Chapter 29

 

I spent the fourth year on the island mostly by working on the canoe. I had enough of everything I needed. I only ran out of ink completely and my clothes were getting too old. I began using the skins of the animals. I made myself a cap and other clothes out of those skins. They kept me cool in the heat and protected me from the heavy rain. But the clothes weren’t enough. I also needed an umbrella. It took me a while, but I succeeded in making one.
I continued living like that for the next 5 years. Nothing interesting happened in that time. I kept on planting barley and rice. I continued drying grapes to make raisins. All my activities remained the same.

Some time passed before I made another canoe. It was smaller and easier to move. I could travel around the island with it. I put food, water and tools in it and I was ready for the trip ahead.

The trip started during my 6th year on the island on the 6th of November. I faced danger as soon as I set out with my new canoe. I had to go around some rocks far out at sea, and then I had to fight against a strong current, but I finally managed to continue my trip around the island.

Finally, I found a small river going further inland. I got off my boat and went to explore this side of the island on foot. It wasn’t far from the part of the island I was familiar with. I even found my way back to my hut. I was so tired from the trip that I fell asleep. I was woken up by someone calling my name:

“Robin Crusoe, where are you? Poor Robin!”

I was terrified at first, but then I saw my parrot Poll on top of the fence. He knew some phrases and he was saying them with the same intonation as me. I was surprised to find the parrot here because I had left it at home. Still, I was happy to hear someone talk to me.

I left the boat there and returned home with the parrot.

 

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