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- Full Title: “Waiting”
- When Written: 2009
- Where Written: Victoria, Australia
- When Published: “Waiting” was first published in 2009. It was later included in the 2012 collection Like A House On Fire.
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Realist Short Story
- Setting: An Australian public hospital
- Climax: The narrator mentally tells Pete to give up and let the cows eat their struggling wheat crop
- Antagonist: Miscarriages, the callous and unfeeling male ultrasound techs, and the forces of nature
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Waiting
Pregnancy Tests. While the narrator’s mention of the “two blue lines” may be well-known shorthand for a positive result on a modern at-home pregnancy test, testing for pregnancy hasn’t always been so simple. From the 1930s through the 1950s, a pregnancy test involved injecting a female lab animal with a woman’s urine to see if the animal ovulated. The discovery that scientists could use Xenopus toads was revolutionary, as they didn’t have to kill and dissect the toads to check for ovulation—the test was positive if the toad laid eggs.