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The wind either played or howled round our house; it rarely died altogether. It was a constant companion, in one's hair and in the leaves and in the telegraph poles, whirling the smoke down the chimneys, rattling the sash windows, and bringing the middle door to with a bang if front or back were suddenly opened. When I was told the story of Jacob wrestling with God I saw him struggling to open our heavy front door in the wind. The wind streamed round us straight from everywhere. From whatever direction it blew it met house and swept on and round it like a sea-swirl over and around rocks.
From whatever direction it blew it met house and swept on and round it like a sea-swirl over and around rocks. Winter gales were glorious. When the winds were really high, entering our house from the lanes was almost like getting into a beleaguered fortress. In the lanes we were protected by hedges. Then, tugging open our gate, we would advance a few yards in the shelter of the wall before running the gauntlet of the wind in the open garden. Sometimes we could only just manage to round the projecting corner of the house against which the wind would try to hurl us.
More specifically, the Purves brothers confirm that the opening chapter, 'The River Bank', was inspired by a boating trip up the Fowey River, undertaken by Grahame, 'Atky', and their father, 'to a little village called Golant, on the right bank, for tea. ' Similarly the entire open-air sequence of 'Wayfarers All' is supposed to have been directly provoked by a walk Grahame and Austin Purves (or 'Atky') took in the near-by countryside; perhaps 'towards the west on the Fowey side, past Ready Money Cove, to St.
A Cornish Anthology by A. L. Rowse (auth.)