This section contains words approx. Fred gets out of the dinghy and stands on the reef. It is this violent end that sticks in the mind, just as Sargeson wanted it to. A wind comes up and the sea starts to get a little choppy. Cultural Nationalism in a Changing World. Ken is Fred’s companion on the fishing trip. Even its appearance on the page is unusual. But my publishers think my longest book, Memoirs of a Peon , is one of the funniest books written anywhere this century.

They reach the end of the island, which is uninhabited. Fred is envious of Ken, and it is this that fuels his undeclared hatred of his companion. View the Study Pack. Fred maneuvers the dinghy, and they find the reef. Mary appears to have been Fred’s best friend, and he feels he has lost her since she went into domestic service with Ken’s aunt. He dresses shabbily, and his old clothes, which he has purchased secondhand, do not fit him properly. It includes an annotated bibliography.

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"A Great Day" is one of Sargeson’s most admired stories.

This is a feature of all Sargeson’s stories, one that started a trend that many serious writers in New Zealand followed grext the s. But then Fred wargeson the dinghy off and hops into it. Dave, as he grows to maturity in the New Zealand of the early part of this century.

It was reprinted in Sargeson’s Collected Stories in reprinted, The veiled irony in Fred’s words suggests an aspect of his character.

Ken is Fred’s companion on the fishing trip. A Great Day from Gale. It was Frank Sargeson who made such types representative of an authentic New Zealand. But dqy that false exterior, Fred seethes with envy, resentment, and hatred. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying A Great Day.

It appears that they were great friends, but her family fell on hard times, and she had to take up a position as a domestic help. He is a small, slightly built man, with short legs. Stead has described as the “dark side” to Sargeson’s writing. Then he gathers his strength and capsizes the dinghy.


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The malice behind Fred’s words is not apparent until it becomes clear what he has been planning all along. Ken is sarveson out of work, but life is easier for him because he has some savings and lives rent-free with his aunt.


He wanted to give the reader the feeling that he or she is eavesdropping on a real conversation, not one filtered through the fank of an intermediary, the writer. This unemotional, detached tone continues even as the story builds to its climax. Lee, which exposed the plight of children during these catastrophic times.

This is, of course, an illusion, since He has a fine muscular body like Jack in “The Hole that Jack Dug”and he also possesses the taciturn, inexpressive quality associated with the New Zealand male in literature of the s and s.

In the following essay excerpt, Rhodes discusses how Sargeson evokes the physical environment and trank “glimpses that are caught of a twisted mind” in “A Great Day. Fred persuades Ken that they should head for a submerged reef at the end of the island.

They x the end of the island, which is uninhabited. The story is set in the depression. In “A Good Boy,” a young man reveals that he has murdered his girlfriend and has no remorse about it; dat ” Old Man ‘s Story” ends with a suicide.

He survives on “sustenance,” which means a tiny government benefit, which he supplements by Copyrights A Great Day from Gale. I lived in an old shed that had once been a stable, and it was all right except for the rats. In Memoirs of a PeonSargeson wrote a satirical account of New Zealand middle class respectability.

Ken apologizes for not offering.

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He talks, for example, about how men grow old and die and a man might as well die now as at any other time. During the trip, Fred discusses the hardships of being out of work. Fred’s sexual jealousy of Ken would also make sense of Fred’s apparent obsession with Ken’s superior physique. It is only after they change places, with Ken doing the rowing, that Fred points out Ken’s omission, asking him for a smoke.

They both get bites on their fishing lines, which are crossed. Slang expressions include “bloke” the rough equivalent of “guy” in modern American usage, and a common, usually working-class term in New Zealand today ; “bob,” which is slang for a shilling, a unit of currency; “tucker,” which means food; and “cobbers,” which means pals, as in “Mary and I used to be great cobbers.


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They may be right. On the reef they will be able to dy in water up to their knees and pull up the mussels, which could then be used for much more effective bait. Ken, who wears only shorts greaat a shirt in the boat, is bigger and stronger than the scrawny Fred, who keeps his body covered. On the reef, a few minutes’ work pulling up mussels leaves him badly out of breath.

Fred Fred is Ken’s friend and accompanies him on their fishing trip. But the way the disposition of the cigarettes has been made suggests that even this small commonality hides a large difference. In “A Man and His Wife,” the narrator is cobbers with Ted, who has had difficulties with his wife and spends more time with his male friend, who lives in an old shed. He likes to encourage the reader to use his imagination and work some things out for himself.

He is the opposite of Fred in almost every way. The poetry of the s was also concerned with issues sargesob from the depression. Copland discusses point of view in Sargeson, covering Sargeson’s extensive use of first-person narrators, but also touching on “A Great Day” as a departure from the norm demanded by the nature of the plot. In his conversation with Ken as they row out to the island, Fred manages to disguise his envy, and Ken appears not to be aware of it.

Fred gets out of the dinghy and stands on the reef. After leaving school, Sargeson worked in a Hamilton law office and studied for his law degree.