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Agnes is English and bog-ordinary and the only thing that Brakey loves about his home town

By Tim Winton   February 2004

It takes a week or more before Brakey admits it to himself – he’s watching her. The only reason he comes down here among the peppermints at sundown is to see Agnes Larwood light her kero lamp onshore, take up her gidgie and begin wading the shallows in search of cobbler. Some evenings she digs for cockles if the tide is low enough, and he has seen her scooping crabs over on the flat, but mostly she’s out there with the gidgie looking for cobbler to spear.

He lurks back in the gloom of the trees, the last of the…

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