Shorn of his graceful limbs, and brought down from his high estate to circumstances of utter destitution, and the deepest misery, he made shift
to stump back to his old master, and beg for some relief.
All the remedy that I found for this was, that at last I did remember I had, among the seamen's clothes which were saved out of the ship, some neckcloths of calico or muslin; and with some pieces of these I made three small sieves proper enough for the work; and thus I made shift
for some years: how I did afterwards, I shall show in its place.
And he gained his own bank without more ado, while Robin thrashed and spluttered about until he made shift
to grasp a willow wand and thus haul himself ashore on the other side.