Warings is the large manor house where Joseph Hooper and his son Edmund Hooper live. Early in the novel, Charles Kingshaw moves to Warings with his mother, Helena Kingshaw. There is a long tradition of macabre, mysterious English novels about big manor houses in the country, known as Gothic fiction. In many Gothic novels, the manor house functions almost like a character in the story—seeming to have its own personality and its own feelings about the characters who live there. Throughout the novel, Hill presents Warings as being antagonistic to Charles: at times, it seems to glare down on him, pushing him away, and on other occasions, Hill describes it as trapping him within its dark, mysterious rooms. While Charles is frightened of Warings, to Edmund Hooper, the heir of Warings, the manor represents safety and security. Warings symbolizes the English class system itself, in which certain children grow up to inherit vast properties and great wealth from their parents, while other children don't.
Warings Quotes in I’m the King of the Castle
It was an ordinary house, he thought, an ugly house, nothing to boast of. But the idea that it was his, the idea of a family history, pleased him.