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

by

Robyn Davidson

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Eddie Character Analysis

Eddie, who sometimes calls himself Mr. Eddie, is an older Aboriginal man who accompanies Davidson through one leg of her journey. Eddie is relaxed and fun-loving, and he seems to Davidson to represent all the best aspects of Aboriginal culture. He is deeply in tune with the land around him and teaches Davidson invaluable survival skills, and he is also happy and hopeful despite having been unfairly oppressed throughout his life. Davidson is also stunned by the care and respect that Eddie shows toward his wife, which gives her insight into gender roles in Aboriginal communities. Although Eddie and Davidson have little language in common, they both enjoy their time traveling together and develop a close, almost familial bond.

Eddie 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 Eddie or refer to Eddie . 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 8  Quotes

Aborigines. Warm, friendly, laughing, excited, tired Pitjantjara Aborigines, returning to Wingelinna and Pipalyatjara after a land rights meeting in Warburton. No fear there, they were comfortable with silence. No need to pretend anything. Billies of tea all round. Some sat by the fire and chatted, others drove on home.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Eddie
Page Number: 158
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Chapter 9  Quotes

I was being torn by two different time concepts. I knew which one made sense, but the other one was fighting hard for survival. Structure, regimentation, orderedness. Which had absolutely nothing to do with anything. I kept thinking wryly to myself, “Christ, if this keeps up it will take us months to get there. So what? Is this a marathon or what? This is going to be the best part of your trip, having Eddie with you, so stretch it out, idiot, stretch it out. But but…what about routine?” and so on. The turmoil lasted all that day, but gradually faded as I relaxed into Eddie’s time. He was teaching me something about flow, about choosing the right moment for everything, about enjoying the present. I let him take over.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Eddie
Related Symbols: The Clock
Page Number: 177
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Chapter 10  Quotes

And as I walked through that country, I was becoming involved with it in a most intense and yet not fully conscious way. The motions and patterns and connections of things became apparent on a gut level. I didn’t just see the animal tracks, I knew them. I didn’t just see the bird, I knew it in relationship to its actions and effects. My environment began to teach me about itself without my full awareness of the process. It became an animate being of which I was a part.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Eddie
Page Number: 196
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Eddie Character Timeline in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

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Chapter 8 
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...overnight and in the morning, they agree that one of them, an older man named Eddie, should accompany her during the two-day walk to her next destination. The two of them... (full context)
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Eddie and Davidson walk together for two days, enjoying each other’s company. Davidson admires Eddie’s warmth... (full context)
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Davidson and Eddie arrive in Pipalyatjara and meet Glendle, a kind and caring man who welcomes them into... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Eddie continues to be a steadfast guide and also becomes fixated on Davidson’s rifle, which he... (full context)
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To Davidson’s delight, Eddie decides to accompany her another 200 miles to the next settlement, Warburton. Before they leave,... (full context)
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As they continue toward the next settlement, Davidson continues to enjoy Eddie’s company and is amazed by how well they get along with little spoken language in... (full context)
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...Davidson notices that all the cars of Aboriginal people stop to chat and laugh with Eddie, and she’s happy to gain acceptance into their community through his company (and through her... (full context)
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Davidson and Eddie soon arrive in Warburton together. Eddie suggests that she find another old man to go... (full context)
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...be a gloomy town, but Davidson nonetheless enjoys her time there. Glendle arrives to drive Eddie back home, and the three of them, along with Rick, spend hours talking with each... (full context)