The Secret River Symbols & Objects

Kate Grenville
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Steeples

The steeples in London, which looked down on everything in the city, represented God to Thornhill. It seemed to Thornhill that these steeples were always watching him.

Lions on the Gateposts

The lions on the gateposts at Christ Church were a symbol of Thornhill’s mother and of his earliest memories. When Thornhill built his house in Australia he ordered lions to sit on the gateposts but they wound up looking less ferocious than the ones Thornhill remembered from Christ Church.

Dogget’s Badge

Thornhill won this Dogget’s Badge in a rowing competition. It symbolized that he was the strongest and best rower.

Brazil Wood

It was when Thornhill tried to steal this Brazil wood that he was caught and arrested for theft. This Brazil wood actually symbolized a turning point in Thornhill’s life because it was when he tried to steal it and...

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