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

by

Robyn Davidson

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Diggity Character Analysis

Diggity is Davidson’s beloved dog, a small mutt who is unfailingly loyal and loving. She accompanies Davidson throughout her entire journey and is always depicted as well-behaved and unusually intelligent, sometimes leading Davidson home when she gets lost. She is also especially fond of Rick. Davidson writes that Diggity is more than just a dog and becomes a very close friend during the trip. Toward the end of the trek, Diggity eats a poisoned bait intended for dingoes after Davidson fails to provide her with adequate food. She becomes intensely ill and Davidson has no choice but to shoot her. After Diggity’s death, Davidson is devastated and initially unable to recover from her guilt over the incident.

Diggity 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 Diggity or refer to Diggity . 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 7  Quotes

Some camps on those nights were so desolate they stole into my soul, and I longed for a safe nook out of that chill empty wind. I felt vulnerable. Moonlight turned the shadows into inimical forms and I was so glad of Diggity’s warmth as we snuggled beneath the blankets that I could have squeezed her to death. The rituals I performed provided another necessary structure. Everything was done correctly and obsessionally. Before I went to bed, everything was placed exactly where I wanted it for the morning.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Diggity
Page Number: 130-131
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Chapter 10  Quotes

And I thought I had done it. I believed I had generated a magic for myself that had nothing to do with coincidence, believed I was part of a strange and powerful sequence of events called fate and I was beyond the need for anything or anyone. And that night I received the most profound and cruel lesson of all. That death is sudden and final and comes from nowhere. It had waited for my moment of supreme complacency and then it had struck. Late that night, Diggity took a poison bait.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Diggity
Page Number: 227
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Chapter 11  Quotes

I danced until I could dance no more—I danced out everything. Diggity, the trip, Rick, the article, the whole lot. I shouted and howled and wept and I leapt and contorted my body until it refused to respond anymore. I crawled back to the camels, covered in grime and sweat, shaking with fatigue, dust in my ears and nose and mouth, and slept for about an hour. When I woke, I felt healed, and weightless, and prepared for anything.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick, Diggity
Page Number: 237
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Diggity Character Timeline in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

The timeline below shows where the character Diggity appears in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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...Australian outback. She has with her only one suitcase, six dollars, and her beloved dog, Diggity. She has traveled there from her comfortable life in Queensland with the idea of finding... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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Davidson settles into a routine with Diggity, her crow, and the camels she cares for. She sleeps for a while in her... (full context)
Chapter 5 
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...had rocky relationships in the past. At last, Davidson walks out into the desert with Diggity and her camels and feels the magnificence of the world around her. Then, just as... (full context)
Chapter 8 
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Davidson begins to talk to herself and yell at the dunes around her, frightening Diggity. Then, finally, she makes it out of the dunes and, upon finding the mill at... (full context)
Chapter 10 
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...something limitless and perfectly balanced. Although she often talks to herself or the camels and Diggity, she finds that she is not at all lonely. (full context)
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...is completely the same. At one point, she finds a dust bowl and joyfully joins Diggity and the camels in rolling naked in the dirt, laughing and thinking about how the... (full context)
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...several hours, and she also describes getting lost in the desert and needing to have Diggity guide her back to camp. Davidson notes that Diggity has always seemed like more than... (full context)
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...also beautiful in what Davidson calls “a fossilized primordial sort of way.” She worries about Diggity because of the poison baits in the area, which are set to kill dingos, but... (full context)
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...what she calls the “most profound and cruel lesson of all.” One night, she rations Diggity’s food instead of shooting fresh game for her, and Diggity sneaks away from camp and... (full context)
Chapter 11 
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Davidson walks on without Diggity, feeling both devastated and detached from her emotions. She has frequent dreams that Diggity is... (full context)
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During the days between Diggity’s death and her arrival in Wiluna, Davidson finds a stunning landscape of colorful cliffs and... (full context)
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...to get a beer. She still tries to fend them off but ends up disclosing Diggity’s death, a fact which they eventually print even though she asks them not to. (full context)
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...through the country that Davidson recently passed through, since she feels that her sadness over Diggity kept her from fully experiencing it. Though the country is gorgeous, they also see a... (full context)