Before I discuss it, let's note how Robinson Crusoe ends. Crusoe, Friday, and an English captain overcome the sailors who planned to maroon the captain. After that...the book doesn't mention Friday again. Crusoe takes leave of his island...and doesn't even say whether Friday goes with him.
In The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, the first paragraphs tell us that Crusoe has married and had three children. But he misses his island and then his wife dies. Seven years after returning home, he sets sail again.
Back to the island
As he departs, he finally mentions that Friday is accompanying him. So Friday journeyed to England and spent seven years as what...Crusoe's manservant? There's a story for you: how the inhabitants of a small English farm town reacted to a "wild" Indian in their midst.
This lack of detail shows that Defoe didn't consider Friday a real character. Friday was a prop that existed so Defoe/Crusoe could teach him (and us) his Puritan moralism and Protestant work ethic. He completed that task in the first book, so (as we'll see) Friday is no longer necessary.
Crusoe returns to his island. He deals with the Englishmen and Spaniards he left there along with the local Indians. Friday gets exactly one paragraph of dialog. I think Crusoe mentions Friday's unnamed father more than he does Friday. And he starts calling his companion "old Friday" even though Crusoe must be a good 20 years older.
Finally Crusoe and Friday leave the island for the Brazilian mainland. They spot an oncoming fleet of Native canoes. Here's what happens (from the text itself):
I was so annoyed at the loss of my old trusty servant and companion, that I immediately ordered five guns to be loaded with small shot, and four with great, and gave them such a broadside as they had never heard in their lives before.
Farewell to Friday
To be fair, Crusoe expresses a modicum of emotion a few paragraphs later:
Crusoe goes on to have adventures in Madagascar, Southeast Asia, China, and Siberia (!). I gather he walks, rides, and sails all the way across Russia till he returns to Europe and England.
It's Marco Polo all over again--and improbable, to say the least. I guess Defoe didn't have time to publish a second sequel, Robinson Crusoe on Mars.
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Books.
Writerfella here --
Oooh, in the sequel, Friday MUST have been wearing a red shirt, a la STAR TREK, and then was sent off alone where he was finished off by forces he did not control. Wow, Daniel Defoe even predicted STAR TREK?
Let's note that Friday's death off the Brazilian coast after leaving his island confirms that he was a Caribbean Indian.
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