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Themes and issues: a stimulus for discussion groups.

Using these quotes to help you get started, discuss the way the novel deals with the theme
you've chosen and your own ideas about it.


RITUALS, RULES, CULTURAL TRADITION

" illegitimacy isn't a big deal any more!" (p35)

Jacob: " But what's the big deal? Everyone has babies without being married these days.
Everyone lives together and gets remarried."


Josie: "We live in the same country but we're different. What's taboo for Italians isn't taboo for Australians." (p152)

" A daughter's behaviour always reflects on how good a mother is." (p37)

"…you wanna go out?"

"…You'd have to meet my mother." (p106)

Tomato day — National Wog Day (p171)

" A tradition that we'll never let go. A tradition that I probably will never let go of
either, simply because there are some things that could offend people I love. You live
with such freedom Jacob… You live without religion and culture. All you have to do is
abide by the law."


PRESSURE
Jacob: "Welcome to the nineties, Josephine. Women don't have to be virgins any more."

Josie: "…Women don't have to be pushed into things anymore…it's (virginity) not a
prize and I'm not a prize. But it's mine. It belongs to me and I can only give it away
once and I want to be sure when it happens Jacob…or one day someone else is doing it. I
don't want to do it, Jacob, because everyone else is doing it." (p213)


Michael: "…living is the challenge, Josie. Not dying. Dying is so easy. Sometimes it
only takes ten seconds to die. But living? That can take you eighty years and you do
something in that time, whether it is giving birth to a baby or being a housewife or a
barrister or a soldier. You've accomplished something. To throw that away at such a young
age, to have no hope, is the biggest tragedy." (p236)


"Father Stephen said that peace is a state of mind. We will never have world peace, John,
so we have to be peaceful within ourselves and that will make us happy." (p134)


John Barton: "I've always had to be the best because it's been expected of me." (p46)

"But I don't know what I want to be…how can I tell my father I don't want to study law,
if I don't know what else I want to be." (p133-134)


DESTINY

Josie: "…we're masters of our own destiny."

Lee: "That's rubbish. If your father's a dustman, you're going to be a dustman and if our
father's filthy rich, you're going to be filthy rich because he'll introduce you to his
rich friend's son. People breed with their own kind…the rich marry the rich, Josie, and
the poor marry the poor. The dags will marry the dags and wogs marry wogs…" (p144)


LEADERSHIP

Sister Louise: "I know what came over you. You decided to become a sheep for the day,
Josephine. You weren't a leader. You were a follower. You'll never amount to anything if
you can be so easily influenced." (p181)


"You and your friends are trendsetters. The girls look up to you. They copy what you do.
They'll probably slap you on the back to congratulate you when you get back to class. I
couldn't afford to have my school captain set such a bad example…you have to remember
that you aren't a leader because you're given a title. You're a leader because of what is
inside of you. Because of how you feel about yourself." (p184)


RESPECT

Nonna Katia: "I am an old woman now and I deserve respect." (p36)

"But there is no respect left with the youth of today." (p37)

"Mam says that satisfaction isn't what I should search for. Respect is. Respect? I detest
the word. Probably because in this world you have to respect the wrong people for the
wrong reasons." (p138)


YOUTH

Josie: "It's not the youth of today…It's you and people like you. Always worrying about
what other people think. Always talking about other people." (p37)


"When I hear Nona Katia tell me about how life was forty odd years ago, I find it hard to
believe that she was just seventeen…when she married, and was taken half way across the
world. But then again Mama was just seventeen when she gave birth to me…it makes me
realise how young we youth of today really are." (p79)


SNOBBERY

John: "I will not associate with pretentious people with nothing constructive to discuss
except what kind of car they're getting for their 18th birthday." (p 47-48)


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