Spider is another of Thornhill's neighbors on the Hawkesbury River. He's an unlucky man—seemingly always the first on the river to be stolen from or have a crop washed away. He calls his piece of land "Never Fail," which Thornhill finds ironic. After the natives steal his corn crop and all his belongings, he moves to the town of Windsor on the mouth of the Hawkesbury River and opens a rum bar. He's an instrumental figure in organizing the massacre at Blackwood's.
Spider Character Timeline in The Secret River
The timeline below shows where the character Spider 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
Part 5: Drawing a Line
...Sagitty, Loveday, Blackwood, and another neighbor. When Thornhill enters, Sagitty and Smasher tell him about Spider: while Spider was gone one day, his wife had been tricked into trading with a... (full context)
Part 6: The Secret River
Part 6: Mr. Thornhill's Villa
...the following ten years, the 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... (full context)