“ How quick come the reasons for approving what we like! ”
—Jane Austen1
On the evening of Sunday, January 24, 1965, a twenty-four-year-old doctor was driving along a two-lane country road from Sydney to Goulburn. It had been a sunny, pleasant day for him in Sydney, relaxing by the swimming pool with his mother, sister, and brother. Now he was returning to work in a hospital in Goulburn, his first assignment since qualifying as a doctor. It was early evening, and as he drove along, the olive green fields of the Australian countryside were silently dissolving into night. Traffic was light that evening, and he had no particular reason to pay attention to the car that was traveling toward him from the ...

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