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From your study of Wandering Girl what insights have you gained about the challenges Glenyse faced as a young person Wandering Girl by Glenyse Ward tells her story of a young Aboriginal girl living a life of many challenges She was taken away from her mother at the age of three and was brought up in a Catholic mission called Wandering until the age of 16 From there Glenyse went to work for the Bigelows a white family who lived on a farm in the remote outback of Western Australia The Bigelows house was very grand and luxurious compared to her home at the mission She thought she would really enjoy living on the farm however she did not realise how much she would eventually come to hate the place She was to face many challenges living at the Bigelows including loneliness discrimination the loss of her identity and living in unfamiliar and unfriendly surroundings Living in the Bigelows house was very lonely It was a kind of loneliness that Glenyse had never encountered At the mission she always had friends and nuns and a priest who valued children and lovingly brought her up However it was not the same at the Bigelows property Each day felt like years as Glenyse had no one to talk to Mrs Bigelow never spoke to Glenyse unless it was to give her orders Glenyse had very little contact with the Bigelow children and Mr Bigelow the Mayor of Ridgeway never spoke to Glenyse She was their dark slave and was to do all their household chores For a while Glenyse did not have anyone to talk to or to joke with However Glenyse did have a sense of humor and guts to pull her through the time This was evident when Glenyse accidentally killed a turkey She felt disheartened by the whole affair but was able to think if she was with a friend
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