Cate Kennedy

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The Narrator

The unnamed narrator of the story is a working-class Australian woman who is married to a farmer named Pete. The narrator has already experienced at least four miscarriages—and in the story, she’s waiting at… read analysis of The Narrator


Pete is the narrator’s husband; he’s a farmer who raises cattle and various crops in rural Australia. Though the narrator describes Pete as “undemonstrative” and suggests that he’s a quiet, pragmatic, and stoic man… read analysis of Pete

The Woman

The woman is the only female radiographer at the narrator’s public hospital. Unlike her male colleagues, the woman showed the narrator compassion when she couldn’t detect a heartbeat—she held the narrator’s leg, told her… read analysis of The Woman