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. notwithstanding cultural adjustments among Stanton’s and Mollie’s worlds strength the 2 fans to make tough judgements.
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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. He looked up, grinning. ' Three weeks before the end of his leave Chuck Sheraton arrived from Texas, his Chcv full to the brim with wife, four children, two dogs, a pushcart, luggage, camp kit, and appurtenances. The Sheraton home was in Lindbergh Avenue two blocks from the Laird home on 2nd St, and Stanton strolled round to visit with them the morning after they arrived.
I'll have to go to Australia now, Dad, anyway. ' 'Sure you can't,' his father said. ' He paused. ' 'I wouldn't know, Dad. I've got just the one hole to dig, so far as I know - take about a year, maybe. I could make a break then, if they want me to go on out there. ' 'I could wait a year,' his father said, 'so long as I knew you were coming. I'd appreciate it if you could make your mind up one way or the other before Christmas. ' He went on to discuss the salary and the percentage of the profits.
I never thought about it, Dad. I dunno that there's much here I could do. ' 'No, you wouldn't. But I can hire good salesmen for five hundred a month 'n commission. ' 'What about you, Dad? ' There's a lot of other things I'd like to do, son, before I get too old. I'd like to expand this business in a lot of ways. Moving earth, for one. There's not a real road contractor this side of Portland. We could use one here, with the equipment based on Hazel. ' Stanton realized that his father had got this all figured out.
Beyond the Black Stump by Nevil Shute