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"Her surroundings are not favourable to the "womanly" or sentimental side of nature."
The essence of the drover's wife's life is captured in this line. The theme of women's struggle is apparent in this line. The drover's wife lives in a harsh environment which is secluded. She has to take care of four children, 'mere babies', on her own. Her husband has been gone for six months and she has to be strong, not just for herself but also for her children. This includes fighting all kinds of horrors that life throws at her, such as bush fires, floods, mad bullocks and many other struggles. This makes her slightly rugged in nature.
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