Builds A House - The Journal
SEPTEMBER 30, 1659. - I, poor miserable Robinson Crusoe, being shipwrecked during
a dreadful storm in the offing, came on shore on this dismal, unfortunate island, which I
called "The Island of Despair"; all the rest of the ship's company being drowned, and
myself almost dead.
All the rest of the day I spent in afflicting myself at the dismal circumstances I was
brought to - viz. I had neither food, house, clothes, weapon, nor place to fly to; and in
despair of any relief, saw nothing but death before me - either that I should be devoured
by wild beasts, murdered by savages, or starved to death for want of food. At the
approach of night I slept in a tree, for fear of wild creatures; but slept soundly, though it
rained all night.
OCTOBER 1. - In the morning I saw, to my great surprise, the ship had floated with the
high tide, and was driven on shore again much nearer the island; which, as it was some
comfort, on one hand - for, seeing her set upright, and not broken to pieces, I hoped, if
the wind abated, I might get on board, and get some food and necessaries out of her for
my relief - so, on the other hand, it renewed my grief at the loss of my comrades, who, I
imagined, if we had all stayed on board, might have saved the ship, or, at least, that they
would not have been all drowned as they were; and that, had the men been saved, we
might perhaps have built us a boat out of the ruins of the ship to have carried us to some
other part of the world. I spent great part of this day in perplexing myself on these things;
but at length, seeing the ship almost dry, I went upon the sand as near as I could, and then
swam on board. This day also it continued raining, though with no wind at all.
FROM THE 1ST OF OCTOBER TO THE 24TH. - All these days entirely spent in many
several voyages to get all I could out of the ship, which I brought on shore every tide of
flood upon rafts. Much rain also in the days, though with some intervals of fair weather;
but it seems this was the rainy season.
OCT. 20. - I overset my raft, and all the goods I had got upon it; but, being in shoal
water, and the things being chiefly heavy, I recovered many of them when the tide was
OCT. 25. - It rained all night and all day, with some gusts of wind; during which time the
ship broke in pieces, the wind blowing a little harder than before, and was no more to be
seen, except the wreck of her, and that only at low water. I spent this day in covering and
securing the goods which I had saved, that the rain might not spoil them.
OCT. 26. - I walked about the shore almost all day, to find out a place to fix my
habitation, greatly concerned to secure myself from any attack in the night, either from
wild beasts or men. Towards night, I fixed upon a proper place, under a rock, and marked
out a semicircle for my encampment; which I resolved to strengthen with a work, wall, or
fortification, made of double piles, lined within with cables, and without with turf.