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His letters to his sister indicate his desire to search for the North Pole and his preparation including the gaining of his crew and the preparing for being away for a very long time. His enterprise is centered around his goal and his wanting to do anything to accomplish that goal.
The narrator Robert Walton prepares for his travels by reading various literature on the places that he wants to go to and planning accordingly. He also prepares for the excursion by collecting appropriate clothing and supplies that will be adequate for Arctic weather.
"I commenced by inuring my body to hardship. I accompanied the whale-fishers on several expeditions to the North Sea; I voluntarily endured cold, famine, thirst, and want of sleep;"
"The cold is not excessive, if you are wrapped in furs— a dress which I have already adopted.."
".....a second step is taken towards my enterprise. I have hired a vessel and am occupied in collecting my sailors; those whom I have already engaged appear to be men on whom I can depend and are certainly possessed of