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

by

Robyn Davidson

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Jenny Character Analysis

Jenny is one of Davidson’s closest friends in Alice Springs. Though little is revealed about her personality, she is repeatedly a source of support for Davidson, helping her prepare for the trip, comforting her when she has to put Kate down, and even visiting her at Ayers Rock. She and Toly meet Davidson in Wiluna as well and spend time with her near the end of her trip. Jenny is also an activist for Aboriginal rights.

Jenny 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 Jenny or refer to Jenny . 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 5  Quotes

I made lists of lists of lists, then started all over again. And if I did something that wasn’t on a list, I would promptly write it on one and cross it out, with the feeling of having at least accomplished something. I walked in my sleep into Jenny and Toly’s room one night and asked them if they thought everything was going to be all right.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Jenny , Toly
Page Number: 90
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Jenny Character Timeline in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

The timeline below shows where the character Jenny 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 3 
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...involved in local social life and jeopardize her solitude. However, two of these young people, Jenny and Toly, win her over and become her close friends. (full context)
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...has blood poisoning and will not be able to recover. With support from her friend Jenny, Davidson steels herself and shoots Kate to put her out of her misery. Without Kate,... (full context)
Chapter 5 
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Having seen the camels from the air, Davidson sets out on foot with Jenny and Toly to capture them. Although she is at first confident of their course, the... (full context)
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...diligently prepares for the trip, and eventually she and the camels depart for Utopia alongside Jenny and Toly. Ada Baxter begs Davidson not to go, saying that she will certainly die,... (full context)
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...a friendly face, she is also annoyed at the intrusion. After a final visit from Jenny and Toly at a campsite along the way, Davidson makes final adjustments to her pack,... (full context)
Chapter 7 
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Rick arrives the next day and, to Davidson’s surprise, he brings Jenny along with him. Although Davidson is happy to see Jenny, she is also dismayed to... (full context)
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Two days later, Jenny leaves for Alice Springs, and Rick annoys Davidson by photographing their goodbyes. She is also... (full context)
Chapter 11 
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...his second home to stay in, miles outside of town. Rick has also arranged for Jenny and Toly to fly in, which delights Davidson. Together, the four of them hide out... (full context)
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...return to Wiluna and enjoy a last day together laughing at the camels’ antics before Jenny and Toly depart. (full context)