Although she initially insists that he is making a mistake by trying to enlist in the military, Bertie’s mother agrees to forge his birthdate when he insists, but promises him that his time in the war will be like the circus show he used to attend as a kid: exciting but not willing to accept Aboriginal people as equals. After he writes her a coded letter requesting that she reveal the truth about his age, Bertie’s mother comes to retrieve him from Europe, but he is already overcome with shell shock (PTSD) and essentially nonresponsive. Back in Australia, she laments that he is “not coming back from the world of the grown-ups.”
Bertie’s Mom Quotes in Black Diggers
The Black Diggers quotes below are all either spoken by Bertie’s Mom or refer to Bertie’s Mom. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Playlab edition of Black Diggers published in 2015.).
Bertie’s Mom Character Timeline in Black Diggers
The timeline below shows where the character Bertie’s Mom appears in Black Diggers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.