I have found myself, once again, reading The End. And I suddenly now have a new found love for Friday Caliban. She has suprisingly jumped up to my third favorite character. I love the way she stands up to Olaf at the begining, and I think her dilema at the end of the book is quite interesting. She must choose to follow the "custom" of her colony and obey her facilitator, or to rebel against Ishmael's wishes, and take the bitter apple.
I also find myslef wanting to know more about her. Like, for example, we don't really get a very good physical description of her except for that she looks to be six or seven years old. So if anyone has any ideas or thoughts about what you imagined her to look like, feel free to share your ideas.
The more I think about it, one of my favourite things about The End is the way Olaf interacts with or relates to Friday. She seems like a kind of incarnation of naive optimism to him, and we get some of his most interesting lines out of her in response: Like when she says "There's so much of the world I'm missing by living here" and his response is "The world is a wicked place." Or when he tells the Baudelaires "don't be as dumb as she is." She brings out another side to him - world-weary. I guess that's more about Olaf than Friday, but it shows that as a character she does bring something new to the table.
Yes, I agree. She does bring out a different side of Olaf. One of my favorite parts in The End is when Friday invites the Baudelaires to come onto the island, and Olaf sqeaks "What about me?" and brave little Friday simply says, "Go away."