Round About A Great Estate (ebook) PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Richard Jefferies

Round About A Great Estate (ebook)

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Publication date: November 2010
ISBN: 9781438567198
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Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) was a nature writer, noted for his depiction of English rural life in essays, books of natural history, and novels. His childhood growing up on a rural farm in England had a great influence on his fiction writings. Jefferies spent most of his life battling T B and poverty. Because of his poor health he was not suited for farm life. Jefferies became a journalist at the North Wiltshire Herald and the Swindon Advertiser. Round About a Great Estate was published in 1880. "Once upon a time in a lonely 'coombe-bottom' of the Downs, where there was neither church, chapel, nor public building of any kind, there lived a cottage-girl who had never seen anything of civilisation. A friend, however, having gone out to service in a market-town some few miles distant, she one day walked in to see her, and was shown the wonders of the place, the railway, the post-office, the hotels, and so forth. In the evening the friend accompanied her a short way on the return journey, and as they went out of the town, they passed the church. Looking suddenly up at the tower, the visitor exclaimed, 'Lard-a-mussy! you've got another moon here. Yourn have got figures all round un!' In her excitement, and prepared to see marvels, she had mistaken the large dial of the church clock for a moon of a different kind to the one which shone upon her native home." Jefferies uses this old tale as a way to begin his book of short essays about a time gone by. His collection reminds the reader of a simpler time and a way of life that will soon to be gone.
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