No Sugar

No Sugar

by

Jack Davis

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Sergeant Carrol Character Analysis

A sergeant on the Northam police force. He works with Constable Kerr, and sometimes remotely checks in with Neville and Miss Dunn. Part of his job involves helping and coordinating with the local Aboriginal community, but the Sergeant seems to have little respect for their wellbeing or their way of life. The Millimurra-Munday family distrusts him and the entire police force. Their interactions with law enforcement have rarely been positive; instead, they have grown used to constant state-sanctioned police harassment.

Sergeant Carrol Quotes in No Sugar

The No Sugar quotes below are all either spoken by Sergeant Carrol or refer to Sergeant Carrol. 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:
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Sergeant Carrol Character Timeline in No Sugar

The timeline below shows where the character Sergeant Carrol appears in No Sugar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
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On the street in Northam, Sergeant Carrol interrupts Frank as he rolls a cigarette. Although Frank is camping out with a... (full context)
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Jimmy was discovered drunk, and the Sergeant suggests that Frank bought him alcohol. The Sergeant warns Frank that, although Jimmy only received... (full context)
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The Sergeant suggests Frank leaves town, but he doesn’t want to go. He’s looked for work all... (full context)
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Frank exits the stage, and the Sergeant enters the police station. Across the stage, Miss Dunn and Neville sit at their desks... (full context)
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Neville has Miss Dunn call the Sergeant. As they wait for the call to connect, Neville dictates a note to a superior... (full context)
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Sergeant Carroll returns Neville’s call, interrupting his dictation. Neville reports that he has had trouble finding... (full context)
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Gran and Milly arrive at the Northam police station to collect their rations, interrupting the Sergeant’s call. He and Neville hang up, and the Sergeant turns his attention to the two... (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... (full context)
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Milly is upset when she realizes that soap has been cut from the rations. The Sergeant says she can buy some, and when she asks what money she will use, he... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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...rations being cut. Seeing that Cissie is also upset, Jimmy promises to go give the Sergeant “a piece of my mind,” but Gran warns him he that if he does so... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 4
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Jimmy and Sam are locked in adjacent jail cells. The Sergeant and Constable catalogue their belongings, including a harmonica, which they confiscated from Jimmy. Jimmy, however,... (full context)
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...it. When the Constable ignores his complaint, Jimmy throws the bucket against the wall. The Sergeant adds “damage to government property” to the charge sheet. (full context)
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...quiet and cooperative, while Jimmy continues to harass his captors, reciting poems, swearing at the Sergeant and Constable, and finally singing, “I don’t give a damn for any damn man, /... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 5
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Jimmy, Sam, and Frank stand trial in a courthouse in Northam. The Sergeant and a local farmer, JP, act as the prosecution. Frank pleads guilty with an explanation... (full context)
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The Sergeant announces that Jimmy and Sam were arrested when they were drunk the night before. The... (full context)
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...shillings, plus two and sixpence in exchange for not serving a week in prison. The Sergeant tells JP Sam will need time to pay, and so Sam is given fourteen days... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 7
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Neville has Miss Dunn call Sergeant Carrol in Northam. Jimmy interrupts her as she waits for the call to connect. He... (full context)
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...the Constable that she is calling from the Aborigines Department. The Constable announces to the Sergeant that the “Niggers’ Department” is on the line. (full context)
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Miss Dunn transfers the call to Neville, who announces to Sergeant Carroll that they’ve run into more trouble relocating the Reservation. Although they’ve found a location... (full context)
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...arrive at the station. Gran tells the Constable that she demands to speak to the Sergeant. They didn’t collect their rations the day before because they were at the hospital with... (full context)
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Milly needs blankets for Cissie, but they have not arrived yet. The Sergeant calls Milly by her first name, and Gran corrects him, saying she should be referred... (full context)
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The Sergeant suggests that Milly and Gran ask the vicar at a local church for blankets, but... (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... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 8
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Joe announces he’s seen the Sergeant, who told him Cissie is ready to be taken home from the hospital. Milly wonders... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 9
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...members of the Millimurra-Munday family. As he talks, he is interrupted by a knock. The Sergeant has taken a train from Northam to visit him. The Sergeant sits, and Neville announces... (full context)
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The meeting now over, the Sergeant leaves. He plans to pick up presents for his wife and children while he’s in... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 10
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...and Gran sew at their home in Government Well. The group is interrupted by the Sergeant and Constable, who arrive with Jimmy, Joe, and Sam. The Sergeant announces that he has... (full context)
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...but the Constable tells her she’s “under arrest” and must do what she’s told. The Sergeant tells them they are under medical quarantine and therefore are obligated to leave, but Jimmy... (full context)
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Sick of arguing, the Sergeant threatens to charge the family with resisting arrest. Sam and his family will go by... (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... (full context)
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Joe wants to pick up rations, but the Sergeant says that, since the entire Aboriginal community has “shifted out,” Northam no longer gives out... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
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Sergeant Carroll calls Miss Dunn. She connects him to Neville. Neville wants to know how many... (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... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 4
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Later that day, Sergeant Carroll and Constable Kerr approach Joe in the streets of Northam. The Sergeant produces a... (full context)
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...of bloke I 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... (full context)