Robinson Crusoe’s House
(Adapted from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe)
I’ve already described my habitation, which was a tent
under the side of a rock, surrounded with a strong fence
of posts and cables
, but I might now rather call it a wall, for I raised a kink
of wall up against it of turf,
about two feet thick on the outside; and, after some time (I think it was a year and a half) I raised rafters
from it, leaning to the rock, and covered it with boughs of trees and such things as I could get to keep out the rain, which I found at some times of the year very violent......
And so when I found that I was pretty safe as to beasts
, I worked sideways into the rock; and then, turning to the right again, worked quite out, and made me a door to come out on the outside of my fence. This gave me not only egress
, as it was a back way to my tent and to my storehouse, but gave me room to keep my goods.
And now I began to make such necessary things as I found I most wanted, particularly a chair and a table; for without these I was not able to enjoy the few comforts I had in the world. I could not write or eat, or do several things with so much pleasure without a table.
So I went to work. I had never handled a tool in my life; and yet in time by labor, application, and contrivance
, I found that I wanted nothing but I could have made it, especially if I had had tools; however, I made abundance
of things, even without tools, and some with no more tools than an adz
and a hatchet
, which perhaps were never made that way before, and that with infinite
For example, if I wanted a board, I had no other way but to cut down a tree, set it before me, and cut it flat on either side with my ax
till I had brought it to be as thin as a plank
, and then dub
it smooth with my adz.
It is true, by this method I could make but one board out of a whole tree; but this I had no remedy
for but patience, any more than I had for the prodigious
deal of time and labor which it took me to make a plank
or board; but my time or labor was little worth, and so it was as well employed one way as another.
I. Theme-focused vocabulary
There are some key words that are closely related to the novel’s theme. Try to think about their implication and finish the table.
II. Answer the questions
1. Where was Robinson’s habitation located?
2. What did Robinson use to make a door and a board?
3. What does the author mean by “but this I had no remedy for but patience”?
What did Robinson use to make a door and a board?
A with an adz and a hatchet
B with his ax