"The Hole..." as Romantic. No. 1 of "Three readings of Sargeson's 'The Hole That Jack Dug'"
The author suggests that one reason for accepting Frank Sargeson's stories as realistic is that there have been no close analyses of any of them. In discussing "The hole that Jack dug" the author aims to show that such a mature Sargeson story is indeed romantic, as well as to throw light on the way it is put together.