。， "If you don't," said Steelman, "I'll stoush you. Never mind the bottle;fling it away. It doesn't look well for a traveller to go into a pub.with an empty bottle in his hand. A real swagman never does. It looksmuch better to come out with a couple of full ones. That's what you'vegot to do. Now, come along."
There seemed to be something queer about the whole business, but then heand his wife might have had a "breeze" during the morning. I thoughtso during the meal, when the subject of women came up, and he said onenever knew how to take a woman, etc.; but there was nothing in what hesaid that need necessarily have referred to his wife or to any woman inparticular. For the rest he talked of old bush things, droving, digging,and old bushranging--but never about live things and living men, unlessany of the old mates he talked about happened to be alive by accident.He was very restless in the house, and never took his hat off.。，
This brings recollections of a neighbour's cat who went out in thescrub, one midsummer's day, and found a brown snake. Her name--the cat'sname--was Mary Ann. She got hold of the snake all right, just within aninch of its head; but it got the rest of its length wound round her bodyand squeezed about eight lives out of her. She had the presence of mindto keep her hold; but it struck her that she was in a fix, and that ifshe wanted to save her ninth life, it wouldn't be a bad idea to go homefor help. So she started home, snake and all.。， "That's the way of it. If I went back to a woman's country again Iwouldn't swear. I'd forget this as I would a nightmare. That's theway of it. There's something of the larrikin about us. We don't existindividually. Off the board, away from the shed (and each other) we arequiet--even gentle.
。， And perhaps by-and-bye the old lady gets confidential, and seizes anopportunity to tell you what a good steady young fellow Tom is now thathe never touches drink, and belongs to a temperance society (or theY.M.C.A.), and never stays out of nights.
But presently, and perhaps just as you have made up your mind to chancethe alleged temperance business and ask Tom in to have a drink, hethrows a glance up and down the street, nudges your shoulder, says "Comeon," and disappears sideways into a pub.。， Lollies: Candy, sweets.
So you put a few shillings in your pocket, tell your landlady thatyou're going to visit an old aunt of yours or a sick friend, and mayn'tbe home that night; and then you start out to hunt up Tom Smith and haveat least one more good night, if you die for it.。，
，。， Jackeroo/Jackaroo: At the time Lawson wrote, a Jackeroo was a "newchum" or newcomer to Australia, who sought work on a station togain experience. The term now applies to any young man working as astation hand. A female station hand is a Jillaroo.