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George Lowther 13. Edward Low 14. John Evans 15. John Phillips 16. Francis Spriggs 17. John Smith, alias Cow Volume Two: 1. Captain Misson 2. Thomas Tew 3. William Kid 4. John Bowen 5. John Halsey 6. Thomas White 7. Thomas Howard 8. David Williams 9. Samuel Burgess 10. Nathaniel North 11. Nathaniel North (continued) 12. Captain Condent 13. Captain Bellamy 14. Captain Lewis 15. John Cornelius 16. William Fly JOHN cow First published 1725. Full title: An Account of the Conduct A Defoe Dictionary 43 and Proceedings of the late john Cow, alias Smith, Captain of the late Pirates.

These fix the scene in the mind with the clarity of a still photograph. The effect is threefold: (a) the reader is convinced of the truth of Crusoe's narrative; (b) he shares vicariously in Crusoe's adventures and reflections; and (c) he can visualise the scene clearly in the imagination. The style is matter-of-fact, almost pedestrian, yet it is surprisingly effective. It achieves its impact without elegance or any consciously 'literary' touches; the very simplicity of Defoe's language seems to guarantee its truth.

Within that noisome den from which I had emerged, I had thought with a narrow intensity only of our immediate security. I had not realized what had been happening to the world, had not anticipated this startling vision of unfamiliar things. I had expected to see Sheen in ruins- I found about me the landscape, weird and lurid, of another planet. For that moment I touched an emotion beyond the common range of men, yet one that the poor brutes we dominate know only too well. I felt as a rabbit might feel returning to his burrow, and suddenly confronted by the work of a dozen busy navvies digging the foundations of a house.

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