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Until shortly before the immediate action of the story, she has been working with the elderly in a home. She has given up that job.
By doing so, he makes himself a part of the history he is teaching, relating his tales to local history and genealogy. The headmaster tries to entice Tom into taking an early retirement at a decent pension.
Tom resists because his leaving would mean that the History Department would cease to exist and history would simply be combined with the broader area of General Studies. She testifies that God told her to do it.
The publicity that attends her arrest reflects badly on the school, and Tom is told that he now must go into retirement.
He is given no alternative. This is the bare frame of a story that becomes extremely complicated and convoluted. Tom uses his impending forced retirement as an excuse to unfold an extremely interesting story to his students.
The bulk of Waterland is devoted to this story that, before it is done, covers some three hundred years of local history and relates it to the broader historical currents of those three centuries. Tom even makes occasional brief excursions to Anglo-Saxon times in telling his tales.
His wife dies when Tom is eight years old. Mary is also reared by her father because her mother died giving birth to her. He sees that his daughter receives strict religious training and that she attends a good church school.
As Mary matures, her interest in men grows, and she and Tom slip into an affair. It is discovered that Mary is pregnant. Mary says that he is not and lies to him, telling him that sixteen-year-old Freddie Parr is the father, although she has not had an affair with Freddie.
Dick, distraught at this information, struggles with the drunken Freddie, who cannot swim, and pushes him into the River Leem. Mary tries to provoke a miscarriage but fails, so she and Tom, the father of the child, go to Mary Clay, an old crone, who performs an abortion that leaves Mary sterile.
Her father forces her into seclusion, and for three years she remains isolated, engaging largely in prayer and meditation.
Tom is away fighting in World War II. Finally the two fathers agree to bring their children together again; unknown to them, Tom has already written to Mary.Graham Swift's Waterland In three pages this paper discusses how in his text Waterland Graham Swift uses history with examples provided.
Three sources are cited in . Graham Swift was born in and is the author of ten novels, three collections of short stories, and Making an Elephant, a book of essays, portraits, poetry, and reflections on his life in writing. With Waterland, he won the Guardian Fiction Award, and.
Waterland by Graham Swift: Analysis of Chapter Fourteen This essay will critically analyse chapter fourteen of Waterland by Graham Swift and establish that it is in the style of a self-conscious lesson in history directed at the reader.
Graham (Colin) Swift was born May 4, , in London, England, the son of Allan Stanley and Sheila Irene (Bourne) Swift. His father was a civil servant. Swift attended Dulwich College, in South London, from to Swift's earlier novel Waterland () is also preoccupied with the past, but it is a much easier book to read, with fewer characters and a more articulate narrator.
This is Tom Crick, a South London history teacher who is about to be retired, und The Tide of History/5. [Victorian Web Home —> Neo-Victorianism —> Graham Swift —> Waterland] 1.
Crick explains some of the theories proposed by those who lived in the Fens after the death of Sarah Atinkinson, one admitedly far fetched because it endows the paralized matriarch with supernatural powers with which she watched over the Fens quietly.