Jim Crace

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The Pillory

In its various uses, the pillory represents the village’s initial vitality and eventual decline. At the beginning of the novel, Walter notes that the village doesn’t have a church, only a pile of stones that…

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Sheep in the novel represent an unfeeling yet unavoidable modernity, whose cost is the dissolution of a more communal way of life. When Master Jordan arrives to take control of his property, he announces a…

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