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Clarice Castlemaine, the ageing leading lady of Handley's Unparalleled Dramatic Company, walks out after the manager reprimands her for being late for rehearsal. When she meets two young boys fleeing a drunken man she learns the tragic effects of her self-centred character.
Joyce Farrier believes the cost of marriage to women is too high and turns down Don Leslie's repeated pleas for her to marry him. She tells Don she will not see him again, but when he is injured in a traffic accident that night she begins to change her mind.
Twice sent back to Sydney suffering dengue fever and malaria, on her third attempt Mrs Pryke finally managed to join her prospector husband at the Koranga Creek goldfields. The life there suited her and she prospected and mined in her own right.