At Dead Dingo

outback pubThis story by Australian poet and writer Henry Lawson takes place in an pub. There were only three people drinking one hot New Years Day, and one of them won a sheep-dog in a card game. At the end of the story the reader is left with a question. Who really owned the dog?

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outback(n: outback, noncount) The country areas in Australia a long way away from the coast and cities. (ชนบท) 13000

(n: collar pl collars) 1. The part of a piece of clothing at the neck, especially of a shirt, jacket etc. (คอเสื้อ) 2. A band of leather, plastic, etc., worn around an animal's neck. (ปลอกคอ) 3000

shirt collar dog collar

gamble(v: gamble, gambles, gambled, gambling) To play a game in which you can win or lose money or other things you own; to bet money or other valuable things on an outcome, such as a horse race. (เสี่ยงโชค) 3000

moral(n: moral pl morals) The lesson to be learned from something that happens or from a story. (เรื่องสอนใจ)
(adj: moral) Concerning what is right and wrong in human behavior. A moral person is always does what they believe to be the right thing to do. (ทางศีลธรรม) 2000

outback(n: outback, noncount) The country areas in Australia a long way away from the coast and cities. (ชนบท) 13000

quid(n: quid pl quid) An informal word for one pound in British money. (ปอนด์สเตอร์ลิง) 1000

scratch(n: scratch pl scratches) A shallow and narrow cut in the skin or a surface caused by something sharp. (รอยขีดข่วน)
(v: scratch, scratches, scratched, scratching) 1. To make a line in a surface or object by rubbing or cutting it with a sharp point. (ข่วน; ขีด) 2. To rub your skin with something sharp to stop an itch. (เกา) 3000

shear(v: shear, shears, sheared, sheared or shorn, shearing) To cut the hair, wool, etc. off an animal. The farmer sheared the wool off the sheep. (ตัดขน) 5000
(n: shearer pl shearers) A skilled worker who shears the wool off of sheep or other animals.

spit(v: spit, spits, spat, spitting) To force something [such as food or liquid] from your mouth. (ถ่มน้ำลาย) 3000

steal(v: steal, steals, stole, stolen, stealing) To take (something) from the owner in a way that is wrong or against the law. (ขโมย) 3000

able(n: swag pl swags) In Australia, a bundle containing a person's food and belongings, often wrapped up in a blanket for carrying. (ห่อสัมภาระ) 12000

swagman(n: swagman pl swagmen) In Australia, a usually poor or homeless man who travels around looking for work carrying his personal possessions in a 'swag'.
(n: swag pl swags) A bundle containing a person's food and belongings, often wrapped up in a blanket for carrying. (ห่อสัมภาระ) 12000

(n: thump pl thumps) [the sound of] a heavy blow or hit. (ตีดัง ๆ)
(v: thump, thumps, thumped, thumping) To hit or beat something or someone and make a loud, deep sound. (กระหน่ำ) 4000

thunder(n: thunder, noncount) The loud, deep rumbling sound that follows a flash of lightning during a storm. (ฟ้าร้อง)
(v: thunder, thunders, thundered, thundering) To make a very loud, deep noise. (ส่งเสียงดังคล้ายเสียงฟ้าร้อง) 3000

veranda(n: veranda or verandah pl verandas or verandahs) A long, open structure on the outside of a building that has a roof. Called a 'porch' in the U.S.A. (ระเบียง) 7000

police whistlinggirl whistling(n: whistle pl whistles) A device through which air or steam is forced to produce a very high and loud sound. The policeman blew his whistle. (นกหวีด)
(v: whistle, whistles, whistled, whistling) 1. To produce a very high, often musical, sound by forcing air through your lips or teeth. He whistled a happy tune. (ผิวปาก) 2. To make such a sound with a whistle or by passing quickly through the air. The bullet whistled past his head. (ทำให้เกิดเสียงหวีดหวิว) 3. (of the wind) To blow with such a sound. (พัดให้เกิดเสียงหวีดหวิว) 3000

yawn(v: yawn, yawns, yawned, yawning) To open your mouth wide while taking in breath, usually because you are tired or bored. (หาว) 5000

dingo(n: dingo pl dingoes) A type of wild dog found in Australia. (หมาป่า)