The Secret River Characters

Kate Grenville
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William Thornhill

William Thornhill is the main character of the novel. He was born to a poor London family. The family never had enough to eat. They were always cold. Thornhill learned early how to steal and not get caught in order to provide food for his family. Through his childhood of poverty Thornhill dreamed that his life would improve if he worked hard. He believed his dream was coming true when Mr. Middleton, the father of his sweetheart, took Thornhill on as an apprentice. After Thornhill finished his apprenticeship he married Sal, Middleton’s daughter. Middleton gave Thornhill a boat of his own as a wedding gift. Although Thornhill was not rich, he worked hard and made enough to support his family.

Thornhill’s dream fell apart when his in-laws became sick and died at the same time. The Middleton’s medical bills depleted their savings and the...

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