Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, British Fiction Series)
Wolf Solent, a thirty-five-year-old history master from London, decided to accept a post in the Dorset village that he and his mother had left when he was ten years old. His father, a teacher in the village school, had carried on several affairs with local women and had died in disgrace years before. When Wolf arrived in the village, Ramsgard, he had the promise of a job as secretary to Mr. Urquhart, the local squire, who was engaged in writing a history of the area. Wolf, haunted by the misery and poverty of the city and anticipating a peaceful existence in the area of his origin, looked forward to establishing himself in Ramsgard, where he planned to have his mother join him.
On his first day there, Wolf called on Selena Gault, his father’s old mistress. She took him to his father’s grave, which she tended with reverence, and praised his father’s force and vitality in contrast to the rigid control Wolf’s mother had always maintained. Wolf went to live with the Otters. There he found himself attracted to Darnley’s sane kindness but repelled by Jason’s erratic conversation and worship of mystic symbols.
When Wolf began to work for Squire Urquhart, he soon discovered that the Squire’s proposed history was simply a chronicle of all the scandals and salacious stories of the county. About the same time, Wolf met Gerda Torp, the beautiful daughter of the local stonecutter. He was attracted by her beauty, which was enhanced by the...
(The entire section is 1091 words.)
Want to Read More?
Subscribe now to read the rest of Wolf Solent Summary. Plus get complete access to 30,000+ study guides!