Saturday, July 16, 2011


As Bare as a Mole Hill

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), My Life, Chapter 3 (on "Cherry-bourne House"):
To the eastward were cornfields and pastures, mostly surrounded with very large oaks and some ash trees—indeed at that time the country between Wylam and Bywell was beautified with a great deal of wood, which presented the appearance of a continued forest, but these are long since stubbed up—needy gentry care little about the beauty of a country and part of it now is comparatively as bare as a mole hill.
Text in Thomas Bewick, My Life, ed. Iain Bain (London: The Folio Society, 1981), p. 45.


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