Chapter 40


Two or three days later, I decided to teach Friday not to eat human flesh anymore. From now I wanted to get him accustomed to animal meat instead. Therefore we went to the forest and I shot a kid. Once again Friday was terrified from the gunshot. He thought I wanted to kill him. He ripped off his shirt to check if I had wounded him. Then he knelt down and said something to me. I did not understand it but it seemed he was begging me not to kill him.

I reassured him I did not have the slightest intention of doing this and pointed at the kid. Then I showed him my gun and killed a bird on a tree nearby. He was surprised and for quite a long time afterwards he would not come close to touch a gun. Once, later, I found him talking to the gun. He must have been asking it not to kill him.

We took the kid and the bird which turned out to be a parrot. The kid made a tasty soup and Friday liked it a lot. I put some salt in mine and he was astonished. He showed me he disliked salt and thought it dangerous for the health.

The next day we roasted some of the kid’s meat and he liked it very much. He gestured to me that he would never eat human flesh again.

Soon I taught Friday how to prepare corn and bake bread out of it and in a few days he could do it as well as I. Then we started expanding my garden and he helped me plant more corn. In all activities Friday was of great help. He was talking more and more every day and I immensely enjoyed his company.