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Helen Zenna Smith

  • She is a good-natured soul, phlegmatic, law-abiding, and totally devoid of nerves or imagination. She could sleep on a clothes-line suspended by pegs from the ears ...

  • Her definition of a true lady is one who is ignorant of the simplest domestic details to the point of imbecility.

  • ... all the ideals and beliefs you ever had have crashed about your gun-deafened ears — you don't believe in God or them or the infallibility of England or anything but bloody war and wounds and foul smells and smutty stories and smoke and bombs and lice and filth and noise, noise, noise — you live in a world of cold sick fear, a dirty world of darkness and despair — you want to crawl ignominiously home away from these painful writhing things that once were men, these shattered, tortured faces that dumbly demand what it's all about in Christ's name ...

  • ... war made by age and fought by youth while age looked on and applauded and encored.

  • What a godsend the war is, coming just as Spiritualism was beginning to bore her!

  • ... fear cannot exist when one is indifferent to life.

  • If the submarines, the aerial torpedoes, the poison gas, the liquid fire, the long-distance guns, the hand grenades, the trench mortars, and all the other things injure without killing them, they are sent back again and again after being patched up until they are killed.

Helen Zenna Smith, Australian writer, actor, astrologer, media personality

(1888 - 1985)

Real name: Eva (later Evadne) Grace Price Fletcher Attiwill.