Sagitty is one of Thornhill's neighbors on the Hawkesbury River. He's great friends with Smasher and is similarly cruel to the Aborigines that live along the river, which he justifies because the natives steal from him regularly. Smasher tells Thornhill that Sagitty joined him in raping the Aborigine woman that Smasher keeps chained in a hut. Sagitty is also responsible for poisoning the natives with rat poison at Darkey Creek. On the day that Sal gives Thornhill an ultimatum about staying on the river, the natives burn Sagitty's hut and spear him in the stomach. Although Thornhill is able to get him to the hospital at Windsor, Sagitty dies.
Sagitty Quotes in The Secret River
The The Secret River quotes below are all either spoken by Sagitty or refer to Sagitty. 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.).
Part 6: The Secret River Quotes
Sagitty Character Timeline in The Secret River
The timeline below shows where the character Sagitty 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
...company, so one Sunday, several neighbors arrive. Smasher arrives first, followed by a man named Sagitty. Sagitty had once had a wife and children here in New South Wales, but they... (full context)
Part 5: Drawing a Line
...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 about Spider:... (full context)
...had been invited to have sex with Smasher's chained woman. Mrs. Herring warns Smasher and Sagitty that they're going to pay for what they're doing. Smasher recounts shooting two natives the... (full context)
Part 6: The Secret River
...talk to Sal, but Dan, breathless, interrupts them and says that the natives are burning Sagitty's place. Sal ignores Thornhill and shouts instructions to the children. She turns and tells Thornhill... (full context)
...Blackwood's place. Thornhill thinks of the black woman at Blackwood's, but tries to think of Sagitty instead. The group stops outside Blackwood's lagoon to sleep for a few hours before dawn. (full context)
Part 6: Mr. Thornhill's Villa
...river itself doesn't change. New men move to Smasher and Spider's places, and Thornhill buys Sagitty's place and 100 acres that includes Darkey Creek. It's called Thornhill's Creek now. The natives... (full context)