“I were 12 yr. and 3 wk. old that day”

I were 12 yr. and 3 wk. old that day and if my feet were callused one inch thick and my hands hard and my labourer’s knees cut and scabbed and stained with dirt no soap could reach yet did I not still have a heart and were this not he who gave me life now all dead and ruined? Father son of my heart are you dead from me are you dead from me my father.

Peter Carey. True History of the Kelly Gang (2000).

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