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 kin and falls in love with their Mollie Regan. despite the fact that cultural modifications among Stanton’s and Mollie’s worlds strength the 2 enthusiasts to make tricky judgements.
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It's not the money, though. We're making enough from the wool cheque to put down one a year, say. But I don't think there's any water there. We've got the two along the line of Blackman's Creek, and there's no sign of water anywhere else. ' She nodded. She had lived all her life on Laragh but for periods at boarding school, and in her short memory four graziers had tried their luck on Lucinda Station and had given it up after a year or two. When David had come, this young English boy so full of energy and hope, the Regans had been sorry for him, the more so because he worked so hard on his depressing property.
I'll say it wouldn't,' said Ruth feelingly. They started three days later, Chuck and Stanton alone. They went on horseback, Chuck riding Mrs Ebcrhart's grey mare and Stanton riding a bay gelding called Scamp that belonged to his father; they led a packhorse loaded with their sleeping bags, hobbles, and food, for they intended to stay out for a week or so. They rode in the blue riding jeans that they called levis, with thick woollen shirts and wind-proof jackets suitable for the high altitudes that they were bound for; they rode in saddles with saddlebags, and they carried their bows slung across their backs.
Spinifex Joe crossed to his truck and began to lay the skids down from the trailer to the ground to get the drums off, helped by the young men. David Cope sat down again upon the edge of the verandah. Pat Regan picked out a letter in a long official envelope and peered at it suspiciously. The mouse peered with him from his shoulder. There was an official imprint on the envelope; he would not admit that he now needed glasses, and he had never read well anyway. ' His wife took it from him and screwed up her eyes.
Beyond the Black Stump by Nevil Shute