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‘…Hey, you know something, it’ll only drink out of a red cup. They like anything red.’

‘You got anything red on you?’

‘Yeah,’ Rob said, pulling out a red bandanna. ‘This.’

‘Give us it,’ Jimmy said. He broke off a piece of wood and tied the handkerchief around it. ‘Now, when I lob this near the old goanna we drop and run—get it?’

(Randolph Stow, The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea, 16)