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Steventon, Hampshire, 1796
FOND AS SHE WAS of solitary walks, Jane had been wandering rather longer than she had intended, her mind occupied not so much with the story she had lately been reading as with one she hoped soon to be writing. She was shaken from this reverie by the sight of an unfa miliar figure, sitting on a stile, hunched over a book. Her first impres sion was that he was the picture of gloom - dressed in shabby clerical garb, a dark look on his crinkled face, doubtless a volume of dusty ser mons clutched in his ancient hand. Even the weather seemed to agree with this assessment, for while the sun shone all around him, he sat in the shadow of the single cloud that hung in the Hampshire sky. Realiz ing how far she had come from home, Jane thought it best to retrace her steps without interrupting the cleric's thoughts as he had unknow ingly interrupted hers. During the long walk home, across fields shimmering with the haze of summer heat, she amused herself by sketching out a character of this old man, storing him away, like so many others, for possible inclusion in some novel yet to be conceived. He was, she decided, a natural history enthusiast, but his passion lay not with anything beautiful like butterflies or wildflowers. No, his particu lar expertise was in the way of garden slugs, of which he could identify twenty-six varieties.