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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 The Foxhole
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The narrator recalls an old guilty memory while meditating, and resolves to expose it. As a child, the narrator often played with their uncle, Harry, who had Down syndrome; their mother died in childbirth, leaving Aunty to raise them on their grandparents' farm. Mrs B's son, Andrew, was maimed during the war, leaving him one-armed. He also started to accompany Harry and the narrator.

Harry loved foxes and kept close watch on a fox den in the dam wall. However, one day Andrew comes to kill the foxes; the narrator shouts a warning to Harry at the last minute. Harry accidentally shoots Andrew dead in the struggle. When Aunty arrives at the scene and learns what happened from the narrator, Aunty kills Harry before disguising the scene as a murder-suicide, claiming it would be kinder to Harry.

In the present, after Aunty's death, the narrator is determined to let Mrs B know her son was not a murderer.


  • Warning: Please be aware that this work may contain words, terms or descriptions which may be culturally sensitive and are considered inappropriate today, but which reflect the period in which it was written.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Down syndrome, amputated arm.
    Type of character Primary and secondary.
    Point of view First person (not the disabled character).

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