The life and adventures of Alexander Selkirk

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Page 126 - if I had not been let into his character and story, I could have discerned that he had been much separated from company, from his aspect and gesture. There was a strong but cheerful seriousness in his look, and a certain disregard to the ordinary things around him, as if he had been
Page 191 - all and whatsoever my said attorney shall lawfully do, or cause to be done in and about the premises by virtue of these presents. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set
Page 126 - This plain man's story is a memorable example, that he is happiest who confines his wants to natural necessities, and he that goes farther in his desires increases his wants in proportion to his acquisitions; or, to use his own
Page 126 - him, as if he had been' sunk in thought. The man frequently bewailed his return to the world, which could not, as he said, with all its enjoyments, restore to him the tranquillity of his solitude.
Page 161 - Park. On our way we found numbers of European shrubs and herbs, ' Where once the garden smiled, And still where many a garden-flower grows wild.
Page 125 - matter of great curiosity to hear him, as he is a man of good sense, give an account of the different revolutions in his own mind in that long solitude. When I first saw him, I thought, even if I had not been let into his character and story, I could have
Page 146 - can judge of the emotion with which we eyed a large cascade of the most transparent water, which poured itself from a rock near a hundred feet high into the sea, at a small distance from the ship.
Page 28 - Alexander Selcraig, according to the session's appointment, compeared before the pulpit, and made acknowledgment of his sin in disagreeing with his brothers, and was rebuked in the face of the congregation for it, and promised amendment in the strength of the Lord, and so was dismissed.
Page 13 - to impose upon their credulity, without any regard to truth or probability. The judicious are not taken with such trifles. Their end in reading is information, and they easily distinguish between reality and fiction. We shall therefore give the reader as much as may satisfy a reasonable curiosity concerning this man, without deviating into invention.'
Page 22 - A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

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