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A Dream Realised
HAVING now brought all my things on shore and secured them, I went back to my boat,
and rowed or paddled her along the shore to her old harbour, where I laid her up, and
made the best of my way to my old habitation, where I found everything safe and quiet. I
began now to repose myself, live after my old fashion, and take care of my family affairs;
and for a while I lived easy enough, only that I was more vigilant than I used to be,
looked out oftener, and did not go abroad so much; and if at any time I did stir with any
freedom, it was always to the east part of the island, where I was pretty well satisfied the
savages never came, and where I could go without so many precautions, and such a load
of arms and ammunition as I always carried with me if I went the other way. I lived in
this condition near two years more; but my unlucky head, that was always to let me know
it was born to make my body miserable, was all these two years filled with projects and
designs how, if it were possible, I might get away from this island: for sometimes I was
for making another voyage to the wreck, though my reason told me that there was
nothing left there worth the hazard of my voyage; sometimes for a ramble one way,
sometimes another - and I believe verily, if I had had the boat that I went from Sallee in, I
should have ventured to sea, bound anywhere, I knew not whither. I have been, in all my
circumstances, a memento to those who are touched with the general plague of mankind,
whence, for aught I know, one half of their miseries flow: I mean that of not being
satisfied with the station wherein God and Nature hath placed them - for, not to look back
upon my primitive condition, and the excellent advice of my father, the opposition to
which was, as I may call it, my ORIGINAL SIN, my subsequent mistakes of the same
kind had been the means of my coming into this miserable condition; for had that
Providence which so happily seated me at the Brazils as a planter blessed me with
confined desires, and I could have been contented to have gone on gradually, I might
have been by this time - I mean in the time of my being in this island - one of the most
considerable planters in the Brazils - nay, I am persuaded, that by the improvements I had
made in that little time I lived there, and the increase I should probably have made if I
had remained, I might have been worth a hundred thousand moidores - and what business
had I to leave a settled fortune, a well-stocked plantation, improving and increasing, to
turn supercargo to Guinea to fetch negroes, when patience and time would have so
increased our stock at home, that we could have bought them at our own door from those
whose business it was to fetch them? and though it had cost us something more, yet the
difference of that price was by no means worth saving at so great a hazard. But as this is
usually the fate of young heads, so reflection upon the folly of it is as commonly the
exercise of more years, or of the dear-bought experience of time - so it was with me now;
and yet so deep had the mistake taken root in my temper, that I could not satisfy myself
in my station, but was continually poring upon the means and possibility of my escape
from this place; and that I may, with greater pleasure to the reader, bring on the
remaining part of my story, it may not be improper to give some account of my first
conceptions on the subject of this foolish scheme for my escape, and how, and upon what
foundation, I acted.