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Death Wore Green

Short Story (2237 words)

This is one of several stories which appeared in the This Week supplement to a number of North American newspapers, but does not seem to have been published in Britain.

Joe Barker, a ship's cook, falls overboard and lands up on a Pacific Island. Six girls have rescued him, and he must choose one of them as a bride. But one has been designated by the local God, and if Joe chooses wrong he will be torn limb from limb. He is warned to choose the one wearing a red skirt, but alas Joe is colour-blind.

Canning also uses the theme of colour-blindness in the story "Star stuff".

 

This Week Magazine, 24 March, 1957.
Reprinted in Australian Women's Weekly, 24 July 1957.

Included in the collection Comedies and Whimsies, ed. John Higgins.