*London. As in Elizabeth Gaskell’s similar novel, North and South (1854-1855), the London of Sybil is not systematically portrayed. However, a contrast is set up between areas of power and those of powerlessness. The former include the Houses of Parliament, the prime minister’s residence, and such politically influential meeting places as men’s clubs and the houses of aristocratic women who see themselves as power-brokers. The latter are places where the Chartists, outsiders to London, find temporary residence on the fringes. The Temple, where “Baptist” Hatton has an office, is a sort of middle-ground, a place where power can be transferred in a way that a reactionary Parliament refuses to.
Mowbray Castle. Modern edifice in the Gothic style, built on the newly purchased Mowbray estate by the River Mowe, where it has extensive woods and parklands. The castle is built by the first man to hold the title of Lord Fitz-Warene—a newly created title that is eventually shown to be false, as the castle should belong to Sybil Gerard’s family. Meanwhile, the estate’s wealth is greatly increased by the prosperity of the nearby town of Mowbray. However, at the end of the novel, the castle is burned down by a mob of disgruntled workers, and the title reverts to its rightful owner.
Mowbray. Town that was originally a village on Mowbray estate before growing rapidly during the Industrial Revolution. Although the town’s central parts reflect its new prosperity, it also has wretched slums in its suburbs, and shantytowns beyond. Disraeli symbolically shows the...
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