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

by

Robyn Davidson

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Gladdy is Kurt’s wife and becomes a close friend of Davidson’s. Although she is terrorized by her cruel husband, she is also a strong and independent woman who becomes an important source of support for Davidson. Notably, she also expressed anti-racist views about the Aboriginal people in Alice Springs, which Davidson appreciates. Gladdy lives with Davidson at Basso’s farm for a period, eventually leaving her husband and moving away. When she goes, she gives her dog Blue to Davidson.

Gladdy 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 Gladdy or refer to Gladdy . 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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Chapter 4 Quotes

This debilitating fear, this recognition of the full potential of Kurt’s hatred of me, and the knowledge that Kurt could and would hurt me very badly if I displeased him enough, was the catalyst which transformed my vague misery and sense of defeat into an overwhelming reality. The Kurts of this world would always win—there was no standing up to them—no protection from them. With this realization came a collapse: Everything I had been doing or thinking was meaningless, trivial, in the face of the existence of Kurt.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Kurt , Gladdy
Page Number: 60
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Gladdy Character Timeline in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

The timeline below shows where the character Gladdy 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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Davidson meets Gladdy, who runs a camel ranch with her husband, Kurt. Davidson is impressed by the property... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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...that she might need to return if she’s ever going to learn enough about camels. Gladdy also comes to visit her and they become friends, with Davidson occasionally staying the night... (full context)
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...her return to the ranch. She enjoys working with the camels and spending time with Gladdy, and she is glad to be away from the pub. She gets to know all... (full context)
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...but when it is destroyed in a storm she moves back in with Kurt and Gladdy. She tolerates Kurt’s behavior for a while longer, but snaps again one morning when he... (full context)
Chapter 3 
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...becoming less happy, despite her enjoyment of living alone. She attempts to remain friends with Gladdy and so sees Kurt as well, who continues to treat her with animosity. Gladdy plans... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Gladdy eventually leaves Kurt, and though Davidson is happy for her, she feels even more frightened... (full context)
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When Kurt realizes that Gladdy is gone, he becomes more furious than ever with Davidson. To her surprise, her brother-in-law... (full context)