She could not stand the stranger’s face staring with its twisted expression. Turning to her companion, she said, ‘do something’! Her boyfriend looked at the man with his grimace and spastic limbs, and, feeling revulsion punched him hard about the head several times. The stranger’s body fell on the brown grass. Dry leaves crinkled in the north wind. The couple watched the man convulse, little spurts of life ebbing away. They could hear a tram in the distance, and suddenly became aware of their own breath.

Based on a report from The Age, 1904.

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  1. I found this a powerful, thought provoking , beautiful piece of writing. The images remain with me. Memories and experiences are bubbling to the surface. Thankyou Melanie.


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