Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
The cottage’s cellars are described realistically, the outer room equipped as a kitchen and the inner cellar as a bed-sitting room. Miranda refers to her stone-and-concrete chamber as the “crypt” and longs for sunlight and fresh air and freedom, which lie outside her locked door. The cottage is surrounded by fields of alfalfa (lucerne), gardens, hedges, and woods. Clegg himself is impervious to the natural beauties of his home but Miranda’s artistic nature leads her to admire the main house’s upstairs rooms, with “crossbeams and nooks and delicious angles,” which she gets to visit only occasionally. Miranda struggles against her imprisonment. Though unsuccessful in all her escape attempts, she has some success in transcending the cellar as she mentally matures.
*London. Great Britain’s capital and great city, in which Miranda grows, personally and artistically. Before being kidnapped, she attends the Slade School of Art, lives with her aunt in Hampstead, and comes to know George Paston (G.P.), an artist who functions in the novel as a foil for Clegg. In contrast, London serves as a reminder to Clegg that he does not fit in socially; he is obsessed by class differences. His pleasures in London are limited to stalking Miranda and buying “books of stark women” in Soho.
G. P.’s Studio. George Paston’s art studio in northern London’s Hampstead district. As a symbolic contrast to Miranda’s cellar room, G. P.’s studio represents freedom. In her cellar room, Miranda daydreams about G. P. and his studio, recollecting what she has learned there of art and music and relationships and herself. The studio is modest, but everything in it expresses G. P.’s true nature, thereby contrasting with Clegg’s cottage, whose inherent charm is compromised by the way he has decorated it with what he thinks represents respectability.
Ladymont. Miranda’s London boarding school before she wins a scholarship to the Slade School of Art. Throughout the novel, Miranda matures beyond the “suffocating atmosphere” of Ladymont, where middle class social propriety rules over individualism. Miranda begins to think for herself instead of blindly accepting the values of her background.
Town Hall Annexe. Clegg’s government office workplace in an unnamed town before he wins the football pool that allows him to quit his job and move to Sussex. A misfit even in the government office, Clegg only finds respite from the boring and repetitious work of clerking by staring out the window at Miranda’s family home across the street.
*Lewes (LEW-ihs). Sussex town in which Clegg shops after moving into Fosters. He avoids the nearby village in order to preserve his privacy, but his neurosis about how people regard him causes him discomfort even in Lewes.