The Chosen Vessel

swagman on roadThis story by Barbara Baynton paints a graphic picture of the isolation and dangers faced by women living in Australia during the 19th century. A woman whose husband is away working is visited by a traveling swagman. She does not like the way he looks at her, and decides to lock herself and her baby in their house. The man does not get inside, but still gets what he wants.

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