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Written by Cheryl
(10/13/2011 10:04 p.m.)
Hedgerows play a significant part in the action of the Long Walk (ch. 10). I've got an interesting footnote on Austen and hedgerows:
Austen's description of this hedgerow - with its channel "down the centre" - is undoubtedly drawn from childhood recollections of the hedgerows around the Hampshire village of Steventon, where she grew up. According to her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh, "the chief beauty of Steventon consisted in its hedgerows. A hedgerow, in that country, does not mean a thin formal line of quickset, but an irregular border of copse-wood and timber, often wide enough to contain within it a winding footpath, or a rough cart track."
Interesting, to get this glimpse into the writer's process. I don't know what she planned with the hedgerow scene in MP, but she put it to good use in Persuasion.
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