Fly Away Peter

by

David Malouf

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A young woman Jim meets while he’s in Brisbane to buy a new pair of boots. While he’s there, news of World War I finally reaches Australia, and the town goes wild with excitement. When Connie meets Jim, she assumes that he’s about to join the military. As such, she decides to give him “something to remember” before he goes to war, leading him to her house and having sex with him before he emerges again into the night, which is still wild with the sound of young people partying in celebration of the war.
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Connie Character Timeline in Fly Away Peter

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Chapter 5
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...since they’ve just signed up for the military. Later that night, a young woman named Connie assumes that Jim, too, will be signing up. Because of this, she decides to take... (full context)
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Just before Connie and Jim go into her house, a sound of breaking glass rises in the streets,... (full context)
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...Jim walks back into the streets feeling “pleased with himself” after having had sex with Connie. When he returns to the boarding house where he’s to spend the night, he finds... (full context)