What are the physical traits of Phillip from The Cay?

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In The Cay, Phillip is initially excited that the war, which he has heard so much about but has never experienced, has eventually reached the island of Curacao. He is the narrator and gives rich descriptions about his surroundings and other people, revealing that he is very aware of his surroundings, but he does not reveal much about himself. However, he is proud of his twelve years and is offended when he is treated like a little boy. He would seem to be average height for his age, him fitting comfortably in the hut that Timothy makes them. 

He lives with his parents in Curacao which is in the Caribbean after his father was required to move from Virginia, America to do his part for the "war effort," working to increase aviation fuel production. Phillip is very over-protected by his mother who always has concerns that he will get hurt whereas his father would rather Phillip knows the dangers and understands the truth. Phillip and his best friend, Henrik do lots of exploring since Phillip's father rarely has time for fishing or sailing anymore. Phillip describes Henrik as having a round face and being "chubby" with "straw-colored hair" and red cheeks. 

After the boat in which Phillip and his mother are returning to America is torpedoed, Phillip finds himself in the company of Timothy who is "very old" with the whitest teeth and "pink-purple lips" with a face that "couldn't have been blacker." Over time, Phillip learns to trust and respect Timothy and his "stubborn" nature. After going blind, Phillip enjoys the feel of the rain because it is something he can "hear and feel." He questions Timothy as to why people have different colors of skin and Timothy equates it to flowers being different colors and reminds Phillip that beneath the skin, Phillip as a white boy and Timothy as a black man, "is all d'same."  

As time goes by, Timothy suggests that...

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