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Iwasbornintheyear1632,inthecityofYork,ofagoodfamily,thoughnotofthatcountry,myfatherbeingaforeignerofBremen,whosettledfirstatHull.Hegotagoodestatebymerchandise,andleavingoffhistrade,livedafterwardsatYork,fromwhencehehadmarriedmymother,whoserelationswerenamedRobinson,averygoodfamilyinthatcountry,andfromwhomIwascalledRobinsonKreutznaer;but,bytheusualcorruptionofwordsinEngland,wearenowcalled-naywecallourselvesandwriteourname-Crusoe;andsomycompanionsalwayscalledme.

Ihadtwoelderbrothers,oneofwhomwaslieutenantcoloneltoanEnglishregimentoffootinFlanders,formerlycommandedbythefamousColonelLockhart,andwaskilledatthebattlenearDunkirkagainsttheSpaniards.WhatbecameofmysecondbrotherIneverknew,anymorethanmyfatherormotherknewwhatbecameofme.

Beingthethirdsonofthefamilyandnotbredtoanytrade,myheadbegantobefilledveryearlywithramblingthoughts.Myfather,whowasveryancient,hadgivenmeacompetentshareoflearning,asfarashouse-educationandacountryfreeschoolgenerallygo,anddesignedmeforthelaw;butIwouldbesatisfiedwithnothingbutgoingtosea;andmyinclinationtothisledmesostronglyagainstthewill,nay,thecommandsofmyfather,andagainstalltheentreatiesandpersuasionsofmymotherandotherfriends,thatthereseemedtobesomethingfatalinthatpropensityofnature,tendingdirectlytothelifeofmiserywhichwastobefallme.

Myfather,awiseandgraveman,gavemeseriousandexcellentcounselagainstwhatheforesawwasmydesign.

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