Lesson 1 (from The Bells are Rung Up)
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers is set in the small English village of Fenchurch St. Paul a few years after World War I ends. This lesson will discuss the geographical, chronological and cultural settings of the novel and the importance of the setting in depicting character and in enhancing the plot.
1. Class Discussion: What is the primary geographical setting of The Nine Tailors? What is unique about the geography of the Fens? How do you think the flatness of the land and the tendency to flood, as evidenced by the area's system of dikes, drains and sluice-gates might affect the plot? In what era is the novel set? What war have the characters just experienced as the book begins? What epidemic are the characters presently experiencing? How does the historical or chronological setting of the story affect the plot? How does the era...
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