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Robinson Crusoe - I Don't Want to Know Where These Pockets Are...
At the beginning of Robinson Crusoe, the main character decides to swim back to the ship he was a survivor from, to get some supplies. The author then describes how he strips naked, swims to the boat... and then fills his pockets with supplies...
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Ben on 03-04-2000
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Kathleen writes:
Maybe the supplies he swam back for included more clothes, which would account for the pockets.
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bolthor writes:
This "slip-up" was published in a popular 1970s series called "The book of lists (I think it was book two). I looked for it at the time, in "Robinson Crusoe" and found it, but I managed to keep my wits about me and continue reading. A page or so after "pulling off his clothes", the narrator notices while collecting goods to bring off the boat that: "While I was doing this, I found the tide begin to flow, though very calm; and I had the mortification to see my coat, shirt, and waistcoat, which I had left on the shore, upon the sand, swim away. As for my breeches, which were only linen, and open- kneed, I swam on board in them and my stockings." I wrote the "book of lists" publishers at the time, but they never replied, and I was amused to find this little tidbit still circulating 30 years later. It's not at all ambiguous, he swam to the ship with his pants on, hence...Pockets!
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ewager writes:
Sailors have long used their pants as emergency life preservers by removing them, tying-off the legs, and then filling the legs with air. Therefore to first remove his clothes (pants), makes sense, as he could then tie the legs off and use them as a life preserver to assist in "swimming back to the ship" in which case the pants pockets would be available to use for "retrieving supplies."
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Otakon writes:
Reading the book myself, I don't recall anything at all about getting anymore clothes. This is a pure slip-up on the writers behalf.
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KC writes:
Hmmm. I think this is a slip up. I would also like to say that Robinson Crusoe was the worst book I ever read. Nice slip up catch though.
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