Robinson Crusoe HTML version

Rescue Of Prisoners From Cannibals
UPON the whole, I was by this time so fixed upon my design of going over with him to
the continent that I told him we would go and make one as big as that, and he should go
home in it. He answered not one word, but looked very grave and sad. I asked him what
was the matter with him. He asked me again, "Why you angry mad with Friday? - what
me done?" I asked him what he meant. I told him I was not angry with him at all. "No
angry!" says he, repeating the words several times; "why send Friday home away to my
nation?" "Why," says I, "Friday, did not you say you wished you were there?" "Yes, yes,"
says he, "wish we both there; no wish Friday there, no master there." In a word, he would
not think of going there without me. "I go there, Friday?" says I; "what shall I do there?"
He turned very quick upon me at this. "You do great deal much good," says he; "you
teach wild mans be good, sober, tame mans; you tell them know God, pray God, and live
new life." "Alas, Friday!" says I, "thou knowest not what thou sayest; I am but an
ignorant man myself." "Yes, yes," says he, "you teachee me good, you teachee them
good." "No, no, Friday," says I, "you shall go without me; leave me here to live by
myself, as I did before." He looked confused again at that word; and running to one of the
hatchets which he used to wear, he takes it up hastily, and gives it to me. "What must I do
with this?" says I to him. "You take kill Friday," says he. "What must kill you for?" said I
again. He returns very quick - "What you send Friday away for? Take kill Friday, no send
Friday away." This he spoke so earnestly that I saw tears stand in his eyes. In a word, I so
plainly discovered the utmost affection in him to me, and a firm resolution in him, that I
told him then and often after, that I would never send him away from me if he was
willing to stay with me.
Upon the whole, as I found by all his discourse a settled affection to me, and that nothing
could part him from me, so I found all the foundation of his desire to go to his own
country was laid in his ardent affection to the people, and his hopes of my doing them
good; a thing which, as I had no notion of myself, so I had not the least thought or
intention, or desire of undertaking it. But still I found a strong inclination to attempting
my escape, founded on the supposition gathered from the discourse, that there were
seventeen bearded men there; and therefore, without any more delay, I went to work with
Friday to find out a great tree proper to fell, and make a large periagua, or canoe, to
undertake the voyage. There were trees enough in the island to have built a little fleet, not
of periaguas or canoes, but even of good, large vessels; but the main thing I looked at
was, to get one so near the water that we might launch it when it was made, to avoid the
mistake I committed at first. At last Friday pitched upon a tree; for I found he knew much
better than I what kind of wood was fittest for it; nor can I tell to this day what wood to
call the tree we cut down, except that it was very like the tree we call fustic, or between
that and the Nicaragua wood, for it was much of the same colour and smell. Friday
wished to burn the hollow or cavity of this tree out, to make it for a boat, but I showed
him how to cut it with tools; which, after I had showed him how to use, he did very
handily; and in about a month's hard labour we finished it and made it very handsome;
especially when, with our axes, which I showed him how to handle, we cut and hewed
the outside into the true shape of a boat. After this, however, it cost us near a fortnight's