Robinson Crusoe

What kind of life would Robinson Crusoe have had if he had obeyed his father and remained at home?

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Crusoe's father has designed him for the law, but early on his head is filled with "rambling thoughts" of going to sea. No advice or entreaties can diminish his desire. His father gives him "excellent advice and counsel," telling him that only men of desperate and superior fortunes go abroad in search of adventures, and that he is too high or too low for such activities. His station is the middle station, a state which all figures, great and small, will envy eventually, and his happiness would be assured if he would stay at home. I don't think Crusoe would have been satisfied living working as a lawyer and living an "ordinary" life.