David Trotter's Circulation: Defoe, Dickens, and the Economies of the Novel PDF

By David Trotter

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ISBN-13: 9781349194353

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In the second place, she cannot always find a fence for her loot. This, of course, is Singleton's problem too. On one occasion, Moll cannot forbear going abroad disguised as a beggar woman. Her behaviour has clearly become compulsive, since the disguise repels her. 'I naturally abhorred dirt and rags; I had been bred up tight and cleanly, and could be no other, whatever condition I was in; so that this was the most uneasy disguise to me that ever I put on' (p. 241). The beggar's rags are not only repellent, but quite useless.

If we were to take the second of these two systems into account, we would be able to see Crusoe's sojourn on the island in a very different light. ' What is at issue is not so much the power of conversion to found an identity as 'the struggle of a society from the anarchy of the state of nature to an acceptance of law and limitations as freedom'. 18 'As Crusoe's struggle to make himself secure indicates,' Pat Rogers points out, 'the individual's first task is to cling on to existence. ' 19 There are two moral systems at work here, two techniques of the self.

May 7. Went to the wreck again ... '(p. 100). Crusoe's subjectivity has been absorbed into labour, into survival. The first two warnings from Providence do not reverse this absorption. Indeed, they increase it. For Crusoe's stock of Christian belief, 34 Circulation like his stock of supplies, is running down. 1 had, alas! no divine knowledge; what I had received by the good instruction of my father was then worn out by an uninterrupted series, for 8 years, of seafaring wickedness ... ' (p. 103).

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