By Nevil Shute
Stanton Laird, a tender American geologist with a mystery, involves the Australian outback to look for oil. There he meets an unconventional farming relations and falls in love with their Mollie Regan. despite the fact that cultural changes among Stanton’s and Mollie’s worlds strength the 2 fans to make tough judgements.
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He's called the Judge because he is one - or he was. I don't think he was a very important one - County Court or something. ' He grinned. ' She dimpled. 'I'm not supposed to know. ' Too bad. ' 'Oh, ages ago, before I was born. Uncle Tom found him stinking drunk in a hotel at Geraldton and took him on as book-keeper. ' 'In England somewhere,' she replied. ' She paused. 'Ma says he was a schoolmaster when he was a young man at a place called Eton. ' 'That's right,' he said. ' she asked. 'Me? Never came within a mile of it.
He indicated a small Bible on the dressing table. 'That might be a good thing to do,' she observed. ' 'No,' he replied. ' 'I don't think so, Mom. ' 'Surely,' she said. ' 'I'd kind of like to sec the Hazel Advertiser now 'n then. ' He looked up and grinned at her. ' She nodded. 'I'll have that mailed to you from the office. Your Dad, he sometimes cuts bits out of our copy. ' 'I dunno that I'd read it. Maybe there'll be an Australian paper that I'll have to read, out there. ' 'And the Bible,' said his mother.
These were Mrs Regan's youngest children, Maggie and Shamus. The station book-keeper, who also served as the schoolmaster, followed them. He was a shambling, grey-haired, scholarly-looking man, well into his sixties. Spinifex Joe handed a bundle of letters and parcels to Mrs Regan, who took them on her lap and began to sort them through. She looked up as the schoolmaster approached. 'Here's one for you, Judge,' she called. ' He approached, and took them from "her. 'Thank you indeed,' he said. ' 'Aye,' said Mrs Regan.
Beyond the Black Stump by Nevil Shute