Why does the girl say, ”we are seven”?
In this poem by William Wordsworth , the speaker meets "a little cottage Girl" and strikes up a conversation with her. He asks her the simple question one might routinely ask a child, "Sisters and brothers, little Maid, how many may you be?" The girl tells him "Seven are we," but goes on to say that two live in Conway, a seaport village in North Wales, and two "are gone to sea," presumably serving in the British Navy. She then easily drops the fact that two of her siblings are buried in the church-yard near...
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