Granny Tallisker’s son-in-law and the father of Judah, Gibbie, and Beatie, Samuel Bow is an ex-soldier who still bears the physical and psychological scars of his time in the Crimean War. A timid, melancholy man until he begins drinking, Samuel, after just a sip of alcohol, flies into terrible rages—“spells” that cause him to believe he is back in the war, fighting against the Russians. Samuel causes great havoc during these spells, much to his own personal embarrassment.
Samuel Bow Character Timeline in Playing Beatie Bow
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...father’s death, Granny and Dovey came to New South Wales to live with Granny’s daughter, Amelia—Samuel’s late wife—but when the two of them arrived, they found everyone deathly ill with typhoid... (full context)
...but bustling street. She is distracted, though, by a commotion in the adjacent confectionery shop. Mr. Bow storms into the parlor and pulls a rusty sword down from the mantel, screaming about... (full context)
...ruined treats throughout the shop, and Dovey shows Abigail the many different kinds of candy Mr. Bow makes. Gibbie laments that no one will carry him upstairs, and that his own father... (full context)
...to school and Granny and Dovey leave Abigail alone in the shop with the absent-minded Mr. Bow, Abigail seizes her chance and leaves the shop. She heads down Argyle Street, planning to... (full context)
...Abigail feels only anxiety. As the three head out through the shop door, Abigail bids Mr. Bow goodbye, but he does not respond. Judah confesses that he is worried about his father,... (full context)
...between Mitchell and the Rocks, as if in a dream. She sees Beatie, Granny, and Samuel walking through the street in their best clothes, with Judah and Dovey close behind—they have... (full context)
...on it—Robert replies that Judah is only a family name, and his great-grandfather’s name was Samuel. Abigail insists that Samuel was Beatie and Gibbie and Judah’s father. Robert points out Gilbert... (full context)