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In 1820s’ rural Derbyshire, an deserted new-born is chanced on below a hawthorn bush through Carey, a witch residing unexplainedly on church floor within the village of Brockhill. She names the foundling Valentine and increases him as a pagan.

Valentine’s impoverished youth is by means of an unforeseen educational schooling from the neighborhood vicar on whose land the pair reside. The younger boy’s adolescent love for Susan, a fellow village orphan, and his later ardour for Francis Levett-Bayne, the well-heeled yet dissolute property proprietor, bring about an awakening of conflicting but conflated sexual wishes.

Mary Reynolds, in her moment novel, dramatically and sensitively portrays Valentine’s improvement from rural urchin to younger urban gentleman, and tells the tale of ways his fight to go away in the back of his Satanic roots has finally tragic results.

The Hare
In the black furrow of a field
I observed an outdated witch-hare this night;
And she cocked her lissome ear,
And she eyed the moon so bright,
And she nibbled o' the green;
And I whispered 'Whsst! witch-hare,'
Away like a ghostie o'er the field
She fled, and left the moonlight there.

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