Only the Animals: Stories - The Bones: Soul of Camel, Died 1892, Australia Summary & Analysis

Ceridwen Dovey
This Study Guide consists of approximately 86 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Only the Animals.
This section contains 1,715 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Only the Animals: Stories Study Guide

Summary

Set in 1892, Australia, “The Bones” begins with a camel, first-person narrator, telling the story of the night he dies. He sits around the campfire with Master Mitchell, who is asleep, and Henry Lawson, the famous Australian poet. In this imaginative reconstruction, Henry Lawson is merely a “poet drifter” (3), who drunkenly addresses the camel. A goanna wanders around the campfire as Lawson talks.

Lawson complains that Mitchell should have “put the bones back,” claiming that Mitchell will “go to hell” for stealing them (4). Lawson compares Mitchell to Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol," then remembering how his mother read Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe to him as a child. The camel does not know if Lawson is addressing him or not, but enjoys the conversation, for it reminds him of his old master, Zeriph.

Lawson continues...

(read more from the The Bones: Soul of Camel, Died 1892, Australia Summary)

This section contains 1,715 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Only the Animals: Stories Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Only the Animals: Stories from BookRags. (c)2018 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook