Chapter 39

 

Friday signed to me that there were three other prisoners. He was the fourth one to be killed and eaten. I saw that he still wanted to eat human meat, so I expressed my disgust once again. I told him that I would kill him if he ate human flesh. Then I asked him to collect all the body parts and burn them in a big fire.

We returned to the cave and I gave Friday some clothes. I gave him trousers, a short jacket and a cap made of rabbit skin. At first, he was uncomfortable but then he got used to the clothes.

I brought him to my house the following day. I made a little tent for him between the two fences which surrounded my place. I took all his weapons away, so I could feel safer.

After a while, I realised that this wasn’t necessary at all. Friday was a very faithful and honest man. He was like a child to me and I was like a father to him. On many occasions later he showed me he would give his life to save mine.

I was very happy to have Friday around, and I began teaching him everything he needed to know to serve me well. I particularly wanted to teach him to speak to me and understand my words. He was a good student and he got better and better quickly. This made me so happy! I didn’t even care about leaving the island anymore. His presence was a great delight to me.