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|According to James Edward Austen-Leigh...
Written by Christopher
(10/15/2011 3:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch.10: Off the beaten track., penned by Rachel G
In chapter two of J.E. Austen-Leigh's "A Memoir of Jane Austen", he states: "But 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 enought to contain within it a winding footpath, or a rough cart track. Under its shelter the earliest primroses, anemones, and wild hyacinths were to be found; sometimes, the first bird's nest; and now and then, the unwelcome adder. Two such hedgerows radiated, as it were, from the parsonage garden."
Shapard states in his annotations, after quoting some of the above: "This sort of hedgerow provides an ideal setting for this scene in the novel, for its large channel allows Captain Wentworth and Louisa to walk side by side and talk, while its thick tall woods mean that they cannot see outside it to realize that somebody else is just on the other side and able to hear them."
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