Black Diggers

Black Diggers


Tom Wright

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Beersheba, Palestine Term Analysis

An important city in the southern desert of Palestine (now Israel). Its founding is recounted in the Bible, and it was the site of an important World War One battle between British and Ottoman forces. Laurie, who fights in this battle, quotes a passage from the Bible in which the prophet Elijah, a wanted man, takes refuge in Beersheba, but begs God for death when he arrives.
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Beersheba, Palestine Term Timeline in Black Diggers

The timeline below shows where the term Beersheba, Palestine appears in Black Diggers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One
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On the war’s eastern front, “the day before the attack of Beersheba” in Palestine, Laurie and a British Captain take turns quoting the Bible verses in which... (full context)