No Sugar

No Sugar

by

Jack Davis

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Gran is the matriarch of the Millimurra-Munday family, which is at the center of the events of the play. She is mother to Jimmy and Milly, and grandmother to Joe, Cissie, and David. Together Gran and Milly make sure the family is taken care of—that their clothes are clean and that there is enough food to eat. Gran has even delivered several generations of children herself, including her grandson, Joe, and his child with Mary, her great-grandson Jimmy Millimurra. Gran is also not above diving into family arguments and physical scuffles—at one point she physically pulls apart Jimmy and Sam, grown men who nonetheless have gotten into a fistfight and have to be separated. Gran is tough, and has no problem talking back to the white bureaucrats and law enforcement officials who attempt to control her life. For example, when the Sergeant and Constable demand that the Millimurra-Munday family board a train and relocate to Moore River, Gran not only insists she travel by foot, but also that her dogs be allowed to come with her.

Gran Munday Quotes in No Sugar

The No Sugar quotes below are all either spoken by Gran Munday or refer to Gran Munday. 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 2 Quotes

MILLY: Whose idea was it to stop the soap?

SERGEANT: The idea, as you call it, came from the Aboriginal Department in Perth.

GRAN: Mister Neville?

MILLY: I just can’t believe it: no soap!

SERGEANT: Your trouble, Milly, is you got three healthy men bludging off you, too lazy to work.

MILLY: Where they gonna get work?

SERGEANT: They’re afraid to look for it in case they find it.

MILLY: Cockies want ’em to work for nothin’.

GRAN: They not slaves, Chergeant!

SERGEANT: Well, they’ll have to work if you want luxury items like soap.

MILLY: Look, last week my Joe cut a hundred posts for old Skinny Martin and you know what he got? A pair of second-hand boots and a piece of stag ram so tough even the dawgs couldn’t eat it; skinnier than old Martin ’imself.

Related Characters: Gran Munday (speaker), Milly Millimurra (speaker), Sergeant Carrol (speaker), Joe Millimurra, Skinny Martin
Page Number: 22-23
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Act 1, Scene 10 Quotes

CONSTABLE: You’re being transferred to the Moore River Native Settlement.

GRAN: I ain’t goin’.

CONSTABLE: You’re all goin’. You’re under arrest.

GRAN: What for? We done nothin’ wrong.

SERGEANT: It’s for health reasons. Epidemic of skin disease.

JIMMY: Bullshit, I’ll tell you why we’re goin’.

CONSTABLE: You wouldn’t know.

JIMMY: You reckon blackfellas are bloody mugs. Whole town knows why we’re goin’. ‘Coz wetjalas in this town don’t want us ’ere, don’t want our kids at the school, with their kids, and old Jimmy Mitchell’s tight ’coz they reckon Bert ’Awke’s gonna give him a hidin’ in the election.

Related Characters: James “Jimmy” Munday (speaker), Gran Munday (speaker), Sergeant Carrol (speaker), Constable Kerr (speaker), Jimmy Mitchell
Page Number: 50
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MILLY: Who’s gonna look after our dogs?

CONSTABLE: We’ll attend to them.

MILLY: Yeah, we know that.

JIMMY: With a police bullet.

GRAN: [frantically] You’re not gonna shoot Wow, you’re not gonna shoot Wow Wow. You hear me, Chergeant? I’m not goin’.

[GRAN is frantic now. She tears her hair and throws plates and mugs about.]

SERGEANT: Oh Jesus, take your bloody mangy Wow Wow, whatever you call it. Take the bloody lot, just remember to be ready to move out tomorrow morning.

[The police escort JIMMY away. The family looks on in stunned silence. CISSIE clings to her mother and cries.]

