Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence


Doris Pilkington

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Mrs. Flanagan Character Analysis

A woman who provides Molly, Gracie, and Daisy with food and warm clothes when they stop at her farmhouse during their trek through the bush. She instructs them how to get to the rabbit-proof fence once they tell her that following the fence home is their goal. Although she assures the girls that she will not report them to the authorities, she calls her local Superintendent as soon as they leave the house because she is worried that the girls will get lost and die out in the wilderness, and feels it is her “duty” to report them so that they can be rescued.

Mrs. Flanagan Quotes in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

The Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Flanagan or refer to Mrs. Flanagan. 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 8 Quotes

Watching the three girls disappear into the open woodlands, [Mrs. Flanagan] said loudly to herself, “Those girls are too young to be wandering around in the bush. They’ll perish for sure. They don’t know this part of the country. And the three of them with just dresses on. It’s a wonder they didn’t catch cold. I’ll have to report this to Mr. Neal for their own good before they get lost and die in the bush. It’s my duty. When she had made her decision she went inside and lifted the earpiece of the telephone.

Related Characters: Mrs. Flanagan (speaker), Molly, Gracie, Daisy
Page Number: 99-100
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mrs. Flanagan Character Timeline in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Flanagan appears in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: The Escape
Altruism vs. Cruelty Theme Icon
While the girls eat, the woman (who is named Mrs. Flanagan , and who had received a call from a government official hunting the girls very... (full context)
Racism and Colonialism Theme Icon
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Mrs. Flanagan sees the girls off, wishing them well on their journey. As she watches them go,... (full context)
Loss, Dispossession, and Reclamation Theme Icon
Altruism vs. Cruelty Theme Icon
...out of sight, where she can watch them in case of any trouble. After leaving Mrs. Flanagan ’s house, Molly has the good sense to continue in the same direction, rather than... (full context)
Family, Culture, and Identity Theme Icon
Altruism vs. Cruelty Theme Icon
...heath where they can make camp for the night, and enjoy the delicious supper that Mrs. Flanagan packed for them. In the morning, the skies are clear, and the girls make tea... (full context)