Fosters. Secluded cottage in southern England’s East Sussex region built in 1621. After winning a fortune in a football pool, Clegg buys the house because of its isolation and particularly because it has a large cellar complex. Its location, two miles from the nearest village and three quarters of a mile from the nearest neighbor, provides a perfect locale for Clegg to follow his dream, to “collect” Miranda as he has collected butterflies. After he kidnaps Miranda, he confines her in his cellar. During her two months of imprisonment, Clegg lives upstairs while Miranda lives underground in her whitewashed cellar room with no fresh air. Her claustrophobic cellar existence symbolizes Clegg’s darker nature and the unconscious desires that he cannot integrate into his personality.
The cottage’s cellars are described realistically, the outer room equipped as a kitchen and the inner cellar as a bed-sitting room. Miranda refers to her stone-and-concrete chamber as the “crypt” and longs for sunlight and fresh air and freedom, which lie outside her locked door. The cottage is surrounded by fields of alfalfa (lucerne), gardens, hedges, and woods. Clegg himself is impervious to the natural beauties of his home but Miranda’s artistic nature leads her to admire the main house’s upstairs rooms, with “crossbeams and nooks and delicious angles,” which she gets to visit only occasionally. Miranda struggles against her...
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