Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
Belthorpe. Home of Farmer Blaize, Lucy Desborough’s uncle. Richard and his friend Ripton arrange to burn a haystack on the farm in retaliation for Farmer Blaize’s treatment of them when he catches them poaching game. In having to admit guilt for his offense, Richard visits Belthorpe and first meets Lucy. A future chance meeting in the woods brings the young people together again, and the rural setting provides an Arcadian backdrop for their first amatory adventures. Despite his father’s instructions, Richard lolls about in the woods and on the waterways in the area, courting Lucy in these idyllic settings.
*London. Great Britain’s capital serves as the meeting place for people of different backgrounds and social classes. Through a series of coincidences made believable because of their setting in the great city, Richard eventually reunites with Lucy, after she is sent away from Belthorpe at the request of Sir Austin. In London, he marries Lucy and eventually negotiates a reunion with his estranged parent. The city is also a place of intrigue, in which Richard is enticed by a woman hired to keep him away from his wife, whose employer attempts to seduce her.
*Isle of Wight. Island off the southern coast of England. Traditionally a spot for vacationers, the island serves as Richard and Lucy’s honeymoon getaway. Richard leaves Lucy there when he returns to London to seek a reconciliation with his father. Unbeknownst to him, he leaves Lucy exposed to the machinations of Lord Mountfalcon, a libertine noble who hires a woman to seduce Richard while he himself pursues Lucy. The suggestion that Wight is a spot for carefree play lends credence to the idea that people of seemingly upright social status can behave hypocritically outside the normal boundaries of society.
*Continent. European mainland on which Richard wanders aimlessly after abandoning Lucy. On the banks of the Rhine River, he experiences a wild thunderstorm that reveals to him the power of nature and variety of life; the exhilaration he feels later gives him the courage to return home to face Lucy and confess his infidelity.