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The Drover’s Wife

the drover's wifeIn this story by Henry Lawson a woman remembers the many hardships and few good times in her life as she sits up all night with only a dog to help protect her and her children from a deadly snake. This is the second story we have presented which deals with the difficult and often lonely life faced by women in mid-nineteenth century Australia. In our earlier story, The Chosen Vessel, the dangers that the woman must face are of the two-legged kind.

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

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. 13000

The Loaded Dog

the loaded dogThis is one of the best known short stories by Henry Lawson, the great Australian poet and writer. It takes place in the late 1800s and involves three men and their big, lovable retriever pup. The men are working together digging for gold and like to go fishing in their free time. When the fish stop biting they decide to try to catch them by making a bomb and exploding it in the water. The pup picks up the the bomb, accidentally lights the fuse as he runs past the campfire, and has great fun chasing the men around the gold fields trying to give it back to them.

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