Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

by

Robyn Davidson

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Clivie Character Analysis

Clivie is an eleven-year-old Aboriginal boy whom Davidson meets through Ada Baxter. Although Clivie is kind and intelligent, he has a penchant for stealing things and eventually gets in serious trouble. He is separated from his family and sent to a reform school. Getting to know Clivie helps Davidson understand the ways in which schools fail Aboriginal children.

Clivie Quotes in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

The Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback quotes below are all either spoken by Clivie or refer to Clivie . 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback published in 1995.
Chapter 3  Quotes

So it was little wonder that children did not want to experience this totally alien and threatening environment. It taught them nothing they needed to know since the only job they were likely to get was itinerant station work, which did not require the ability to read or write. Little wonder that they were termed hopeless, unable to learn, sow’s ears. “Ah yes,” the whites shook their heads in sadness, “it’s in the blood. They’ll never be assimilated.”

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Clivie
Page Number: 48
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Clivie Character Timeline in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

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Chapter 3 
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...Aboriginal communities. She describes the particular case of an eleven-year-old Aboriginal boy she meets named Clivie, who is intelligent and friendly but prone to stealing. Davidson enjoys getting to know Clivie... (full context)