The two-storeyed building of mottled red brickwork, windows dappled with morning sunlight, stood close to the road. There was a narrow garden of acacia trees with their intense lime-green leaves, and the bushes of forsythia with their yellow flowers grew along a blue paling fence, jagged like the teeth of some beast. The school catered for girls of the district—the neighbouring working-class and housing commission suburbs—the many daughters of immigrants and some refugees, the labourers and shopkeepers, cleaners, security guards, bus drivers, railwaymen and taxi drivers. And now the girls were streaming along the footpath and through the gates, white…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles

Digital Subscription

$68/ YR

Get the latest ideas from Australia’s most insightful writers.

Subscribe

  • Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Printed & Digital Subscription

$87/ YR

For avid readers of leading ideas
from Australia’s brightest.

Subscribe

  • Printed & Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Quadrant Patron

$300/ YR

Show your support for Australia’s
most open minded publication.

Subscribe

  • Quadrant Patron includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  • All new editions of Quadrant Books
  • Exclusive invitations to Quadrant Dinners, book launches and events.