What are some misunderstandings Mau and Daphne face?

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At the beginning of their relationship, Mau and Daphne literally cannot understand each other. They come from completely different cultures and parts of the world, and they speak different languages. Terry Pratchett emphasizes the tropical island’s natural environment in which Mau is at home but which is alien to Daphne....

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At the beginning of their relationship, Mau and Daphne literally cannot understand each other. They come from completely different cultures and parts of the world, and they speak different languages. Terry Pratchett emphasizes the tropical island’s natural environment in which Mau is at home but which is alien to Daphne. In contrast, the author emphasizes the built world of the English girl. Many of the items of material culture that Daphne has brought, including the type of ship in which she had sailed, are unfamiliar to Mau. As they figure out ways to communicate, their progress is sporadic.

One of their first misunderstandings is over what a pistol is. Daphne believes she may need to defend herself but fortunately does not shoot Mau. Mau believes that it is a fire-starting tool, and they manage to use it successfully for that purpose. As other people arrive from different islands, they have their own interpretations of the young people’s identities and status. The misunderstandings apply to both of them in slightly different ways. Ataba, for example, condemns Mau’s behavior based on his understanding of Pacific cultural norms. He and the others see Daphne as a spirit manifestation. As events progress, the two of them often combine forces and transcend their differences.

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