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English castaway spends 28 years on a remote tropical island.

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doubt made desperate in their new enterprise; and terribly ap­prehensive he was that they would be too powerful for us.
I smiled at him, and told him that men in our circum­stances were past the operation of fear; that seeing almost every condition that could be was better than that which we were supposed to be in, we ought to expect that the conse­quence, whether death or life, would be sure to be a deliver­ance. I asked him what he thought of the circumstances of my life, and whether a deliverance were not worth venturing for? "And where, sir," said I, "is your belief of my being preserved here on purpose to save your life which elevated you a little while ago? For my part," said I, "there seems to be but one thing amiss in all the prospect of it." "What's that?" said he. "Why," said I, " 'tis that, as you say, there are three or four honest fellows among them, which should be spared; had they been all of the wicked part of the crew I should have thought God's providence had singled them out to deliver them into your hands; for depend upon it, every man of that that comes ashore are our own, and shall die or live as they behave to us."
As I spoke this with a raised voice and cheerful coun­tenance, I found it greatly encouraged him; so we set vig­orously to our business. We had, upon the first appearance of the boat's coming from the ship, considered of separating our prisoners, and had, indeed, secured them effectually.
Two of them, of whom the captain was less assured than ordinary, I sent with Friday and one of the three delivered men to my cave, where they were remote enough, and out of danger
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