by Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe Foreignness and 'the Other' Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Page Number). We used the 2008 Oxford World Classics edition.
But I needed none of all this Precaution; for never Man had a more faithful, loving, sincere Servant, than Friday was to me; without Passions, Sullenness or Designs, perfectly oblig'd and engag'd; his very Affections were ty'd to me, like those of a Child to a Father; and I dare say, he would have sacrific'd his Life for the saving mine, upon an y occasion whatsoever; the many Testimonies he gave me of this, put it out of doubt, and soon convinc'd me, that I needed to use no Precautions, as to my Safety on his Account. (176)
Friday is posited as Crusoe's child and servant, with no passions or designs of his own.
…I bade him go to the Tree, and bring me Word if he could see there plainly what they were doing; he did so, and came immediately back to me, and told me they might be plainly view'd there; that they were all about their Fire, eating the Flesh of one of their Prisoners; and that another lay bound upon the Sand, a little from them, which he said they would kill next, and which fir'd all the very Sould within me; he told me it was not one of their Nation; but one of the bearded Men, who had told me of that came to their Country in the Boat: I was fill'd with Horror at the very naming the white-bearded Man, and going to the Tree, I saw plainly by my Glass, a white Man who lay upon the Beach of the Sea, with his Hands and his Feet ty'd , with Flags, or Things like rushes; and that he was an European, and had Cloaths on. (196)
Crusoe is especially fired up by the fact that they are about to feast on one like him: a European. Why might this be?
But never was a Fight manag'd so hardily, and in such a surprising Manner, as that which follow'd between Friday and the Bear, which gave us all (thought at first we were surpriz'd and afraid for him) the greatest Diversion imaginable: (246)
Friday returns to Europe with Crusoe. Why? And why is he fighting a bear here? Why doesn't anyone else in the party take up with the bear? And why is it diverting to Crusoe?