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The countryside in Newfoundland is grim and rough in comparison to the pastoral beauty of Wessex. The description of landscape is less significant than in 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'; Proulx concentrates more on the sea's power as the force that shapes the lives of the habitants, and the importance of dwelling in representing Quoyle's life and battles. Her narrative is strongly metaphorical and shares some of Hardy's lyricism, his rich language, and this combined with fragments of local dialect injected…...
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