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By Daniel Defoe

The lifestyles, Adventures and Piracies of the well-known Captain Singleton (1720) is a unique through Daniel Defoe. it really is believed to were in part encouraged by means of the exploits of English pirate Henry Every.

The narrative describes the lifetime of an Englishman, stolen from a well-to-do family members as a toddler and raised by way of Gypsies who finally makes his approach to sea.

One half the booklet issues Singleton's crossing of Africa and the later part matters his existence as a pirate within the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Defoe's description of piracy focuses for the main half on issues of economics and logistics, making it an fascinating if no longer relatively gripping learn. Singleton's pirate behaves extra like a service provider adventurer, possibly Defoe's touch upon the mercantilism of his day.

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He died while carrying it out. " 43 The natural urge to own property When someone at a party called the urge to own prop­ erty a natural one, Mr. K. told the following story about some old-established fishermen: "On the south coast of Iceland there are fishermen who, by means of fixed buoys, have divided the ocean there into individual parcels and shared them out among themselves. They are more fiercely devoted to these fields of water than to their property. They feel attached to them, would never give them up, even if no more fish were to be found in them, and they scorn the inhabitants of the harbor towns to whom they sell their catch, since these townspeople appear to them a superficial race, alienated from nature.

39 The administration of justice Mr. K. often mentioned as in some degree exemplary a legal instruction in ancient China, according to which the judges in important trials were fetched from distant provinces. Thus they were harder to bribe (and did not have to be so unbribable), since the local judges watched over their unbribability-that is, people who knew the ropes in just this respect and who wished the incomers ill. Also, the judges who had been sent for did not know the customs and conditions of the district from everyday experience.

No," said Mr. " 2 7 On the disruption of 110ne thing at a time" One day, when he was the guest of acquaintances whom he did not know very well, Mr. K. discovered that his hosts had already laid out the breakfast things for the next morning on a small table in the bedroom. After he had initially praised his hosts in his mind because they were eager to see him on his way, he remained preoccupied by the thought. He considers, whether he, too, would get the breakfast things ready at night before going bed.

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