No Sugar

No Sugar

by

Jack Davis

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An Aboriginal teenager who lives at the Moore River Settlement. She and Joe meet soon after he arrives with his family, and the two quickly fall in love. Mary becomes pregnant and she and Joe elope, although they are eventually recaptured and Mary is sent back to Moore River, while Joe is sent to jail. The Millimurra-Munday family adopts Mary, and Gran even helps deliver her son. Mary is strong-willed and holds fast to her convictions, but sometimes this leads to additional, unexpected pain. Mary must navigate Mr. Neal’s sexual advances, and when she rejects him he savagely whips her, even though she is several months pregnant. She eventually gives birth to her son, Jimmy Koolbari, named after Joe’s uncle. Mary and Joe then receive permission to marry and leave the settlement from Neal, and venture out into the world.

Mary Daragurru Quotes in No Sugar

The No Sugar quotes below are all either spoken by Mary Daragurru or refer to Mary Daragurru . 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 2, Scene 4 Quotes

Mary: I don’t like the way [Mr. Neal] looks at me.

Joe: Well, you got me now, for what I’m worth.

Mary: He’s always hangin’ around where the girls are workin’; in the cookhouse, in the sewin’ room. And he’s always carryin’ that cat-o’-nine tails and he’ll use it, too.

Joe: Bastard, better not use it on you or any of my lot.

Mary: He reckoned he was gunna belt me once.

Joe: What for?

Mary: ‘Coz I said I wasn’t gunna go and work for guddeah on a farm.

Joe: Why not? Be better than this place.

Mary: No! Some of them guddeahs real bad. My friend went last Christmas and then she came back boodjarri. She reckons the boss’s sons used to belt her up and, you know, force her. Then they kicked her out. And when she had that baby them trackers choked it dead and buried it in the pine plantation.

Related Characters: Joe Millimurra (speaker), Mary Daragurru (speaker), Mr N. S. Neal, Matron Neal, Sister Eileen
Page Number: 62
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Act 2, Scene 8 Quotes

MATRON: Apparently you told [Mary] she was going to work at the hospital and stay in the nurses’ quarters.

NEAL: Who told you that? [Yelling] Billy!

BILLY: [off] Comin’, boss.

MATRON: It seems she was terrified at the prospect of working in the hospital.

NEAL: They’re all scared of the dead.

MATRON: I think she was scared of the living.

Related Characters: Mr N. S. Neal (speaker), Matron Neal (speaker), Billy Kimberley (speaker), Mary Daragurru
Page Number: 72-73
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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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Mary Daragurru Character Timeline in No Sugar

The timeline below shows where the character Mary Daragurru appears in No Sugar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, Scene 2
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...the river. Once they’ve gotten enough, they look for a place to swim. Two girls, Mary and Topsy, have also come down to the river. Joe introduces his siblings, and Topsy... (full context)
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...the water. They complain that they wanted to swim, but he promises they can later. Mary and Topsy have to leave, but before they go, Joe asks Mary to meet him... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 3
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...River Settlement, the Millimurra-Mundays play, work, and rest. Billy arrives with Matron Neal, Topsy, and Mary. Matron Neal examines the family for scabies, the ostensible reason for which they were sent... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
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One evening, Joe and Mary meet in a clearing on the Moore River Settlement. Mary has brought Joe a present:... (full context)
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Mary doesn’t mind Matron and Sister Eileen, but she doesn’t like Mr. Neal. She finds him... (full context)
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Mary reveals that Mr. Neal threatened her once, because she didn’t want to go work for... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 6
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Joe holds back for a moment. Mary calls to him from offstage and he responds. She enters, and they embrace. They sit... (full context)
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Joe wants to marry Mary, but they need Neal’s permission and fear they will not get it.  Joe decides they... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 7
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Joe and Mary return to the Long Pool Camp later that night. He announces that he and Mary... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 8
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...has some news. He assumes she’s talking about politics, but she reveals that Joe and Mary ran away last night. The Matron tells Neal Mary was “terrified at the prospect of... (full context)
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...down the runaways. Billy takes his whip and leaves. He is especially anxious to recapture Mary, who is his fellow “countryman.” As the Matron turns to go, she tells Neal she... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 9
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Mary sleeps in a clearing by the railroad tracks. Joe returns with water and quandongs. He... (full context)
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As Mary and Joe sit, Billy sneaks up on them from the cover of the tree line.... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
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Joe and Mary arrive at Government Well Aboriginal Reserve. The camp has been torched, and there is nothing... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
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Sergeant Carroll intercepts Joe and Mary as they walk down the street in Northam. He doesn’t understand why Joe is back... (full context)
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...Well. Joe spitefully points out that he couldn’t if he wanted to, and leaves with Mary. (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
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...know how many Aboriginal Australians are in Northam, but the Sergeant insists it is only Mary and Joe. The Sergeant says they’re not bothering anyone, and he doesn’t have a warrant... (full context)
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In Northam, the Sergeant ropes the Constable into helping him pick up Joe and Mary. He struggles to remember her last name and calls her “Darg…something.” The Constable doesn’t understand... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 4
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...Northam. The Sergeant produces a warrant for Joe’s arrest. Joe is confused, as he and Mary are not living in town, and he assumed he was behaving legally, especially since he... (full context)
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...want to turn me back to.” Before he goes, Joe directs the Sergeant to where Mary is staying, and the Sergeant walks off to find her and return her to Moore... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 2
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The Matron enters Neal’s office and announces that Billy and Mary, who is visibly pregnant, have arrived. Mr. Neal immediately dismisses the Matron, who warns him... (full context)
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Billy brings Mary into Neal’s office but is ordered to wait outside while they talk. Mr. Neal tells... (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... (full context)
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Mary doesn’t want to go to the hospital. Gran tells her that she delivered Joe, and... (full context)
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...in prison. Cissie reads the letter out loud. Joe asks after the family and about Mary and the baby. When Joe gets out of jail, he syas, he wants to marry... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 5
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Overexcited and overexerted, Jimmy collapses on the ground. Mary rushes towards him and asks the Matron for help. She takes his condition seriously and... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 7
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In the evening down at the Long Pool Camp, Mary begins her contractions. She cries out, asking for Joe, and begs the Millimurra-Mundays to keep... (full context)
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Mary delivers her baby, and Gran cuts and ties the umbilical cord, just like she did... (full context)
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...his new nephew. Sam rushes in to meet his grandson. The Matron finally arrives, but Mary refuses to hand over her baby. The Matron insists she only wants to help, but... (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, they all hear a whistle from offstage. It’s Joe!... (full context)
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Mary brings Joe to meet their Baby. They’ve given him a Nyoongah name, Koolbari, which means... (full context)
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...tobacco, Cissie hair ribbons, David a knife, and Milly a needle and cotton. He gives Mary a red dress. She exits to try it on. (full context)
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Mary returns and has Joe do up the back of her dress. He can see the... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 9
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...to Moore River. Joe clarifies that “if I put me name on this, me and Mary can take off.” Neal confirms this. (full context)
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...out and asks what the document said. Joe explains that it will let him and Mary leave Moore River, with the condition that they do not return to Northam. Billy thinks... (full context)
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Billy tells Joe to watch out for Mary, as she is still an Oomboolgari girl even though she has married into a Kargudda... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 10
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Early in the morning, the Millimurra-Munday family gathers at Long Pool Camp. Milly gives Mary a sugar bag full of flour, a frying pan, mugs, onions, potatoes, and fat. Joe... (full context)
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Gran sings as Joe and Mary pack up and leave the camp with their baby. Her song is in Nyoongah, and... (full context)