Robinson Crusoe

A Caribbean native, one of the "savages" that Robinson sees on his island. Friday is taken as a prisoner by some cannibals who prepare to eat him on Robinson's island, but he manages to escape. Robinson helps rescue him and he vows obedience to Robinson. He is a loyal friend and companion to Robinson (accompanying him back to Europe), but Robinson also treats him as an inferior servant.

Friday Quotes in Robinson Crusoe

The Robinson Crusoe quotes below are all either spoken by Friday or refer to Friday. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Robinson Crusoe published in 2003.
Chapter 22 Quotes

My island was now peopled, and I thought myself very rich in subjects; and it was a merry reflection, which I frequently made, how like a king I looked. First of all, the whole country was my own property, so that I had an undoubted right of dominion. Secondly, my people were perfectly subjected - I was absolutely lord and lawgiver - they all owed their lives to me, and were ready to lay down their lives, if there had been occasion for it, for me. It was remarkable, too, I had but three subjects, and they were of three different religions - my man Friday was a Protestant, his father was a Pagan and a cannibal, and the Spaniard was a Papist. However, I allowed liberty of conscience throughout my dominions.

Related Characters: Robinson Crusoe (speaker), Friday, Friday's Father, The Spanish Prisoner
Page Number: 190
Explanation and Analysis:

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Friday Character Timeline in Robinson Crusoe

The timeline below shows where the character Friday appears in Robinson Crusoe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19
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...and well-shaped." He began to teach the man how to speak English and named him Friday, after the day on which Robinson rescued him. He taught Friday to call him Master. (full context)
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Friday and Robinson walked by where the two dead savages were buried in the sand, and... (full context)
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Robinson saw that the savages' canoes were gone, so he and Friday went to where the savages had gathered. Robinson was disgusted to see human bones and... (full context)
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Back in his "castle," Robinson made Friday some clothes, which it took him some time to get used to. Robinson built him... (full context)
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His experience with Friday prompted Robinson to reflect that God made all men with "the same powers, the same... (full context)
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This caused Robinson to wonder why Friday and his people were not given knowledge of Christianity and were fated to live savage... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Hoping to rid Friday of his cannibalism, Robinson took him one day to go kill a goat. Robinson shot... (full context)
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Robinson shot a bird to show Friday how the gun worked again, and Friday marveled at it. Robinson says that Friday would... (full context)
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Robinson cooked some goat for Friday, who enjoyed the meat (but would not eat it with salt, as Robinson suggested). Robinson... (full context)
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One day, Robinson asked Friday about his native land. Friday said that he had been captured with some others during... (full context)
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Robinson asked Friday about the land visible from the island, and learned that it was Trinidad and far... (full context)
Chapter 21
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After Friday learned to speak English almost fluently, Robinson taught him how to use a gun and... (full context)
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Robinson showed Friday the remains of the boat on which he'd tried to escape his shipwreck, and Friday... (full context)
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But Friday showed nothing but friendliness and loyalty, and any suspicions Robinson had dwindled. He asked Friday... (full context)
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Friday said he would only go back to his native land if Robinson would come, as... (full context)
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Robinson showed Friday his large canoe, which he hadn't been able to bring to the water. He suggested... (full context)
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Robinson said that he would stay on his island, but Friday gave him his hatchet and said that he would prefer for Robinson to kill him... (full context)
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Robinson and Friday worked hard, felling a tree near a river and making it into a large canoe.... (full context)
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...hand." Nonetheless, he went about his planting, fencing, and husbandry as usual while he and Friday prepared for their voyage. They waited during the rainy months of November and December. (full context)
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As the weather improved, Robinson got ready for the voyage, and one day sent Friday to find a turtle on the shore. Friday came back running, panicking, and shouting that... (full context)
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Robinson armed Friday and himself with weapons and climbed his hill, from where he saw that there were... (full context)
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Friday and Robinson set out toward the savages, but Robinson's resolution in the attack wavered, as... (full context)
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Robinson and Friday went to the edge of a forest near the savages and saw that they were... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Robinson saw that the savages were about to kill their European prisoner, so he and Friday shot at them, killing several, wounding others, and terrifying all the savages. Some of them... (full context)
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...gave the prisoner, who turned out to be Spanish, a sword and pistol. Together with Friday, they fought off the rest of the savages, killing all but four, who escaped in... (full context)
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When Friday saw the prisoner and spoke to him, he literally jumped for joy, laughed, and cried.... (full context)
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Friday took care of both the prisoners and moved the Spaniard to the boat where Friday's... (full context)
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...populated island, with three subjects. He cooked some goat meat for everyone and then ordered Friday to get their weapons, which they had hurriedly left at the scene of their battle.... (full context)
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Robinson had Friday ask Friday's father if there was any chance that the escaped savages might come back... (full context)
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Robinson planned to send Friday's father and the Spaniard back to the their people so that the rest of the... (full context)
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...cutting down trees to use to construct a boat. After the next harvest, he sent Friday's father and the Spaniard on their journey. As best as Robinson could reckon, they left... (full context)
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Eight days later, Robinson was awoken by Friday running to him and shouting, "Master, master, they are come, they are come!" But when... (full context)
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Friday thought that the Englishmen were going to eat the prisoners, but Robinson doubted this. Robinson... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...conditions: that they obeyed him while on the island, and that they carried Robinson and Friday to England if they recovered their ship. The captain eagerly agreed and promised that he... (full context)
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Robinson sent Friday and the captain's mate onto the shore out of sight of the other English sailors,... (full context)
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...to be found. They worried aloud that the island may be enchanted. The captain and Friday then attacked them, and the leader of the group was killed. Robinson and the rest... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Robinson and Friday now planned to stay on land and look after their prisoners, while the captain and... (full context)
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...clothes. Robinson and the captain then debated what to do with their prisoners. Robinson had Friday bring the five worst prisoners from the cave to the bower, where Robinson would speak... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Robinson decided to go to Lisbon with Friday to learn what had happened with his land in Brazil. There, he found the old... (full context)
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The group had trouble crossing the snow-covered Pyrenees, and Friday was terrified by the cold weather, which he had never experienced before. Fortunately, the group... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...group encountered two wolves and a bear. The wolves attacked their guide, wounding him before Friday shot and killed one. The other wolf was scared by the gun and fled. Friday... (full context)