[Keeping Up Appearances]


You could tell them by signs that were plain; by the ink-stains; by the bits of mortar or plaster on their hats and clothes; by the paint spots; the lime-discoloured nails; the French polisher by the stains on his hands and nails; the clerk by his clothes and hands. But. most of all, you could tell them by their 'drift* in the street - the saddest and most hopeless drag of all.

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Published 1 October 1982 in Volume 10 No. 4. Subjects: Migrants, Sydney, Trades workers, Unemployment, Urban, Henry Lawson.

Cite as: Lawson, Henry. ‘[Keeping Up Appearances].’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 10, no. 4, 1982, doi: 10.20314/als.c7a1d1899d.