I'm writing a composition about a short story by John Morrison, "The Children", following some given questions, and one of them asks me for explaining why the main character of the story says to the reporter "You wouldn't read about it, woud you?", referring to "that bit of cultivation", and why the reporter agrees with him, but I don't know what it means. The story is about a man, Mr Allen, who is told to go with his truck to save the children in a school in a fire in Australia. He goes first to his own house to save his wife and children and he does not arrive on time to get into the school for the other children. The story is told from the point of view of a reporter who interviews Mr Allen. The "bit of cultivation" referres, according to the question on my book, to a "lot of fern and blackberry cut" that "a bloke just avobe the creek had". I don't know very well what are the fern and balckberry cut and the creek. I think the first two are just heaps of cut plants and the the creek, a place whatever. Anyway, I think what they are exactly is not very important. The paragraph is the following: Mr Allen says: " '(...) And to top it all off my own place got missed! That bit of cultivation down there - you wouldn't read about it, would you?' No, you wouldn't read about it." (this is the reporter, narrating in first-person) I think Mr Allen mean that no other newspaper has mentioned the bit of cultivation which spoilt his calculations and make the school burn too fast for him to have time to arrive, so he appears as an evil person who did nothing to save the children. Is that right? Can anybody explain to me that paragraph? Thanks in andvance, try to answer as soon as possible, I have to present my composition after Christmas. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!!