Mrs. Herring lives alone on the Hawkesbury River with only a few chickens. She smokes a pipe and is the closest thing to a doctor on the river. Though the natives steal from her, she turns a blind eye. She insists that she has enough and doesn't need to make a show of asserting her dominance.
Mrs. Herring Quotes in The Secret River
The The Secret River quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Herring or refer to Mrs. Herring. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Canongate edition of The Secret River published in 2007.).
Mrs. Herring Character Timeline in The Secret River
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Herring appears in The Secret River. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3: A Clearing in the Forest
...roots are edible, like yams, and the natives gave him some when he first arrived. Mrs. Herring agrees that the daisies are sweet, and Blackwood tells Thornhill that once you dig up... (full context)
...Mary frets. Sal wakes one morning with hard breasts and a fever, so Thornhill fetches Mrs. Herring . Mrs. Herring insists that Sal must keep nursing and use poultices on her breasts.... (full context)
Part 4: A Hundred Acres
Part 5: Drawing a Line
...night and makes his way to the lit hut, where he finds Sal entertaining Smasher, Mrs. Herring , Sagitty, Loveday, Blackwood, and another neighbor. When Thornhill enters, Sagitty and Smasher tell him... (full context)
...continues the tirade. Smasher mimes shooting a gun and shouts that the natives understand that. Mrs. Herring silences Smasher, and Thornhill wonders if all the men present had been invited to have... (full context)
Part 6: Mr. Thornhill's Villa