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Kylie Tennant

  • A definition of Sydney, Shannon thought, was that it was confusion surrounded on three sides by water and on the fourth by the hospital.

  • A bone of contention in the Drew household was always picked bare, being brought out at every meal and worried over with snarls and snappings.

  • The civilization of cities is breeding a new race of monks who have none of the original religious drive towards chastity, but are just incapable of facing the responsibilities of marriage.

  • Three girl children did nothing to reconcile Ada Hicks to a fourth; and her husband, when he heard the ghastly news, stood mute and stricken, wondering why his wife always had to tell him things like that before tea when she knew that worry gave him indigestion.

  • ... she had become a kind of emotional tapeworm hanging cosily in the mid-gut of other people's affairs and digesting any entertainment to be derived therefrom.

  • She would read anything from a dictionary to a treatise on turnips. Print fascinated her, dazed her, made her good for nothing.

  • Azaleas were his special passion, and one of his most dreadful crimes was that on several occasions he had gone down with a trowel to the Botanic Gardens, and with the help of a fellow azalea-lover, a priest with a big umbrella, he had pinned down several azalea shoots with hairpins until they rooted; and again, with the help of his ally and the big umbrella, had dug these furtive treasures from the ground and carried them away under his coat.

  • ... once a policy, like a set of steel rails, had been laid down for him by his superiors, his obedience ran along it unswerving.

  • Life was a fool's errand, carrying news to the worms.

  • When you can't see any reason for loving a person, you must be loving him as a symbol of something, don't you think so?

  • In the busy city, dying might be resented as a breach of good taste, and the body hastily dispatched to the undertaker and the crematorium; but in Lost Haven, where a man's mates had to turn out and dig his grave, it was an occasion shared by the whole community.

Kylie Tennant, Australian writer

(1912 - 1988)

Full name: Kathleen (Kylie) Tennant Rodd.