Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
Much of the action occurs in the houses and yards of Battle Hill residents. Not far from the manor house lives Lawrence Wentworth, whose home (unknown to him) holds the ghost of the construction worker. Elsewhere in town, Pauline Anstruther lives with her dying grandmother. Near them lives Myrtle Fox, another young woman in the play.
Although Lily Sammile seems to visit everyone, no one knows where she lives. The reader is shown the woman’s supernatural nature and learns that she lives in a shed by the town cemetery. In the apocalyptic moments after the climax of the play, some graves literally open, their tattered inhabitants gravitating toward Lily Sammile. She attempts to lure various living residents of Battle Hill, and when she fails, her shed, which is also referred to as a cave, collapses around her.
Williams makes much of gates, doorways, and other entrances. Wentworth encounters a female demon (a succubus), but she falls down at a threshold. Lily Sammile is often seen by a gate–Margaret Anstruther’s house’s gate, the cemetery gate–waiting for people she can talk into becoming like her. Since the novel is about choices of modes of being, a gate can represent choice, the definite border between one place and another, and, more specifically, the entry to heaven or hell.
Wentworth spies on Hugh Prescott and Adela Hunt at a train station, and at the end, a train takes both him and Pauline Anstruther to London. Just as gates mark a choice between two places, trains are vehicles from one place to another, representing movement and change.
*London. Capital of Great Britain to which Pauline goes at the end of the novel in order to enjoy her new life. Wentworth takes the same train, but will not sit with her. In fact, he has forsworn all human community, and in London he completely loses any comprehension of the people and world around him.
London is also a spiritual destination, symbolic of heaven, or at least some desirable afterlife, when the ghost of the construction worker asks Pauline for directions to London. London is also the city of eternity, and by asking to be directed there, the ghost has begun the path to redemption and travel to his next existence.
Garden of Eden. Biblical paradise in which Adam and Eve live until their Fall. When Wentworth takes the demon into his house, his arms, and his bed, he has an illusion of Eden, with him in the role of Adam and the demon as Eve. What he perceives as paradise is actually closer to the experience of being lost in the woods, which the tree and leaf imagery also supports. Moreover, Williams describes the garden as if it encloses Wentworth; instead of being banished from a garden, he has consigned himself to be its prisoner, as he grows more and more infatuated with the demon and will not leave his home.
Gomorrah. Ancient Palestinian town near Sodom that was, according to the Old Testament, destroyed by God because of its wickedness. Williams alludes to Gomorrah, which symbolizes spiritual sterility and avoidance of life, just as its companion town Sodom is symbolic of sexual perversion. When the real Adela faints outside Wentworth’s house, she is said to have fallen by the wall of Gomorrah.