Carrion Colony by Dr. Richard King

By Dr. Richard King

This absurdist comedy is decided in a fictional penal colony, outdated & New Bridgeford, in early 19th-century Australia. using boisterous language and over-the-top characters current background via a wickedly satirical lens.

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These were fantastical maps these last ones. They could be fictions, they could feature mighty crags, and mighty canyons, they could be swamp-ridden and pox-ridden and filth-ridden and unrideable. They could be marred by great plains of salt or vast fields of ice, it didn’t matter, their essential purpose was to dissuade any other Europeans from having an interest in this august Southern land. Governor Rantallion (for that was the gentleman’s name) made quite clear the purpose of these maps, he exalted the Cartographer to excel and spare no labour in their execution.

By this manner he could learn what plants of this planet were fit to eat, which lands were safe, which black men honourable, which portents ominous. He bid that he should teach one of these black people English, and thus ensure fruitful discourse. He knew of one amongst the local natives he thought fitting for the project, a man of pickled eyes and awry limbs, a man of scratches, snarls and frequent curses, of like age to himself and a frequent visitor to their camp. A prickly fellow called ‘Grr .

QXD 5/3/02 12:09 PM Page 27 Carrion Colony climbed aboard the dinghy and took his place. He directed the men to row them back to Old Bridgeford. At no point did he retrieve his knife. QXD 5/3/02 12:09 PM Page 31 CHAPTER 1 DOCTOR WILMOT Young Doctor Wilmot had worked admirably hard on the grounds and surrounds of his cottage. He had worked unflaggingly, he had requisitioned convicts to work unflaggingly on his behalf; he had dug and threshed and laboured and toiled until he got his land right, and it all looked terrible.

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