Robinson Crusoe

What does the parrot know how to say?

What was Crusoe's attitude when he taught the bird to say these things?

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"I did, after some painstaking, catch a young parrot, for I knocked it down with a stick, and having recovered it, I brought it home; but it was some years before I could make him speak. However, at last I taught him to call me by my name very


"I diverted myself with talking to my parrot, and teaching him to speak, and I quickly learned him to know his own name, and at last to speak it out pretty loud, "Poll," which was the first word I ever heard spoken in the island by any mouth but my own."

Teaching the parrot to talk keeps Crusoe distracted and gives him a sense of company. To hear the bird finally talk was like having a friend.


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