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Summer of The Seventeenth Doll writeen by Ray Lawler is one of the first internationally acclaimed Australain plays Plot It is Australia in the 1950s For the past sixteen years sugarcane cutters Roo and Barney have gone to Melbourne every lay-off season to live with their barmaid girlfriends Olive and Nancy Things are different from the start of the seventeenth summer Nancy has left to get married There has been a fight on the canefields and Roo his position usurped as the toughest worker on the fields arrives with his ego battered and no money Barney once the Casanova of the canefields is having trouble wooing Nancys replacement the deeply skeptical Pearl Amid the emotional chaos Olive tries valiantly to maintain the reality and the dream of the past sixteen years Themes Maturity Stereotypes esp malefemale of the 1950s Ageing and time Change Ideals dreams vs reality Loyalty Expectations Key Quotes the regularsd stand aside to let em through just as if they was a - a coupla kings Olive about Roo and Barney shows the type of language used Oh yes thats what they remind me of she says two eagles flyin down out of the sun and coming south every year for the mating season Pearl as she stirs up the group showing how the layoff has changed for them Middle of the night Olive sat here on the floor huggin this and howling A grown-up woman howling over a silly old kewpie doll Thats Olive for yer Emma to Roo This shows that Olives world has been shattered - her life has gone with the lay-off Yknow a mans a fool to treat you as a woman Youre nothin but a little girl about twelve years old Roo to Olive re-emphasising the above Funny thing I imagined this place pretty often Oh of course
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