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vkhu
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:13:06 PM
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I began to be very well contented with the life I led, if I could have been secured from the dread of the savages. But it was otherwise directed; and it may not be amiss for all people who shall meet with my story to make this just observation from it: How frequently, in the course of our lives, the evil which in itself we seek most to shun, and which, when we are fallen into, is the most dreadful to us, is oftentimes the very means or door of our deliverance, by which alone we can be raised again from the affliction we are fallen into.

-Robinson Crusoe


I don't get the meaning of "otherwise directed" here. What does it mean?
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:47:20 PM

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vkhu wrote:
I don't get the meaning of "otherwise directed" here. What does it mean?

Man proposes, God disposes.
Gary98
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 2:22:15 PM

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He was very well contented with the life he led, thought his life would be perfect if he could be relieved "from the dread of the savages". But it was directed the other way around. It was the dread of the savages that prompt his later action, which resulted in his perfect life there.

Almost time for Friday.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:40:05 PM

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I feel that Харбин has the idea.

Crusoe was a person who believed that god 'directed' or arranged the universe - even the small things which happen, like whether he would meet a 'savage' on the island.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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