Related Characters: James “Jimmy” Munday (speaker), Gran Munday (speaker), Milly Millimurra (speaker), Sergeant Carrol (speaker), Constable Kerr (speaker)
Page Number: 51-52
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
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Gran Munday Character Timeline in No Sugar

The timeline below shows where the character Gran Munday appears in No Sugar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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...Western Australia 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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Gran and Milly wash clothes. Jimmy sharpens an axe “bush fashion.” Joe struggles to read from... (full context)
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...and Sam they’ll have to catch meat for dinner, and then exits the stage with Gran. (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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Gran and Milly arrive at the Northam police station to collect their rations, interrupting the Sergeant’s... (full context)
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Back in Northam, the Sergeant gives Milly and Gran their rations: flour, sugar, meat, fat drippings for cooking, and cream of tartar. The Sergeant... (full context)
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...there is little work, and what work the men find is poorly compensated. Milly and Gran leave, mocking the Sergeant and cackling. He returns to work. (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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Jimmy, Billy, and Frank return to camp drunk. Milly and Gran follow behind. Jimmy complains about the soap rations being cut. Seeing that Cissie is also... (full context)
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Gran and Milly begin to cook a stew. Jimmy contributes some stolen turnips. (full context)
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Gran intervenes in the fight and pulls the men apart by their hair. Jimmy goes to... (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... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 7
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In Northam, Milly and Gran and arrive at the station. Gran tells the Constable that she demands to speak to... (full context)
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...but they have not arrived yet. The Sergeant calls Milly by her first name, and Gran corrects him, saying she should be referred to as Mrs. Millimurra, as she was “proper... (full context)
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The Sergeant suggests that Milly and Gran ask the vicar at a local church for blankets, but the women are not confident... (full context)
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Gran complains that the Sergeant is supposed to be the “native ‘tector.” As she and Milly... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 8
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At the Government Well Reservation, Jimmy repairs shoes as Gran and Milly sew. Sam and Joe enter and sit. Joe has brought back fat, potatoes,... (full context)
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...He also plans to steal a sheep while he’s there. Joe volunteers to help, too. Gran warns Jimmy to be careful, or else he’ll go back to jail. (full context)
Act 1, Scene 10
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Cissie checks David for lice as Milly and Gran sew at their home in Government Well. The group is interrupted by the Sergeant and... (full context)
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Gran says she won’t go, but the Constable tells her she’s “under arrest” and must do... (full context)
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...has a heart condition, will go by train. The dogs must be left behind, but Gran threatens not to go without Wow Wow, as she knows the police will likely kill... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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...is an Aboriginal man, reveals that he is a police officer working for the Settlement. Gran comments that Billy isn’t a “politjman, you just a black tracker.” (full context)
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...to find a sheet of iron that they can use for cooking, and Milly and Gran lay down to rest. (full context)
Act 2, Scene 3
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...his shirt off for an examination. The Matron comments that he’s a “strapping lad” and Gran draws attention to Joe’s belly button. She’s proud of it because she tied it herself,... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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Mary stumbles into the Long Pool Camp, where Milly, Sam, Jimmy, and Gran are going about their day. Milly can immediately tell something is wrong; she sits Mary... (full context)
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Mary doesn’t want to go to the hospital. Gran tells her that she delivered Joe, and she can deliver also deliver Joe’s child. (full context)
Act 4, Scene 7
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...out, asking for Joe, and begs the Millimurra-Mundays to keep “them” from taking the baby. Gran comforts Mary and promises no one will take the baby, and says that the Matron... (full context)
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Mary delivers her baby, and Gran cuts and ties the umbilical cord, just like she did Joe’s. She uses the ashes... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 8
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Gran sits by the fire down at Long Pool Camp. She looks much older than in... (full context)
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...money working in prison, which they gave to him when he got out. He gives Gran and Sam tobacco, Cissie hair ribbons, David a knife, and Milly a needle and cotton.... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 10
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...pan, mugs, onions, potatoes, and fat. 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.... (full context)
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Gran sings as Joe and Mary pack up and leave the camp with their baby. Her... (full context)