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Q: literature quotation ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: literature quotation
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: lundy-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 30 Dec 2002 00:16 PST
Expires: 29 Jan 2003 00:16 PST
Question ID: 134863
To which country is Elspeth Huxley referring in the following quote
"This country is a rim containing people round a withered hub
Subject: Re: literature quotation
Answered By: luciaphile-ga on 06 Jan 2003 07:00 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi lundy-ga,

Thanks for your question. The answer is indeed Australia. 

The complete quotation is, "and in Sydney was the sun . . .  From it
[the sun] springs the whole Australian temperament . . . This country
is a rim containing people round a withered hub and fringed by over
12,000 miles of coast lapped or pounded by oceans."

"Their Shining Eldorado: A Journey through Australia," by Elspeth
Huxley. New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1967, p. 17.

Search strategy:
Going off the suggestions provided by pafalafa-ga and the others from
previously posted questions, I went to the library and found a book
Huxley had written about Australia.

I hope this answers your question. If you need additional information,
please ask for clarification before rating my answer and I will do my
best to assist you.

lundy-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: literature quotation
From: answerfinder-ga on 30 Dec 2002 01:38 PST
This has already been asked at and
Subject: Re: literature quotation
From: pafalafa-ga on 30 Dec 2002 10:18 PST
Hello there Lundy.  I've been waiting to see what the answer is to
your query (as I'm sure you have) but to no avail, so I thought I'd
have a look around.  I think the answer is probably Tasmania, but I'm
too cheap to find out for sure.

A search on the terms "withered hub" and "huxley" at
comes up with the following:

1 document matched your query "withered hub and huxley".  
THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN , 10-06-1995 , Ed: 0 , Pg: R02 , 2079 words , 
YEARS ago I heard that the bloke who inspired Charles Dickens's Fagin
had been transported to Tasmania and had died at Port Arthur. Wrong.
He died in Hobart in September 1850, in the custody of Judah Solomon,
a convict who'd made good and donated th...

That's all there was, but the full article apparently contains the
Huxley quote, and the context seems to be Tasmania.  You can access
the full text of the article at the site above, for a fee.  Happy New
Year, and good luck with the London Times travel contest!
Subject: Re: literature quotation
From: tehuti-ga on 30 Dec 2002 17:42 PST
On the other hand, she seemed to have a fairly positive impression of

"I found the guardians of the island's fauna more hopeful than in any
of the mainland States. This is because Tasmania is not yet over-run
by humans. There is still living-space for kangaroos and wallabies, as
well as for the smaller marsupials....Tasmania also pursues an
enlightened policy in regard to its National Parks, not to be confused
with fauna sanctuaries. Laws to protect some of the island's natural
beauties go back to 1915 when the Scenery Preservation Act was passed.
It was many years before the rest of Australia woke up to the need.
This Act must have been one of the first seeds of National Parks to be
planted anywhere outside the United States."

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