Excerpt from Robinson Crusoe's Money: Or the Remarkable Financial Fortunes and Misfortunes of a Remote Island Community
If any apology for the objects designed or the course pur sued is needed, the author thinks he finds it in the precedent established by the illustrious Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, who, in the introduction to his Tales of a Traveler, thus happily sets forth the special advantage which accrues from the proper em ployment of a story as a means of communicating informa tion. I am not, he says, for those barefaced tales which carry their moral on their surface, staring one in the face; on the contrary, I have often hid my moral from sight, and dis guised it as much as possible by sweets and spices; so that while the simple reader is listening with open mouth to a ghost or love story, he may have a bolus of sound morality popped down his throat, and be never the wiser for the fraud.
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