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Fictional "Up-Country" Location Cites Bass-Ball and Wicket

Salience Peripheral
Tags Fiction
City/State/Country: United States
Game Wicket, Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Retrospective
Age of Players Juvenile

"Both houses were close by the road, and the road was narrow; but on either side was a strip of grass, and in process of time, I appeared and began ball-playing upon the green strip, on the west side of the road. At these times, on summer mornings, when we were getting well warm at bass-ball or wicket, my grandfather would be seen coming out of his little swing-gate, with a big hat aforesaid, and a cane. He enjoyed the game as much as the youngest of us, but came mainly to see fair play, and decide mooted points."

There is a second incidental reference to wicket: "this is why it is pleasant to ride, walk, play at wicket, or mingle in city crowds" . . . [i.e., to escape endless introspection]. Ibid, page 90.


L.W. Mansfield (writing under the pseudonym "Z. P.," or Zachary Pundison)  Up-country Letters (D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1852), page 277 and page 90. 


Provided by David Block notes: "This is a published collection of letters that includes one dated March 1851, entitled 'Mr. Pundison's Grandfather.' In it the author is reminiscing about events of 20 years earlier."

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 It might be informative to learn whether this novel has a particular setting (wicket is only known in selected areas) and/or where author Mansfield lived.

Is it clear that the setting is the United States?


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Submitted by David Block, 2/27/2008


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