Posted by Hil on February 06, 1998 at 18:21:51:
In response to "Minor" characters, written by Cheryl on January 29, 1998 at 14:12:37
I really like this aspect of Carey's writing too, Cheryl, and I agree that it just goes to make the whole book vivid.
There are so many lovely minor characters, that is hard to pick any one. I do like all the implications around Mrs Cousins:
'She had a tiny waist which she was proud of but, being in these days wary of being thought to advertise her charms, chose not to emphasize....
The supple person had once lived in Bendigo, Victoria, and had followed the dictates of her heart more than Bendigo judged wise or proper. In Bendigo she had been taught, most painfully, the value of propriety. she came to Parramatta to apply her knowledge.'
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