Grainger's mother's (Rose Aldridge) family history is written by her son in the style of a Nordic saga. The better family characteristics are identified as arising from their rural background, and the strengths such a lineage promoted: a “yeoman's outlook” on life and a “love of beasts”, all of which is buttressed by their physical sturdiness, patience, individuality, blond hair, blue eyes, and “hatred of arithmetic and clerkish skills”, which are identified as “town-dweller” (urban) skills. Rose's father became a hotel keeper in Adelaide, and was known for his anti-semitism as well as his skills as an amateur concert agent. The family enjoyed reading aloud together. Grainger's Auntie Clara, and his mentally impaired uncle, Frank, are described fondly.
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