Finds Print Of Man's Foot On The Sand
IT would have made a Stoic smile to have seen me and my little family sit down to
dinner. There was my majesty the prince and lord of the whole island; I had the lives of
all my subjects at my absolute command; I could hang, draw, give liberty, and take it
away, and no rebels among all my subjects. Then, to see how like a king I dined, too, all
alone, attended by my servants! Poll, as if he had been my favourite, was the only person
permitted to talk to me. My dog, who was now grown old and crazy, and had found no
species to multiply his kind upon, sat always at my right hand; and two cats, one on one
side of the table and one on the other, expecting now and then a bit from my hand, as a
mark of especial favour.
But these were not the two cats which I brought on shore at first, for they were both of
them dead, and had been interred near my habitation by my own hand; but one of them
having multiplied by I know not what kind of creature, these were two which I had
preserved tame; whereas the rest ran wild in the woods, and became indeed troublesome
to me at last, for they would often come into my house, and plunder me too, till at last I
was obliged to shoot them, and did kill a great many; at length they left me. With this
attendance and in this plentiful manner I lived; neither could I be said to want anything
but society; and of that, some time after this, I was likely to have too much.
I was something impatient, as I have observed, to have the use of my boat, though very
loath to run any more hazards; and therefore sometimes I sat contriving ways to get her
about the island, and at other times I sat myself down contented enough without her. But
I had a strange uneasiness in my mind to go down to the point of the island where, as I
have said in my last ramble, I went up the hill to see how the shore lay, and how the
current set, that I might see what I had to do: this inclination increased upon me every
day, and at length I resolved to travel thither by land, following the edge of the shore. I
did so; but had any one in England met such a man as I was, it must either have
frightened him, or raised a great deal of laughter; and as I frequently stood still to look at
myself, I could not but smile at the notion of my travelling through Yorkshire with such
an equipage, and in such a dress. Be pleased to take a sketch of my figure, as follows.
I had a great high shapeless cap, made of a goat's skin, with a flap hanging down behind,
as well to keep the sun from me as to shoot the rain off from running into my neck,
nothing being so hurtful in these climates as the rain upon the flesh under the clothes.
I had a short jacket of goat's skin, the skirts coming down to about the middle of the
thighs, and a pair of open-kneed breeches of the same; the breeches were made of the
skin of an old he-goat, whose hair hung down such a length on either side that, like
pantaloons, it reached to the middle of my legs; stockings and shoes I had none, but had
made me a pair of somethings, I scarce knew what to call them, like buskins, to flap over
my legs, and lace on either side like spatterdashes, but of a most barbarous shape, as
indeed were all the rest of my clothes.