No Sugar

No Sugar

by

Jack Davis

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David Millimurra Character Analysis

The youngest son of Sam and Milly. David is a playful, easily distracted child. Although he ages four years over the course of the play, like his sister Cissie, he remains young enough that his older extended family tries to protect him from unnecessary trauma, like when Joe and Mary elope, or when Mary has her baby.

David Millimurra Quotes in No Sugar

The No Sugar quotes below are all either spoken by David Millimurra or refer to David Millimurra. 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 Currency Press edition of No Sugar published in 1998.
Act 1, Scene 6 Quotes

CISSIE: [holding her throat] Hurts, Mum, here; hurts when I cough.

MILLY: Well, no school for you today, my girl. [To SAM] You ain’t goin’ post cuttin’ today, and David, you walk to school.

DAVID: Aw, Mum!

MILLY: Don’t, ‘Aw Mum’ me. Joe, you git on that bike and go and ask Uncle Herbie for a lend of his horse and cart. We takin’ her to the doctor straight away.

[JOE takes the bike from DAVID.]

SAM: Aw Mill, can’t you and Mum take her? I only want another hundred posts and I’ll have enough boondah to pay me fine.

Related Characters: Milly Millimurra (speaker), Sam Millimurra (speaker), Cissie Millimurra (speaker), David Millimurra (speaker), Joe Millimurra
Page Number: 37-38
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 4, Scene 10 Quotes

DAVID: Eh, brother, you want my pocket knife? You might need it.

JOE: No, Brudge, I can use glass if I wanna gut a rabbit.

[SAM hands JOE a home-made knife.]

SAM: Here, son, take this one.

JOE: No, I’ll be all right.

SAM: Take it. I can git another bit of steel and make another one. Here, take it.

[Magpies squawk. GRAN begins to sing. They farewell each member of the family, then walk off into the distance.]

Related Characters: Sam Millimurra (speaker), Joe Millimurra (speaker), David Millimurra (speaker), Gran Munday, Mary Daragurru
Page Number: 109
Explanation and Analysis:
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David Millimurra Character Timeline in No Sugar

The timeline below shows where the character David Millimurra appears in No Sugar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
Government, Civilization, and Religion Theme Icon
...Historical society. The play begins in 1930 at Government Well, as Sam, Joe, Gran, Milly, David, and Cissie eat breakfast and prepare for the day. (full context)
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Milly makes David and Cissie stop playing cricket and get ready for school. She gives them twopence each... (full context)
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Milly notices that David’s shirt is inside out which, he explains, is because it is dirty on the other... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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...Government Well Reserve. Cissie prepares a damper (a kind of bread) for dinner. Joe and David play with bottlecaps, until Cissie calls Joe over to help her with the dough, and... (full context)
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Milly calls the children and they all assemble. David returns with an old bike he has spent the day repairing. Milly serves everyone damper... (full context)
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Jimmy, who has left the circle to tend to some cooking potatoes, returns, tripping over David’s bike. Joe jumps up and cautions Jimmy to be careful, since David has been working... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 6
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The scene opens in Government Well Reserve. Gran builds a fire, David prepares for school, and Milly cooks breakfast—fried fat and damper. Sam complains that Jimmy, who... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 10
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Government, Civilization, and Religion Theme Icon
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Language and Culture Theme Icon
Cissie checks David for lice as Milly and Gran sew at their home in Government Well. The group... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 2
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David, Joe, and Cissie collect water down by the river. Once they’ve gotten enough, they look... (full context)
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Joe sends Cissie and David back to camp with the water. They complain that they wanted to swim, but he... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 3
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Government, Civilization, and Religion Theme Icon
...that they have a handful. Billy tells the Matron the family has seven, causing Joe, David, and Cissie to curse at him as he leaves. (full context)
Act 2, Scene 10
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White Australians vs. the Aboriginal Family Unit Theme Icon
Billy limps back to the Superintendent’s Office in Moore River. David, Cissie, and Topsy follow him and call him names. (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
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Government, Civilization, and Religion Theme Icon
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...used to play, and finds Sam’s rabbit trap, Jimmy’s wine bottle, and the remains of David’s bike buried in the scorched grass. Joe is especially upset by the bike, and he... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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In the background, as Sister Eileen teaches, David enters the stage. Billy comes behind him and grabs his shoulder. David was skipping class... (full context)
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Government, Civilization, and Religion Theme Icon
Language and Culture Theme Icon
Sister Eileen chastises Billy for beating David. Although David was cutting class, she tells Billy “we don’t hit people to make them... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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Cissie and David enter. They have a letter from Joe, who is still in prison. Cissie reads the... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 7
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David wakes up and comes to look at his new nephew. Sam rushes in to meet... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 8
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Cissie, David, Milly, and Sam are all quietly playing games. Mary is watching over the Baby. Suddenly,... (full context)
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...to him when he got out. He gives Gran and Sam tobacco, Cissie hair ribbons, David a knife, and Milly a needle and cotton. He gives Mary a red dress. She... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 10
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...Joe says he is going back to Northam, and Gran warns him to be careful. David offers Joe his pocketknife, but Joe turns him down. Sam gives Joe a homemade knife,... (full context)