do it in? Nor had I any other employment, if that had been over, at least, that I could foresee, except the ranging the island to seek for food, which I did more or less every day.
I now began to consider seriously my condition, and the circumstance I was reduced to; and I drew up the state of my affairs in writing; not so much to leave them to any that were to come after me, for I was like to have but few heirs, as to deliver my thoughts from daily poring upon them, and afflict­ing my mind. And as my reason began now to master my despondency, I began to comfort myself as well as I could, and to set the good against the evil, that I might have something to distinguish my case from worse; and I stated it very impar­tially, like debtor and creditor, the comforts I enjoyed against the miseries I suffered, thus:
Evil.                                             Good I am cast upon a horrible          But I am alive, and not desolate island, void of all    drowned, as all my ship's corn-hope of recovery.                         pany was.
I am singled out and sepa-          But I am singled out, too,
rated, as it were, from all the    from all the ship's crew to be
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