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Gone to Earth (1917)
by Mary Webb
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The daughter of a Welsh gypsy and a crazy bee-keeper, Hazel Woodus is happiest living in her forest cottage in the remote Shropshire hills, at one with the winds and seasons, protector and friend of the wild animals she loves. But Hazel's beauty and innocence prove irresistible to the men in her orbit. Both Jack Reddin, the local squire and Edward Marston, the gentle minister, offer her human love. Hazel's fate unfolds as simply and relentlessly as a Greek tragedy, as a child of nature is drawn into a world of mortal passion in which she must eternally be a stranger.
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Hazel Woodus has a father who plays the harp and builds coffins. Her closest friend is a pet fox. Even so, this beautiful child of nature can't help but draw men to her, including the minister who she marries and the fox-hunter who relentlessly pursues her. Hazel's na vet allows Mary Webb's themes of human cruelty, savagery, and sacrifice to come through.
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