The Secret River

What does the land mean to him? What are his biggest delusions? Did you find him aggressive, ignorant, innocent, naïve, full of rationales? Explain.

. Right from the beginning when the Thornhills stake out “their” land there is always a vague feeling of intrinsic threat. “My own, he kept saying to himself. My place. Thornhill’s place. But the wind in the leaves up on the ridge was saying something else entirely” (p. 139). Nothing in William’s experience has prepared him for the mysteries of this new land and its people

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Thornhill's innocence is very apparent in the above excerpt. He believes that land affords him safety.... he believes that by staking his claim, he makes it so. That is not the case here. In addition to innocence.... this also illustrates his ignorance.