“It’s my house. I can lie in my house if I want to. I can run around in the nude yelling hallelujahs if I so desire.”
If there’s one thing Candy can’t stand, its liars. Especially those who defend their right to lie, like Kaspar Wolfswinkel says in the above quote.
The first interaction Candy has with evil, discounting Mendelson Shape because he loses her quite fast, is with a man named Kaspar Wolfswinkel. He is a short man in a bright yellow suit who wears many hats on his head. Candy first goes to him thinking he will protect her from a tribe of feral cats. But as she learns on the inside of the house, the cats were trying to protect her from Kaspar. Evil is still a relative term this early in the story, but based on Kaspar’s acts in the few chapters we see of him he definitely fits the parameters.
He is a vile man. He constantly drinks rum. He keeps a slave that he “bought in an honest transaction.” He also killed his friends in order to harness their power for himself, the source of which is their hats. This explains the ridiculous hats that sit on his head, but not why he wears a bright yellow suit, interestingly. He must simply like the color yellow.
Kaspar is an important step in Candy’s journey, if a rather unpleasant one. In Kaspar’s house she first meets Malingo, an orange creature called a Geshrat. Malingo is treated very cruelly by Kaspar, and is often reminded of how low Geshrats supposedly are. Not much is known about Geshrats, but they seem to be looked down upon by many people in the islands. Jimothi Tarrie, a nice character on the same island as Kaspar, seems surprised that a Geshrat is able to use magic. Kaspar bought Malingo from Malingo’s father, which tells a little about slave practices in the Abarat. It also shows what kind of person Kaspar is.
But in the grand scheme of things, Kaspar is a small character, or so says Jimothi Tarrie. He is a sad, pitiful character who drinks his misery and beats slaves to feel better about himself. From his first appearance in the book to his last, we are meant to hate Kaspar. And we are fools when we think seeing Malingo and Candy fly away from his island is the last we see of Ol’ Banana Suit, as Candy refers to him as.