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Part 1 Summary The narrator introduces himself as Robinson Crusoe He was born in 1632 in the city of York to a good family His father is a foreigner who made money in merchandise before settling to down and marrying his mother whose surname is Robinson His true last name is Kreutznaer but has been corrupted into Crusoe by the English There are two older brothers in the family one died in the English regiment and Robinson does not know what became of the other Crusoes father has designed him for the law but early on his head is filled with rambling thoughts of going to sea No advice or entreaties can diminish his desire His father gives him excellent advice and counsel telling him that only men of desperate and superior fortunes go abroad in search of adventures and that he is too high or too low for such activities His station is the middle station a state which all figures great and small will envy eventually and his happiness would be assured if he would stay at home Nature has provided this life and Robinson should not go against this After all look what happened to his brother who went into the army The narrator is truly affected by his fathers discourse but after a few weeks he decides to run away He prevails upon his mother to speak to his father and persuade him to allow one voyage If Robinson does not like it he resolves to go home and think of the sea no more She reluctantly reports their conversa tion but no headway is made no consent given About a year later he is able to procure free passage on a friends boat heading to London Asking for no blessing or money he boards the ship and leaves Misfortune begins immediately The sea is rough and Robinson regrets his decision to leave home He sees now how comfortably
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