Part Three – Stickability, The Dance and Props


So the Lamb’s store is quite popular, people from all over the street/town keep visiting. And who knew that Lester Lamb could bake bread, didn’t they live on a farm? Wasn’t his profession a farmer, maybe I missed something? And isn’t Oriel something, just a bit of a bossy britches. I quite like the description of the house on Cloud Street being wonky from the hive of activity on one side, to the opposite on the other. And I’m sure Dolly just loves… being asked if she and her husband rent off of the Lamb’s, I can see a confrontation brewing BIG TIME!

But the shop has taken on a life of its own, and people don’t even remember a time before the shop (let alone a time when it was just the Pickle Family). People now just talk about Cloud Street as if the only thing on it is the shop. Let’s see if their good fortune can last.

The Dance

I just realised that Fish’s accident was even worse than appeared. He was the smart, handsome and funny kid that everyone loved. And now Quick thinks it should have been him, the lesser brother. Quite sad actually. Though the number of times people do this, say it should have been me instead of him or her. Happens far too often I think. Quick has a room to himself for the first time in his life. But of course, he feels a bit lonely in such a large room with nothing to fill it. He even thinks it’s a sort of punishment for letting Fish get hurt. 

Well isn’t that a bit of a depressing chapter. Quick fills his walls with pictures of wounded and dead from the ongoing war. And all of them are looking at him, reminding him that he is healthy while his brother is not. The last paragraph, which talks about the pictures coming alive during the night, is a chilling picture, but one that is well written and described. It’s almost as if the pictures of the tortured and wounded dance around and fill Quick’s head and dreams with bad thoughts, and practically torture him.


This chapter confuses me a little. So an Aboriginal man comes up to Lester as he is closing the shop asking if he wants to buy props, which happen to be these sticks he is holding. But Lester has to ask his missus if they should buy them. So he says to come through to go round the back and talk to her. And he leaves his props out the front, but just as he steps inside his eyes widen, supposedly in fear, and he runs away. Lester seems to be quite shocked by this. The props lay there for 2 days until Oriel uses them to prop up her washing lines.

At first I thought Oriel had got some guy pointed at him, so he ran away. But that would make no sense. So it makes me think that he, being Aboriginal, could sense the dead woman’s spirit still there. That alone might have been enough to make him flee. But what is worse, for him, is that it was a bitter old widow, who died there. But probably even worse, is that the house used to be a Mission for Aboriginal girls, which would have been terrible for the girls, so maybe that was what he was feeling.

But then I realised, maybe it was the Aboriginal girl who died in the house’s spirit he could feel. Or maybe he realised after going in that he knew this place, and what once happened here? I take back that this chapter is confusing, it still is a little, but it just required some thought.


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