Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

by

Doris Pilkington

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A kind, gregarious fifteen-year-old girl who befriends Molly, Gracie, and Daisy when they arrive at the Moore River Native Settlement. She shows them the ropes and attempts to ease their fears, and takes them on a long walk which, unbeknownst to Martha, allows Molly to scope out a potential escape route.

Martha Jones Quotes in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

The Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence quotes below are all either spoken by Martha Jones or refer to Martha Jones. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the University of Queensland Press edition of Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence published in 2013.
Chapter 7 Quotes

“You should have seen the other ones who were locked up for running away,” [Martha] said. “They all got seven days punishment with just bread and water. Mr. Johnson shaved their heads bald and made them parade around the compound so that everyone could see them. They got the strap too.”

Related Characters: Martha Jones (speaker), Molly, Gracie, Daisy
Page Number: 71
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Martha Jones Character Timeline in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

The timeline below shows where the character Martha Jones appears in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: The Moore River Native Settlement, 1931
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As the girls in the dormitory rouse from their beds, a friendly girl named Martha Jones introduces herself to Molly, Gracie, and Daisy and offers to be the girls’ guide.... (full context)
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Family, Culture, and Identity Theme Icon
Altruism vs. Cruelty Theme Icon
...porridge and lukewarm tea. The girls eat together with the boys, and, after the meal, Martha introduces them to her cousin, a boy named Bill. Martha tells the girls to return... (full context)
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After spending the rest of the morning talking and trading stories, Martha introduces the girls to her friend Polly, and the group decides to go for a... (full context)
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Family, Culture, and Identity Theme Icon
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...from inside and asks for some food and some tea. One of the girls asks Martha and Polly what the building is, and Polly explains that it’s known as the “boob.”... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Escape
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Loss, Dispossession, and Reclamation Theme Icon
Family, Culture, and Identity Theme Icon
Altruism vs. Cruelty Theme Icon
...must get herself and her sisters out of the settlement. After the school bell rings, Martha instructs the three girls to follow her to school. Molly tells Martha that they will... (full context)