IT would have made a Stoic1 smile to have seen me and my little family sit down to dinner. There was my majesty2 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; a 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 interred3 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 plunder4 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 plentiful5 manner I lived; neither could I be said to want anything but society; a 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 loath6 to run any more hazards; a therefore sometimes I sat contriving7 ways to get her about the island, and at other times I sat myself down contented8 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 ramble9, 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 inclination10 incr