An English captain whose crew mutinies against him and plans to abandon him, his mate, and another loyal crewmember on Robinson's island. Robinson rescues the captain, who promises to take Robinson back to England in return. Robinson and the captain defeat the mutineers and take the ship back. Robinson sees the captain's arrival as an example of divine providence, as he allows Robinson to escape from the island. Similarly, the captain sees Robinson's existence on the island as divine providence for him, as Robinson saves him on an apparently deserted island. The two characters' intertwining fates show the unpredictable, ultimately good nature of God's providence in Defoe's novel.
The English Captain Quotes in Robinson Crusoe
The Robinson Crusoe quotes below are all either spoken by The English Captain or refer to The English Captain. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Robinson Crusoe published in 2003.).
The English Captain Character Timeline in Robinson Crusoe
The timeline below shows where the character The English Captain appears in Robinson Crusoe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Robinson asked if they should try to kill the mutineers or take them prisoner. The captain informed Robinson that there were two villains who couldn't be trusted, but that the others... (full context)
...companions nowhere to be found. They worried aloud that the island may be enchanted. The captain and Friday then attacked them, and the leader of the group was killed. Robinson and... (full context)