No Sugar

No Sugar

by

Jack Davis

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Milly Millimurra Character Analysis

A middle-aged Aboriginal woman. She is the daughter of Gran, sister of Jimmy, wife of Sam, and mother to Joe, Cissie, and David. Together with Gran, Milly is the backbone of the Millimurra-Munday family. She makes sure her children are clean and that everyone is fed and clothed. She is always advocating for her clan. When rations are cut, she argues and barters with the Sergeant and Constable. When Cissie is sick, or Mary is hurt, Milly drops everything to take care of them.

Milly Millimurra Quotes in No Sugar

The No Sugar quotes below are all either spoken by Milly Millimurra or refer to Milly 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 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 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
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Act 1, Scene 10 Quotes

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
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Milly Millimurra Character Timeline in No Sugar

The timeline below shows where the character Milly Millimurra 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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...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 the Western... (full context)
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...are only marching because “them bastards took our country and them blackfellas dancing for ‘em.” Milly responds that had Jimmy been at the celebration he would have danced too, but he... (full context)
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Milly makes David and Cissie stop playing cricket and get ready for school. She gives them... (full context)
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Milly notices that David’s shirt is inside out which, he explains, is because it is dirty... (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 call. He... (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.... (full context)
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Milly is upset when she realizes that soap has been cut from the rations. The Sergeant... (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... (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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...choirboy, “pinchin’ things off other people’s clothes lines.” The conversation shifts to how Sam and Milly met in the same church where Jimmy used to sing. They were married in that... (full context)
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Milly calls the children and they all assemble. David returns with an old bike he has... (full context)
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...the police might come, which will put him in danger, so he says goodbye to Milly. (full context)
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...Jimmy goes to put on his coat and reaches for the bottle of alcohol, but Milly pours it out before he can take a drink. (full context)
Act 1, Scene 6
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...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 is still in prison, is... (full context)
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Cissie is feeling sick. Milly can tell that she has a fever, and tells Cissie she is not going to... (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... (full context)
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Milly needs blankets for Cissie, but they have not arrived yet. The Sergeant calls Milly by... (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... (full context)
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Gran complains that the Sergeant is supposed to be the “native ‘tector.” As she and Milly leave, the Sergeant comments to the Constable “looks like I’m the one needs protectin’.” The... (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, and onions... (full context)
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...the Sergeant, who told him Cissie is ready to be taken home from the hospital. Milly wonders why Joe didn’t ask the Sergeant for a lift home, but Joe just laughs.... (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... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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Jimmy, Milly, and Sam discuss dinner. There’s a soup kitchen on the Reservation, but Jimmy, who has... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 3
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...even as they protest that they are clean. Unsurprisingly, she finds them healthy, and tells Milly it’s a credit to her parenting. (full context)
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The Matron concludes there is nothing wrong with the Millimurra-Munday family. She gives Milly some soap and handkerchiefs to keep the children clean. As she leaves, the Matron asks... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 7
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...that night. He announces that he and Mary want to run away and get married. Milly warns that they will be captured and sent to jail, but Jimmy says prison isn’t... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 2
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...she can stay in the nurse’s quarters, but she says she wants to stay with Milly and Sam. He pressures her, but Mary refuses twice more, infuriating Neal. Billy walks in... (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... (full context)
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...the food is better than at the Moore River Settlement. Cissie finishes the letter and Milly gets Mary to lie down and rest. (full context)
Act 4, Scene 6
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Milly and Sam approach Neal’s office. They ask if Joe can come to the funeral. Neal... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 7
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...and she is beginning to give birth, so Gran serves as midwife, calling out to Milly to collect clean ashes while she soothes Mary. (full context)
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...cuts and ties the umbilical cord, just like she did Joe’s. She uses the ashes Milly gathered as baby powder, joking that it’s “better than Johnson’s Baby Powder.” She hands the... (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... (full context)
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...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 exits to try it... (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... (full context)