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This first chapter of Part Two of Robert Drewes memoir The Shark Net portrays the significant role of the Dunlop Company within the Drewe household Titled Blackboys Drewe illustrates Dunlops power to separate you from your family This is symbolic of their transfer to Western Australia and Drewes mother forcefully having to leave her family in Melbourne He describes the companys controlling influence It could send you alltwelve hours and two thousand miles west Drewes questioning of his mother about Perth Is there gas in Perth Is this Africa denotes the sub-text - is Perth dangerous and are we alone While staying overnight at the Chutes Drewe is warned of the Aboriginal people Sleep tight sonny Theres a lot of blackboys out there in the garden Filled with anxiety Drewe uses auditory imagery to depict his conscious awareness of the black boys It was too dark to see them but I could hear their whispers and the soft rattle of their spears Overhearing his father and Mr Chutes discussing the future of Dunlop rubber products Drewe felt comforted and somewhat unphased by his surroundings This conversation comforts him everyone chuckled and I fell asleep The chapter concludes with an underlying sense of benevolence indicating that any tension previously expressed has been resolved Titled People of the Dunes the following section details the first years of the Drewes in Perth The title suggests a relaxed and informal tone exemplifying the residents of Perth as leisurely coastal people This notion is further enhanced by Drewe using evocative visual imagery to illustrate Perths inhabitants describing them as Sand People Their appearance rearranged by the sun and wind -- they are tanned freckled scabbed and bleached The young narrator distinguishes them as a different species They look nothing like Melbourne people Drewe uses an unflattering simile to illustrate this conception There were women with chests and backs like leopards Such a comparison encourages us to presume that
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