Places Discussed

(Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)

Raynham Hall

Raynham Hall. Ancestral seat of the Feverel family. Like many English manorial estates, Raynham Hall is a self-contained city, frequently described as a fortress or citadel sheltering its inhabitants from the outside world. Sir Austin keeps his only son, Richard, a virtual prisoner in Raynham Hall while the boy is growing up, carefully ensuring that Richard will face no temptations, especially from women, during his formative years. Because Raynham Hall provides a practically self-sufficient community, Sir Austin is able to introduce what he believes are the right kinds of people to help shape his son’s character and not allow Richard to fall prey to the wrong woman, as happened to Sir Austin himself. The cold, lifeless surroundings of the hall are set in contrast to the grounds outside, and especially to the farms in the surrounding area, where life seems to flourish and relationships develop naturally.


Belthorpe. Home of Farmer Blaize, Lucy Desborough’s uncle. Richard and his friend Ripton arrange to burn a haystack on the farm in retaliation for Farmer Blaize’s treatment of them when he catches them poaching game. In having to admit guilt for his offense, Richard visits Belthorpe and first meets Lucy. A future chance meeting in the woods brings the young people together again, and the rural setting provides an Arcadian backdrop for their first amatory adventures. Despite his father’s...

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