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Robinson Crusoe's father never wanted him to go to sea. He espoused the contents of staying at home and taking the "middle station" in life. When Crusoe is 19, he sails off to London without telling his father or mother. Now Crusoe had never been to see before. The beginning of the voyage was rough. The waves were high and the ship unsteady. Crusoe felt that he was "overtaken by the judgment of Heaven" for disobeying his father. He vowed to, if his life was spared, return home when he reached land. This vow, of course, was short lived.