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    Posted by U15268298 (U15268298) on Monday, 14th May 2012

    I'm struggling to find relevant quotes to use in my essays. Help please?
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    Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Monday, 14th May 2012

    Here are a few quotations, mostly relating to Chris and to the connection between Chris’ life and nature:

    • Towards the end of ‘Ploughing’ where Chris is conscious she is maturing physically, we are told that “she is no more than ploughed land still.”
    • The contrasting desires of ‘the two Chrisses’ are compared to a furrowed field: “the furrows went criss and cross, you wanted this and you wanted that.”
    • Chris “hated also and she didn’t hate, father, the land, the life of the land.”
    • Her love for Ewan and her marriage is compared to a natural cycle: they decide to marry in winter “For was not the Spring to come and the seed-time springing of their love, and the bonny days of the summer, flowering it, and autumn with the harvest of their days?” (‘Seed-Time’)
    • Chris is elated when she hears she has been left the entire estate, giving her the freedom to move away from “the filthy soss of a farm” and resume her studies. Yet as she walks in the fields she again feels the emotional pull of the land: “sea and sky and the folk . . . lasted but as a breath . . . but the land was forever.” “She hated and loved in a breath
    • The community rallies round at the funeral, at which Chris walked “free and uncaring” and Ewan Tavendale “walked beside her”. It is only later that she “wept softly for the father she’d never helped and forgot to love.”
    • Metaphorically, the spell of good weather in ‘Harvest’ represents the early idyllic phase of their marriage: the weather had been “so good folk didn’t believe it could last, there must soon be a break of the fine interplay of the last two months.”
    • When Chris is pregnant and Ewan is “coaxing the straw to grow and grow”, the connection between the two processes of natural growth is pointed out: “she watched Ewan still – a mother with his child he was, the corn his as this seed of his hers, burgeoning and ripening, growing to harvest.”
    • Epilude: “The crofter is gone . . . nothing is true but change, nothing abides.”

    If you haven't already done so, use the bitesize material to help with your revision of the book:


    When looking for and learning quotations, remember that their function is to back up points you have made. For every quotation, you should ask: 'what does this reveal about character and/or themes?'

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