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"Who can control his fate? asks the ruined Othello. No one, indeed. But everyone controls his option, chooses his alternative. "


"Age cannot limit him, nor use exhaust his infinite mendacity."

JOSEPH, FURPHY - Tom Collins, The Buln-buln and the Brolga

"Such is life, my fellow-mummers - just like a poor player that bluffs and feints his hour upon the stage, and then cheapens down to mere nonentity. But let me not hear any small witticism to the further effect that its story is a tale told by a vulgarian, full of slang and blanky, signifying - nothing. "

JOSEPH, FURPHY - Tom Collins, Such is Life

"It is not in our cities or townships, it is not in our agricultural or mining areas, that the Australian attains full consciousness of his own nationality; it is in places like this, and as clearly here as at the centre of the continent. To me the monotonous variety of this interminable scrub has a charm of its own; so grave, subdued, self centred; so alien to the genial appeal of more winsome landscape, or the assertive grandeur of mountain and gorge. "

JOSEPH, FURPHY - Tom Collins, Such is Life