Our Country’s Good

by

Timberlake Wertenbaker

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A marine who thinks it’s unfair that the officers and the convicts get the same amount of food. Because of this, he steals from the food supply with Ketch and several others. Handy Baker is one of Duckling’s lovers, a fact that gives Harry Brewer extra motivation to hang him. In the aftermath of this execution, Harry is haunted by Handy’s ghost, who visits him periodically and torments him by saying sexually explicit things about Duckling and guilt-tripping him about his involvement with the hanging.

Handy Baker Quotes in Our Country’s Good

The Our Country’s Good quotes below are all either spoken by Handy Baker or refer to Handy Baker. 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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Act One, Scene Four Quotes

Duckling’s gone silent on me again. I know it’s because of Handy Baker. I saw him as well as I see you. Duckling wants me, he said, even if you’ve hanged me. At least your poker’s danced its last shindy, I said. At least it’s young and straight, he said, she likes that. I went for him but he was gone. But he’s going to come back, I know it. I didn’t want to hang him, Ralph, I didn’t.

Page Number: 14
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Act One, Scene Seven Quotes

HARRY. […] I’m sorry, Duckling, please. Why can’t you? —can’t you just be with me? Don’t be angry. I’ll do anything for you, you know that. What do you want, Duckling?

DUCKLING. I don’t want to be watched all the time. I wake up in the middle of the night and you’re watching me. What do you think I’m going to do in my sleep, Harry? Watching, watching, watching. JUST STOP WATCHING ME.

HARRY. You want to leave me. All right, go and live in the women’s camp, sell yourself to a convict for a biscuit. Leave if you want to. You’re filthy, filthy, opening your legs to the first marine —

DUCKLING. Why are you so angry with your Duckling, Harry? Don’t you like it when I open my legs wide to you?

Related Characters: Midshipman Harry Brewer (speaker), Duckling Smith (speaker), Handy Baker
Page Number: 36
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Handy Baker Character Timeline in Our Country’s Good

The timeline below shows where the character Handy Baker appears in Our Country’s Good. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One, Scene Three
Punishment and Rehabilitation Theme Icon
Governance and Justice Theme Icon
...named James Freeman has also been sentenced to death. The final criminal, Harry says, is Handy Baker , a marine who was the “ringleader” of the theft. Collins adds that Handy tried... (full context)
Act One, Scene Four
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Love, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
Guilt, Regret, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Changing the subject, Harry says that he saw Handy Baker the night before. “You hanged him a month ago, Harry,” Ralph replies, but Harry insists... (full context)
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Love, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
Guilt, Regret, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...she’s with him. He then worries that she did “feel something” when she was with Handy Baker . “She thinks I hanged him to get rid of him, but I didn’t, Ralph,”... (full context)
Punishment and Rehabilitation Theme Icon
Theater, Liberation, and Unity Theme Icon
Love, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
Guilt, Regret, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...play. Harry agrees, and before he leaves, he asks Ralph if he thinks he killed Handy Baker . “No, Harry,” Ralph answers. (full context)
Act One, Scene Seven
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Guilt, Regret, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Harry accuses Duckling of having another lover, like she did when she was involved with Handy Baker . He calls her a “filthy whore,” but then immediately apologizes and asks her not... (full context)
Act One, Scene Nine
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Theater, Liberation, and Unity Theme Icon
Guilt, Regret, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...group. This, he claims, is also what happened when he was caught stealing food with Handy Baker and Thomas Barrett; he was simply going along with the plan. He tells Ralph that... (full context)
Act Two, Scene Three
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Guilt, Regret, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...his tent at night, Harry drinks large quantities of rum and has a conversation with Handy Baker ’s ghost, speaking out both as himself and as Handy. When he calls for Duckling,... (full context)
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Guilt, Regret, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...was doing on the beach. “You were with him, he told me, you were with Handy Baker ,” he says. (full context)