Note: Cumberland


A major county in the English lake district, Cumberland was by the 1820s strongly associated with the poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey, then known as the "Lake School" and since canonized as the first generation of Romantics. It represents in this novel a "northern," traditional way of life, close to nature and the English past.

This provides a significant context for Lionel Verney's early rustic life. And the lake of Ulswater, in Cumberland, is the site of Perdita's rural cottage. (I.1)

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