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The Loaded Dog The goldfields were a setting very familiar to Lawson The main characters Dave Regan Jim Bently and Andy Page are good-natured The escapades of Tommy the black retriever dog establish the plot of the narrative Tommys good nature and the challenge of a game with his friends build into a chase scene which has become synonymous with bush larrikinism and legend The male characters hit on an ingenious plan to catch fish by blowing them out of the water with a special cartridge made from explosives The cartridge is retrieved by Tommy who chases the men that are running away from the inevitable explosion Tommy however is saved by a vicious yellow mongrel cattle dog a dog despised by all The cartridge is dropped by Tommy and claimed by the cattle dog when it explodes The cattle dog dies but Tommy is saved with much irony since Tommy begun the situation The Drovers Wife The drover is forced to leave his wife and four children in a shanty on the main road The hardships forced on the drovers wife and children who are left to cope with geographical isolation and the natural elements of the environment Time passing through the night is a structural device used by Lawson to allow the drovers wife the opportunity to reflect on the loneliness of her life and the only way she can now achieve any of her dreams is by living through a magazine The dog and its loyalty to the family is significant A loyalty so devout that the dog is prepared to give up its own life to save that of the family and is expected that some day he will be bitten by a snake and die The drovers wife maintains a sense of humour and is not lost in a world of self-pity The anecdotes of her ability to cope with anything nature can hurl at her should be considered a
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