Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

by

Doris Pilkington

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Molly’s mother. After being rejected by the young Aboriginal man to whom she has been betrothed since childhood, Maude takes secret pleasure in continuing to explore life on her own. She has an affair with Thomas Craig, a white man who works alongside her father as an inspector along the rabbit-proof fence, and later gives birth to Molly in the bush in order to protect her from the watchful eyes of the authorities.

Maude Quotes in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

The Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence quotes below are all either spoken by Maude or refer to Maude. 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 5 Quotes

Molly grew into a pretty little girl. Her mother was very proud of her and her father brought her gifts of clothing and pretty colored ribbons. […] As she grew older, Molly often wished that she didn’t have light skin so that she didn’t have to play by herself. Most of the time she would sit alone, playing in the red dusty flats or in the riverbed depending where her family had set up camp. The dust-covered child stood out amongst her darker playmates. The Mardu children insulted her and said hurtful things about her. Some told her that because she was neither Mardu or wudgebulla she was like a mongrel dog. One morning, her mother told her some exciting news. Two of her aunties had babies, little girls, and they were both muda-mudas like her. Molly was very happy. Now she had two sisters.

Related Characters: Doris Pilkington (speaker), Molly, Gracie, Daisy, Maude
Page Number: 38-39
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Maude Character Timeline in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

The timeline below shows where the character Maude appears in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: From the Deserts They Came
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Loss, Dispossession, and Reclamation Theme Icon
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...and one of the women in the group, Minden, gives birth to a daughter named Maude. Pilkington writes that Maude grows up in a “warm, loving environment,” playing with relatives in... (full context)
Chapter 5: Jigalong, 1907-1931
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Family, Culture, and Identity Theme Icon
Maude is betrothed to an older man from her tribe, but her betrothed tells the elders... (full context)
Racism and Colonialism Theme Icon
Loss, Dispossession, and Reclamation Theme Icon
Family, Culture, and Identity Theme Icon
One day Maude’s mother notices that her daughter’s light cotton shirt seems stretched tight around her belly, and... (full context)
Racism and Colonialism Theme Icon
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As summer turns to winter, Maude gives birth to a baby girl. The baby remains nameless until Thomas Craig returns to... (full context)