• I could not forbear getting up to the top of a little mountain, and looking out to sea, in hopes of seeing a ship : then fancy that, at a vast distance, I spied a sail, please myself with the hopes of it, and, after looking steadily, till I was almost blind, lose it quite, and sit down and weep like a child, and thus increase my misery by my folly.

    Daniel Defoe (1810). “The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner ...: With an Account of His Travels Round Three Parts of the Globe”, p.77