In the book The Cay, what kind of job did Phillip's dad have, and where did he and the family sleep? 

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The text is not very clear as to exactly what job Phillip's father has. We know that he works in the oil refinery business, and he used to do his specific job in Virginia. In 1939, the Royal Dutch Shell company "borrowed" Phillip's father to come do his job in Curacao, and he agreed because he believed that he was doing his part for the war effort. The text tells readers that the Dutch company wanted Phillip's father because he was an expert in refineries and gasoline production. The only additional information that we get is that he was in charge of building a new refinery. I would guess that he is some sort of design engineer. I do not believe that he is a refinery chemist, because that wouldn't put him in charge of building the new refinery. He's likely a mixture of engineer, architect, and site foreman.

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Phillip's father, Phillip Enright Sr., works for the Royal Dutch Shell Oil refinery in Willemstad, Curacao, specializing in the production of aviation gasoline. He had earlier worked in America (probably Virginia) before being "borrowed" to work in the West Indies.

Phillip normally sleeps on the second floor of the family's "gabled green house" in Willemstad, but during the blackout, he slept downstairs on the couch for safety purposes. Phillip's mother, Grace, and father also usually sleep in the upstairs bedroom, but her husband also told her to sleep downstairs, probably on the floor or a second couch.

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