What events in "Growing Up" by Joyce Cary lead to Robert Quick realizing his daughters and he are growing up?

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In Joyce Cary's "Growing Up," Quick notices changes in his daughters' behavior and begins to realize that they are growing up when the girls who once eagerly awaited his arrival are indifferent to his return home from a business trip. They display sudden wild, violent behavior when playing with him and the family dog. This is a stark deviation from the loving, gentle way they used to behave.

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In Joyce Cary's short story "Growing Up," the protagonist, Robert Quick, realizes that his daughters are growing up and that he too must grow and adjust to his children's changing needs.

Quick returns home from a business trip and expects his daughters to welcome him home affectionately, as they had done in the past. He finds the girls in the garden and is disappointed that they are indifferent to his return. His younger daughter, Jenny, is immersed in a book. His older daughter, Kate, is sitting on a swing, lost in thought. Neither of the girls pay Quick much attention. He sits in the garden, wanting to be near his children, and wistfully remembers how they used to eagerly wait for him down the road when they were younger. Now they barely notice his presence.

The girls start playing a violent game with the family dog, Snort. When the game becomes too violent, Quick asks his daughters to stop and they turn their attention to him. He becomes the target of their violence, and he is afraid of the wild, primal behavior of his daughters. He feels as if they are strangers to him. He remembers how gentle and loving the girls once were and is shocked by their wildness.

Upon realizing that they injured their father, the girls tend to Quick's wounds. Soon after, Mrs. Quick returns home and announces that she is hosting a tea party. Jenny and Kate wear clean dresses and behave well at the tea party. Quick reflects on the many mood changes displayed by his daughters that day and is saddened to think that in a couple of years, they will view him only as someone who pays the bills.

Quick realizes that his daughters are growing up and that the dynamic of his relationship with them is changing. This scares and saddens him, but also makes him realize that he must grow too in order to adjust to his children's changing needs.

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In Joyce Cary's short story, "Growing Up," Robert Quick, the narrator of the story realizes that his daughters are growing up, which forces him to do the same.

When Robert (referred to as "Quick") returns home on Friday, he calls out for the girls, but receives no answer. Quick is a man who believes that he is different from other fathers—he...

...never asked for affection [or]...flirted with their daughters, who encouraged them to love.

Thinking he knows them well, when he finds them in the garden and they do not respond, he is disappointed. This may serve as foreshadowing, for when the girls do act, it is in a way totally unfamiliar to him and frightening for Quick, who, having no experience with raising pre-adolescent girls—is unprepared for the sudden change in their demeanor and behavior.

As Jenny and Kate rouse themselves, their dog, Snort, comes to play. Kate shoves the dog away and Jenny joins in, but then Jenny throws a bamboo "spear" at the dog. Snort's response will mirror Quick's:

[Snort], startled, uttered a loud uncertain bark and approached, wagging her behind so vigorously that she curled her body sideways at each wag. She was not sure if this was a new game, or if she had committed some grave crime.

This uncertainty is born of a new aggressiveness on the part of the girls. All at once they begin hurling objects from the garden at the dog.

Snort, described as "the fugitive," is "horrified, overwhelmed" and...

...barked hysterically, crazily, wagged her tail in desperate submission; finally put it between her legs and crept whining between the broken shed and the wall.

This also serves to foreshadow Quick's response, for they will soon turn their attention on him. As Robert starts to rise from his garden chair to save the dog further abuse—while stopping the girls—Kate turns on Quick and...

...aimed a pea-stick at him and shouted at the top of her voice, "Yield, Pale-face."

Jenny soon joins in, rushing at her father with a "rake she carried like a lance." Now both girls are in the throes of laughter, and hurl themselves on Quick, as one shouts: "Kill him—scalp him. Torture him."

As they descend upon him, Quick is frightened because the two seem to have "gone completely mad, vindictive." They begin to hurt him and he does not know how to defend himself: the narrator notes that Quick does not want to hurt them in defending himself, but it may symbolically signify that the father has no idea what is happening and cannot conceive of a way to approach these strange girls who he used to play with. Even as Jenny squeezes his collar, actually cutting off his air, Quick does not act.

As the chair collapses, the dog nips Quick's head and it bleeds. This calms the girls who run around now, caring for his wound. Jenny is concerned, while Kate still giggles. These children are strangers to Quick. He is angry and surprised, but does not let them see this.

It seemed to him that something new had broken into his old simple and happy relation with his daughters; that they had suddenly receded from him into a world of their own in which he had not standing...

As Snort before him, Quick retreats from their attacks. He realizes that the relationship he shared with them before is gone. Soon enough, he thinks, he won't be good for anything but his checkbook. This saddens Quick, but he realizes that as his daughters are growing up, he must do the same so as to find a way to deal with these changes in his girls.

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in the short story "Growing Up" by "Joyce Cary" , what instances make Robert feel that his relation with his daughters is changing because of their growing up ?

The first instance where Quick feels a change in his daughters is the lack of enthusiasm for his return. The girls had been in tears when they missed him, but this time they are unmoved: Jenny lies reading a book, and Kate sits thoughtfully on the swing. As he realises their actions are not as he expected, Quick muses on the change in his daughters-

Jenny… was growing up more quickly than Kate, and she was going to be an exciting woman,

He realises that the fault is his: his expectations of his children have not altered-

 Quick was amused at his own disappointment.

He is more disturbed by their cruel treatment of the family dog. The girls throw anything they can at the poor creature to get it to leave, yet Quick sees it is in “acute misery”

The story becomes more sinister as the girls extend their red Indian game by attacking their father. He is shocked and hurt by their wild behaviour-

It seemed to him that something new had broken in to his old simple and happy relation with his daughters;

Quick then seeks to retreat to his club and be in the company of men, planning to return when the children are in bed.

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