The Secret History Setting & Symbolism

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Hampden College

Hampden College is a small school located near Battenkill, Vermont. The school is set in a picturesque area, complete with wooded areas and snowy mountains. The town of Hampden is small and rural, with the biggest nod to culture being a local movie theater, the Orpheum Theater.

The college itself is comprised of an eclectic mix of people. Many of the students come from wealthy families although some students, like Papen, are surviving by the skin of their teeth. A great deal of the story revolves around the Lyceum, where Julian Morrow's office is located. Morrow's office is on the top floor of the Lyceum and is a shrine to the classics, literature and language of the Ancient Greeks. No one but Julian and the students are allowed inside the classroom, which is more luxurious and spacious than any other space on campus.

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