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Friday's Education
AFTER I had been two or three days returned to my castle, I thought that, in order to
bring Friday off from his horrid way of feeding, and from the relish of a cannibal's
stomach, I ought to let him taste other flesh; so I took him out with me one morning to
the woods. I went, indeed, intending to kill a kid out of my own flock; and bring it home
and dress it; but as I was going I saw a she-goat lying down in the shade, and two young
kids sitting by her. I catched hold of Friday. "Hold," said I, "stand still;" and made signs
to him not to stir: immediately I presented my piece, shot, and killed one of the kids. The
poor creature, who had at a distance, indeed, seen me kill the savage, his enemy, but did
not know, nor could imagine how it was done, was sensibly surprised, trembled, and
shook, and looked so amazed that I thought he would have sunk down. He did not see the
kid I shot at, or perceive I had killed it, but ripped up his waistcoat to feel whether he was
not wounded; and, as I found presently, thought I was resolved to kill him: for he came
and kneeled down to me, and embracing my knees, said a great many things I did not
understand; but I could easily see the meaning was to pray me not to kill him.
I soon found a way to convince him that I would do him no harm; and taking him up by
the hand, laughed at him, and pointing to the kid which I had killed, beckoned to him to
run and fetch it, which he did: and while he was wondering, and looking to see how the
creature was killed, I loaded my gun again. By-and-by I saw a great fowl, like a hawk,
sitting upon a tree within shot; so, to let Friday understand a little what I would do, I
called him to me again, pointed at the fowl, which was indeed a parrot, though I thought
it had been a hawk; I say, pointing to the parrot, and to my gun, and to the ground under
the parrot, to let him see I would make it fall, I made him understand that I would shoot
and kill that bird; accordingly, I fired, and bade him look, and immediately he saw the
parrot fall. He stood like one frightened again, notwithstanding all I had said to him; and I
found he was the more amazed, because he did not see me put anything into the gun, but
thought that there must be some wonderful fund of death and destruction in that thing,
able to kill man, beast, bird, or anything near or far off; and the astonishment this created
in him was such as could not wear off for a long time; and I believe, if I would have let
him, he would have worshipped me and my gun. As for the gun itself, he would not so
much as touch it for several days after; but he would speak to it and talk to it, as if it had
answered him, when he was by himself; which, as I afterwards learned of him, was to
desire it not to kill him. Well, after his astonishment was a little over at this, I pointed to
him to run and fetch the bird I had shot, which he did, but stayed some time; for the
parrot, not being quite dead, had fluttered away a good distance from the place where she
fell: however, he found her, took her up, and brought her to me; and as I had perceived
his ignorance about the gun before, I took this advantage to charge the gun again, and not
to let him see me do it, that I might be ready for any other mark that might present; but
nothing more offered at that time: so I brought home the kid, and the same evening I took
the skin off, and cut it out as well as I could; and having a pot fit for that purpose, I boiled
or stewed some of the flesh, and made some very good broth. After I had begun to eat
some I gave some to my man, who seemed very glad of it, and liked it very well; but that
which was strangest to him was to see me eat salt with it. He made a sign to me that the