Once Robinson is back in England, how does Defoe describe his life and perspective?

Once back in England, Crusoe, as he was on the island, is predominately concerned with securing his material well being. He focuses on straightening out his finances and almost dies of joy when he travels to Lisbon and finds out he is a wealthy man. His perspective is that his wealth is a reward from God. He returns to England, marries, and has three children, and eventually, his wanderlust returns.

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As is always the case with Robinson Crusoe, on his return to England, his first preoccupation is his physical survival and financial well-being. As there had been no money on the island, Crusoe had secured his financial well-being through cultivating and improving the island land he assumed ownership of. Back in England, his concerns fix on actual money. He helps an old widow who took faithful care of his affairs while he was missing and is also rewarded with 200 pounds. However, this is not enough to live on for the rest of his life, so he and Friday travel to Lisbon to find the captain of his old ship. After some confusion about the fate of his plantation in Brazil, Crusoe receives the news that he is a wealthy man:

I was now master, all on a sudden, of above five thousand pounds sterling in money, and had an estate, as I might well call it, in the Brazils, of above a thousand pounds a year, as sure as an estate of lands in England: and, in a word, I was in a condition which I scarce knew how to understand, or how to compose myself for the enjoyment of it.

Crusoe describes himself as almost dying from the shock of this good news. He helps his two sisters and the old widow.

That he would so highly value material prosperity above all else and find it providential—an act of God's favor—that he should be so blessed is completely consistent with Crusoe's character. He believed that material wealth is God's reward to the faithful. Crusoe does not (consistent with dominant views of his time period) reflect on the enslavement, theft of land from native peoples, and other forms of exploitation that have brought him his great wealth.

Finally, after marrying and having three children, Crusoe finds that his wanderlust has never left him, so he seeks out more adventures.

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