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The setting for “Old Woman Magoun,” by Mary E. Wilkins (Freeman) is a small village or hamlet set high in a mountain range next to the Barry River. The village is named after the Barry family who were prominent in its past. It sits where the quickly moving river water can be damned or forded. At the beginning of the story, the hamlet is separated from a town that is three miles away named Greenham, which is not easily accessible because there is no bridge over the river. That changes in the story as the men of the village build a crude bridge that connects the two villages. Although most of the story is set in Barry’s Ford, the road to and from Greenham plays a prominent role as the setting for the rising action of the story just prior to it reaching its climax.
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