A Month in the Country: notes

“The jacket illustration for J. L. Carr’s A Month in the Country shows Tintagel Parish Church whereas the story is set in Yorkshire. The grave outside the churchyard wall was suggested by Tintagel where a number of early graves were encountered in ploughing Trecarne Lands and excavated in 1956. They were dated most probably between 500 and 1000 AD by the county archaeologist.[13]”

The jacket illustration shows Tintagel Parish Church whereas the story is set in Yorkshire. The grave outside the churchyard wall was suggested by Tintagel where a number of early graves were encountered at Trecarne Lands and excavated.


As Tom slowly, methodically sets about gently removing the whitewash from the painting, he comes to know the inner-most workings of the village, its natives and their little secrets. There’s not much more to the story than his gentle adaptation to rural living, the friendships he makes and the recuperative power of time to heal emotional wounds.
It’s a story about resurrection and healing but the healing can only go so far.
“She comes not when Noon is on the roses…”
(lovely music)
There’s more about the film at that site
 And two more poems on the epigraph page,  the book is obviously going to be a love story –
parish of Oxgodby  – fictional but based on:
Birkin – age 25, nice guy name but a face twitch and a stammer from the war –
Rev. J.G. Keach – 30,  harsh sounding name,  puritanical old tightwad parish priest – very negative
Moon –  nice name,  nice guy,  25 or so,  happy camper in his bell-shaped tent
Messop –  “mess-up?”   shares room for bell-ringing
Hebron –  Hebrews – old rich name, mostly dead, this is the legacy
Kathy Ellerbeck – age 14,  daughter of station master – nice kid
Alice Keach –  lovely wife of the Rev. –  trapped,  bell-like laugh
Burkin’s pay (page 14)
25 British guineas is  125 British pounds – So in 1920, £125  would have the same spending worth of 2005’s £2,651.25 or  $4226.87
considering room (ha!) was included I’d say that’s pretty good – but he still has to buy his food and won’t get paid until later.
Kirtles (page 14)
Snoods (page 14)
Stoke Orchard (page 17)


Chalgrove (page 17)

(I believe Marion sent this one)
ballusters –  (page 21)
Banister Fletcher (page 21)
Joseph Conrad – ? (page 21)
 (died in 1924,  had written most of his oeuvre by 1920 – Burkin must have been a fan but … why not Thomas Hardy? – what is Carr saying about Burkin – or Conrad?)
Bottecelli – Primavera  (page 43)
yashmak (page 44)
pride of Uffizi –  (page 45)  best artwork of the  Uffizi galleries in Florence?
Symbolism –
bells – tower, rope, tent, laughter,
 protection /

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