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vkhu
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 8:45:58 AM
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The only difficulty in it was the entrance—which, however, as it was a place of security, and such a retreat as I wanted; I thought was a convenience; so that I was really rejoiced at the discovery, and resolved, without any delay, to bring some of those things which I was most anxious about to this place: particularly, I resolved to bring hither my magazine of powder, and all my spare arms—viz. two fowling-pieces—for I had three in all—and three muskets—for of them I had eight in all; so I kept in my castle only five, which stood ready mounted like pieces of cannon on my outmost fence, and were ready also to take out upon any expedition.

-Robinson Crusoe


Here Robinson found a good cave with a narrow entrance. He found it to be very secured. However, I'm not sure if the part about the entrance and the part about its security has any relation, especially since later on he said it's a convenience. Is the fact that this cave has a horrible entrance helps make it secured, or is Robinson disregarding the difficulty in getting here in favor of its safety?
thar
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:04:49 AM

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You need the other meaning of security - not what you do, but how you feel.
The cave is a place of security for him.
vkhu
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:11:05 PM
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thar wrote:
You need the other meaning of security - not what you do, but how you feel.
The cave is a place of security for him.


Then my question still applies. Is the place makes him feel secured because of its hard-to-access entrance, or because he feels so secured with it, he's willing to let the fact it has a horrible entrance slide?
Gary98
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 2:06:34 PM

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Robinson was obliged to creep upon all-fours for almost ten yards to go through the entrance to get in the cave. He wants the cave to be his safe place, a retreat, so this entrance is a convenience, a plus to his purpose. He likes the entrance.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:26:38 AM

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He is expressing two contrary views - however:


The cave was good.

"The only difficulty in it was the entrance"

There was a bad thing - the entrance was small

"which, however,..."

but, since it he wanted the cave for safety,
that was actually a good thing.



It is his thought process - as he thinks things through.
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